March 24, 2009
The Temagami region has long been a world renown canoe tripping destination and home to North Americas finest canoe camps. Northwaters and Langskib Wilderness Programs comprise two of these camps. Our 2 Island base camps and the 2000 kilometres of canoe routes surrounding them make it possible to offer separate boys, girls and coed canoe tripping programs from 2 to 7 weeks in duration. From humble beginnings we have become a longstanding leader in the field of adventure based programing for young people. This blog is an avenue to share both within the NWL community and the world at large hard won lessons of nearly 4o years on the trail with young people.
We hope this blog will inspire you, give you a unique perspective on young people, help you understand the value of wilderness experiences as rites of passage and their role in guiding youth through adolescence. You will find posts representing an array of perspectives on the NWL experience – participants, parents, trip leaders, directors, alumni and others who share the common thread of empowering youth through wilderness adventure.
If you find yourself compelled to engage a young person, get out into nature, take up long forgotten dreams, celebrate small beauties, count your blessings and think about the future in terms of extraordinary possibilities, then our little blog has done it’s job.
As carved into the wall of the Langskib dining hall:
“You are not here to cry about the miseries of the human condition, but to change them when you find them not to your liking through the joy, strength and vitality within you”
Teeth to The Wind!
C.G. & Jodi
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