Jules Struzyna Assistant Trip Leader

At 12 years old I arrived on the clear waters of Lake Temagami and knew there was nothing more beautiful in the world. For 6 summers I returned as a participant to the Canadian wilderness to learn how to canoe, portage, camp and leave no trace, and most importantly how to thrive in a small, sometimes isolated, community. I grew up and learned more about myself during the few weeks I spent at Northwaters than I did the rest of the year at home. For me, Northwaters has been integral in my development as a kind, thoughtful, and courageous human. I come back to guide each summer to provide a space for young people to find the same beauty I did, not only in the wilderness, but in themselves.

During the off season, I engage with Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies and Biology at Middlebury College in Vermont. I play rugby, and work with a local farmer, both at his dairy farm and at his sled dog operation where I train race dogs that we race all over the east coast.