As we look ahead to the summer of 2018 and beyond to our second century of service, I am inspired by the multitude of beautiful, challenging, and life-changing wilderness experiences that Camp Manito-wish will offer for our participants this season. I also share concerns over the use and preservation of the many wild areas we are privileged to share in this country and in Canada. In the last year, invaluable stretches of land and water, including areas where our trips travel like the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, the Porcupine Mountain State Wilderness, Lake Superior, and the Artic National Wildlife Refuge have been further developed for resource extraction, lost governmental protections, or both. As we continue our 100-year-long legacy of utilizing the wilderness as a classroom I look forward to enhancing our dialogue and curriculum to help participants grow into thoughtful users of the wilderness as well. In addition to enhancing our educational program components we will continue our stewardship efforts on practical levels whenever possible. As an example, this year we have begun partnering with local lake associations in the Northwoods to better prevent the spread of invasive species. Wilderness travel has become the defining and uniting characteristic of many diverse Camp Manito-wish experiences. I believe that the experiences we are providing for our youth will help wild lands continue to flourish under their leadership for years to come. If you are looking for ways to learn more about the lands in which we travel check out the News section of our website for more information. Together, we can all contribute to another 100 years of peace on the waterways and enlightened wilderness travel for the benefit of the world in which we all live.
Paul Lovaas, Wilderness Program Director