Busy Busy Bees

To begin I apologize for the lack of blogging, it has been a hectic and exciting couple weeks with all the activities we have been doing. The boys have been busy learning their new skills and refining some skills such as portaging and paddling. This week we have had a few big days and tomorrow is the crew olympics! Monday was baking day at Sam's house and that went very nicely. During that we cooked our Hudson Bay bread and hamburger, we also mixed our bannock and hot chocolate and bagged all of that up to be brought with us for food. The hamburger has been dehydrated and bagged and we are currently working on dehydrating the beef jerky from Wednesday's beef Jerky day. So on Tuesday we had our food packing day, our dress theme was patriotic and dang were we looking good. During that day we bagged up all of the food that is purchased and just needed to be sealed with our bagging method for waterproofing and bear-proofing. Some of the items we bagged included rice, noodles, desserts, soup bases, toilet paper, and much much more. Wednesday morning was our beef jerky day. The boys were tasked with cutting up steak and removing all the fat from our jerky slices. After it was cut into nice jerky pieces it was put into marinade to give it some delicious flavoring. The boys did a great job and we went to the dehydrator right after that to get our first batch on the dehydrator. We should be finished with dehydrating the jerky Saturday then only have a couple more items to dehydrate before we can clean up Sam's shed and inventory all the food. Today we spent entirely on skills. The boys spent some time practicing packing the kettle pack, flipping canoes, portaging, paddling, and setting up a tarp. Every day I see the boys making leaps and bounds with their skills and becoming better crew mates. Tomorrow will be another exciting day with the crew olympics in the morning and then we will drive down to Emery's in the afternoon to have our crew sleepover before doing some yard work for Emery's family Saturday Morning. I will be driving one of the Voyageur vans down with all the boys so carpooling will be a breeze. I'm excited for tomorrow and hopeful the boys will be hoisting the olympic paddle in the air after we sweep a win in every event! Big things to come and I couldn't be more excited to be guiding such a fun and energetic group of young men! 

There's always water at the end of a portage trail

Hello parents and boys! Base camp and the guides have been very busy getting everything we need prepared, as well as learning and mastering any skills we might need for the coming trip. The boys are coming along nicely with their skills we have learned so far. Our last two meetings we have learned a few new skills and been putting them to work. The boys are now able to flip the canoe on their shoulders and they all have portaged a little ways down pine point road. Portaging is a skill that one can never master so the more we can practice that pre-trip, the better! I've been encouraging the boys to come out and portage without me to get as much practice as they can. The next skill we have been making good headway on are knots. We have learned the basic knots we will be utilizing on a daily basis during our trip, the bowline, two-half hitches, the square knot, the taut line, and the truckers hitch. The boys have been doing a good job with those but still need to get comfortable with each one of those before we leave on June 17th. When school is out the boys and I are going to be very busy. We will be meeting nearly every week day leading up to the trip and doing some activities as well to accomplish all the skill education and practice necessary. Events coming up are the parent meeting this Friday, May 25th and a crew meeting this Sunday, May 27th. I am looking forward to both of those and can't wait to see how the boys handle their first paddling lesson. 26 days before w're off! 

Excitement is Brewing!

The LVI season has officially been kicked off! Since my last post we've gotten to work getting the trip rolling. Our first crew meeting came just hours before the parent meeting at Buffalo Wild Wings. That brief first meeting went very well. I learned quickly that this summer is going to be full of fun and adventure. The meeting came to an end much faster than I expected, before I knew it I was running late for the parent meeting! Thankfully one of the guys, Sam I believe, (I really need to work on remembering everyones name) saved the day and grabbed my card so I could leave early. 

Following our meeting at Buffalo Wild Wings, the boys headed to Cathedral afterwards for the parent meeting. Believe it or not, this was my first parent meeting as a guide. I was unable to make last years. The parent meeting was full of many different emotions ranging from fear and excitement to even envy from some parents. I hope many of the parents questions were able to be answered there, if not please feel free to contact me. The next time I will see all of the parents will be at our crew's parent meeting. This has yet to be scheduled. In the mean time if any parent is willing to be the crew coordinator please contact me. 

Our second meeting was a brief meeting out at basecamp. Being that it was our first meeting there, I gave the guys a little slack on being late. Next time anyone's late, they will have 10 push-ups for every minute they are late. Hopefully we won't have to worry about that in the future! To start the meeting after everyone was there, we took a tour of basecamp and went over some rules as well. While we were out there the boys got to try on some of the clothing off the equipment order, as well as ask questions about what they should order and what they probably don't need. Any further questions about the equipment order please contact me ASAP, it is due this Friday to Fred. The boys also got to sand their paddle varnish off to prepare them for their painting. The guys that brought their pictures or printed them for the reformatory were able to leave them at basecamp for Fred to bring to the reformatory. Session 1's deadline for the reformatory is also this Friday.

Our next meeting will be Saturday at 5 PM. Rain or shine we will be outside learning a new skill. 40 days to go!

Welcome Parents and Participants!

Hello parents and participants!

It sure doesn't feel like it yet, but summer is quickly approaching. With that comes the LVI 2018 season and all the memories to be made. I'm excited to kick off this season with you guys and can't wait to see what this year has to offer! 

I am looking forward to meeting with you guys and getting to know everyone, as well as meeting as a crew and getting this trip all planned out! This will be an exciting but busy time for all of us. The trip will be here before we know it!

This will be my third year with the Les Voyageurs program and my second year as a guide. I went on my first trip in the summer of 2015, couldn't get enough legs under a crew for a Far North trip 2016, then guiding my first crew last summer, 2017. After learning and growing tremendously through this program in each trip i've undertaken, I'm excited to see what this summer has to offer for each of you as well as myself yet again!

I am currently working full-time, I took this last semester off to really hone in on what I'd like to major in. Other than this last semester I've spent the last two years out of high school going to school at the Saint Cloud Technical and Community College to get my generals done before continuing my education at a four year university. I'm excited to leave that on the side for a while during the pre-trip activities and adventures to come! 

Utilizing the tools LVI has offered us, such as google calendar, google photos, this blog and website, our crew, as well as your parents will easily be able to follow us along our trip preparations! I will be posting on this blog a minimum of 3 times a week and uploading photos to google photos to keep everyone up to date.

By the end of April, I'd like to have the crew calendar figured out and posted for everyone to view. As school comes to an end, we will begin meeting more regularly to make sure we have every skill we might need on our trip. I'm excited for the parent meeting this Sunday and possibly, finally, our first meeting beforehand as well. If you guys, or parents, have any questions or concerns please feel free to give me a call or send me an email!