Camp Birchwood for Boys

Grand Marais, Minnesota    

Lantern Review of Camp Birchwood for Boys

The rugged, granite shield-country, clear lakes and pine forests that straddle the Canadian border are an outdoorsman’s paradise. It’s no coincidence that one of the country’s great wilderness camps calls a secluded island at the end of the Gunflint Trail home. It doesn’t take long to realize that you have wandered into a peaceful and pristine wilderness environment when you arrive here at Camp Birchwood for Boys. The wooded “Voyageur’s path” leads to a boat landing where canoes and a river barge are waiting to shuttle the boys to their summer home. It’s an almost magical introduction for those yet to experience this outpost of adventure.

The tripping program is the hallmark of the Camp Birchwood for Boys program. The campers choose from a variety of wilderness trips ranging from canoeing to fishing trips, climbing to sailing trips and even more options. Most of the trips depart from the island into the nearby wilderness for three to five nights on the trail. These trips are grouped by skill level which allows for range of ages to find adventure together. Without a doubt, these trips create a tight-knit bond among the boys through shared experience and challenges unique to tripping.

Back at camp, several traditional camp activities form the framework of the fun daily program. Being on an island, the waterfront activities find plenty of action and happy campers while developing skills to help smooth the trail for any upcoming trips.

In many ways, Camp Birchwood for Boys reminds you of the classic wilderness summer camps that are pictured on postcards you might find at vintage flea market. But beyond the rustic environment, you find a contemporary camp program that might be even more important in today’s tech world. Its small size of just 50 boys ensures individual attention and instruction through a program that embraces the values and outcomes inherent in real adventure. It is a legacy of the philosophy of the camp’s founding family and longtime owners, the Bredemus family, who also own and direct the lively Camp Birchwood for Girls in central Minnesota.

Fast Facts

  • Boys Only
  • 50 Campers per Session
  • 2 weeks, 3 weeks, 4 weeks
  • Founded in 1969
  • $$

Director's Message

Parents tell us that they send their campers back to Camp Birchwood for Boys because of the growth, personal awareness and self confidence they see in their sons after each summer. We take the role our counselors play in the lives of campers very seriously and invest a great deal in staff training and mentoring. Camp Birchwood for Boys is a beautifully unique place with awesome activities and great opportunities for wilderness adventure. Staff at Camp Birchwood for Boys endure a rigorous application program and in the end become strong mentors and trained wilderness guides.

Program Highlights

  • 16 Activities
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Individual Activities
  • Tripping
  • Waterfront
  • Forest
  • Remote

Top 5 Activities

  • Archery
  • Riflery
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Rock Climbing
  • Fishing

Travel Information

Pick up in MSP and Duluth


Camp Birchwood for Boys

(218) 388-4402

(800) 451-5270

Dan Bredemus & Melissa Rosenthal