Lantern Review of Camp Ogichi Daa Kwe
The rugged, granite shield country of northern Minnesota may seem at first glance as an unusual home for a girls camp. For the campers and staff of Camp Ogichi Daa Kwe, however, it’s the perfect setting to discover oneself and a lifelong sisterhood through shared adventure, fun and challenge. This is wilderness camping in its truest form, balancing a traditional in-camp program with an impressive and progressive tripping program.
The wilderness tripping program is certainly one of the defining characteristics of this camp, centered on a well-designed canoe tripping program that finds girls paddling and portaging the remote rivers of Canada for up to three weeks. The program creates a progression in skill development that helps determine the types and lengths of trips that leave camp.
Back at the camp, the campers choose their own activities for the four daily programs periods. Within each day, a “balance time” after lunch allows each girl to make time for a short run or maybe write a letter home while sitting lakeside. It’s an intentional design for girls to explore the notion of “getting centered,” demonstrating Ogichi’s core belief in daily reflection as a powerful tool to develop character and perspective.
It is within the framework of the tripping program, however, that Ogichi truly shines. For them, the challenges and rewards of days spent on the trail are what empowers women, leading to confidence and setting them on the path to independence. The culture of their own “Law of the Woods” is a kind of mantra here which celebrates nature’s beauty, reveals truth and fairness, and promotes the discovery of inner strength through kindness, perseverance and helpfulness.
There’s an almost mystical quality to their campfire at the end of camp. It is at once meaningful and celebratory, and seems to reignite all of those nightly campfires shared while on the trail.
For the adventurous boy in your family, be sure to check our Ogichi’s brother camp, nearby Camp Kooch-i-ching.
- Girls Only
- 80 Campers per Session
- 3 weeks
- Founded in 2004
As a parent of two daughters who have grown over the past decade from Ogichi's wide-eyed inaugural trip campers to enthusiastic staff, I am awed by the depth of their friendships and clarity of their self-discovery. It is a joy to share this strong-spirited, empowering community with you. Whether your daughter is leaving home hesitantly or with an adventurer's dancing eyes, she will return home with more self-esteem, deep-seated friendships, and memories to last a lifetime.
- 22 Activities
- Team Sports
- Arts & Crafts
- Individual Activities
Top 5 Activities
- Canoe & Backpacking Trips
- Song Writing
Car to camp, Flights met at Minneapolis or International Falls.
Camp Ogichi Daa Kwe