3 canoes on lake cole

Wilderness Skill Builder – Campstyle

The group is loving the new skills they are learning.  They LOVE sleeping in the tents, and have a gorgeous campsite right here on camp by our Model Forest entrance.  A big fire pit is providing great practice with some of the primitive skills, and last night the group successfully started a fire with just ONE match (and a whole lot of blowing and fanning on everyone’s part!).  A tasty dinner was cooked over the fire after they built it up to a good size.  They have also started tackling the art of tying knots, lashing together sticks and other items, and shelter building.  Tomorrow, they will be wondering onto main camp to learn some canoeing and water based skills before taking showers and hiking up to a new campsite.


Zach eigenbrodt

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Zach couldn't keep himself out of the woods when growing up. He started working at a Northern Wisconsin YMCA Camp as a wilderness trip leader while in college and fell in love with getting kids into nature. The smiles on kids faces after returning from a once in a life time wilderness experience is why he is here today. Zach brought his talents to Frost Valley YMCA, in 2014, when he started as the Trips Coordinator and soon was promoted to Adventure Director. Zach loves all forms of Wilderness exploration, though some would say his heart lies most with canoeing.

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