Experience God and community in the untouched wilderness of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

September 5–10, 2022

Frequently Asked Questions

We’re grateful to be able to offer a number of trip experiences depending on what you’re looking for.

  1. Paddle / Challenge More guys have done this option than any other. You get to experience the challenge of paddling and portaging through the Boundary Waters, while choosing a distance and route that makes most sense for your group. This is a point to point experience where you’re dropped off (with a Coldwater guide) on Tuesday or Wednesday and are picked up on Friday. The group cooks meals together and sets up camp each day.
  2. Backpacking This option was offered for the first time in 2018, and guys loved it. You get to experience the beauty of the Boundary Waters from a different angle while also having the variety of backpacking for those looking for something different than paddling. Guys share the load, literally, by each taking some of the food and gear, in packs that are well designed for backpacking.
  3. Service Group This experience is for those who aren’t looking for the physical challenge of paddling, but instead value having the flexibility to, at times, work on a service project, while later on have some solo time or go for a hike and explore. You get the comfort of staying in the cabins and having meals in the mess hall as well.

Any male post High School and older.

A Registration Fee + An Outfitter Fee {actual TBD}. There is an early bird registration fee too!

You can pay Coldwater through their website. You will receive those instructions after you register.

Click here for the Clothing and Personal Equipment Packing List.
There are a few small differences between what’s needed from this list and our trip that we will discuss at our meetings in spring & summer.

We will most likely have guys drive their personal vehicles and cover the cost of fuel. Our transportation requirements will depend on the number of guys that sign up. Rest assured we will have as comfortable of a trip as possible to Mink Lake and will use the time to build and further relationships along the way.


Ryan Janssen

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