For the past 10+ years the Men of The Ridge have taken a trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota. This trip has been life-changing for so many men who have benefited from getting away from the “buzz” of our community – the texts, calls, meetings, deadlines, and expectations to seek out the solitude, silence, and beauty of the BWCA.

Men have also grown through the camaraderie and relationship-building with other men through doing the experience together. The tangible changes we’ve seen in men through going on this trip is coming back with a renewed fire for God, gaining a better sense of balance for work and family, a greater desire to be in relationship with other God following men, and also a greater desire to serve in our community.

As we look back on each of the fall trips men have taken to this beautiful, untouched wilderness we can only say…it works. It works to get away, get out of your normal surroundings, and to be challenged.

Upcoming Trips

Fall Boundary Waters

Date: September 5–10, 2022

Registration Deadline: August 19

Cost: Registration fee $65 through July 31 (late registration fee $75 through August 14); $340 to Coldwater Foundation

What to do there: Explore the Boundary Waters through one of the trip options (1) Paddle/Challenge, (2) day trips with a base camp, (3) backpacking, or (4) serving Coldwater Foundation through projects at their campground.

Questions/Trip Leader: Ryan Janssen

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Father/Child Coldwater Trip

Date: Late Fall 2022 (long weekend)

Registration Deadline: TBD

What to do there: Hiking, exploring, stay at Mink Lake cabins (heated). This is a great trip to bring your elementary or middle school aged kids.

Questions/Trip Leader: Kevin Jansma

Decorah, Iowa Fishing Trip

Date: May 2023

What to do there: How does a few days in the serenity and beauty of the Decorah area with some great guys doing fun stuff like fly fishing, hiking and mountain biking sound? If anything about this trip sounds good to you, you are highly encouraged to get signed up! Whether you’re an experienced fly fisherman or you’d like to learn, you’re going to love this trip. Fishing not your thing? There’s plenty to enjoy in the beauty of the Decorah area! Carpooling will be coordinated once all registrations are in.

Deadline: TBD

Questions/Trip Leader: Kasin Beckwith

Coldwater Foundation Spring Service Trip

Date: Spring 2023

If you enjoy putting your handyman skills to use for a good cause, or you have the desire to learn some, you need to check this trip out. A small group of guys will head to the Coldwater Foundation (Mink Lake, MN) to help with projects around the camp.

Deadline: TBD

Questions/Trip Leader: Rob Schwartz