What to Bring to Camp

In general, campers should come prepared for a variety of weather. Summer weather in northern Minnesota and Canada can quickly change from sunny and warm to cool and wet. Dressing in layers is the best way to keep comfortable under a variety of conditions. 

Your trail boots will probably be the most important piece of gear that you will bring to camp. Boots should have a sturdy sole, cover your ankle bone and have space for wool socks. We encourage campers to break boots in by walking around in them before arriving at camp in order to avoid blisters!!

We travel in rugged environments that stress clothing. Expect that your clothes will get dirty and will be well used when you return. We encourage campers to label all items with their name. We assist campers in managing their belonging and maintain a lost and found. However, we cannot be responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items.

Widji will provide group gear items including canoeing or backpacking packs.

Please feel free to contact us at 612-822-2267 with any questions. We are happy to help in your preparation for camp!!

Packing Lists

Widji offers detailed Canoeing, Backpacking and Pathfinder specific gear lists. 

Gear Retailers

Great trail clothing can often can be found inexpensively at Army Surplus Stores, Good wills and amongst old clothes at home. The Summer Information Guide offers information on gear retailers. 

What Not to Bring to Camp

Campers may want to bring electronics for their journey to and from camp especially if their travels involve navigating an airport. However, we practice “no electronics” once at Widji to prevent damage and to encourage campers to immerse themselves in our wilderness setting and community. Campers who arrive at Widji with any of the following items should expect that they will be collected and stored until the end of their session:

  • Cell phones
  • Computers/Tablets/E-Readers
  • All Other Electronics (with the exception of cameras and flashlights)
  • Speakers
  • Food (including gum)

Prohibited Items

Bringing the following items to camp reflects a violation of The Widjiwagan Code of Community

  • Firearms or Weapons
  • Illegal Chemicals and Drugs
  • Prescription Medicines without a valid prescription   
  • Tobacco Products including e-cigarettes, vape pens and nicotine gum
  • Fireworks
  • Hatchets, Axes and Knives with blades longer than 3 inches (campers may receive permission to bring a fillet knife)

These items will be confiscated and may result in disciplinary action up to and including notifying parents/guardians and dismissal from camp. We do not offer refunds to the families of campers who are dismissed for disciplinary reasons and hold them responsible for a camper’s early transportation home.