About Keewaydin Temagami for Boys & Girls

Keewaydin Temagami camp provides single gender wilderness canoe trips for boys and girls ages 10 to 18. Keewaydin remains true to the vision of our founder, A.S. Greg Clarke “The Commodore”, who wanted to start a camp that focused on canoe trips. Today we look much the same as we did in 1893; paddling in wood canvas canoes, using tump lines to portage canoes, equipment, and wannigans (the wooden boxes in which we carry food and equipment.) Meals are cooked over open fires and sections prepare all of their food from scratch. Groups (sections) of six to eight kids travel the surrounding wilderness waterways, often portaging from lake to lake or up and down rivers, making camp at new spots each night, sleeping in tents with one or two other campers. Traveling in the pristine wilderness of Ontario and Quebec, kids become part of a team, each member essential to the group’s success.  These fun, empowering and safe excursions build outdoor skills while fostering strength, leadership, self-reliance and confidence.  Lifelong friendships are formed and campers return home with a renewed sense of self.

 


Directors

Emily Schoelzel began her career at Keewaydin in 1999 as a pioneer—leading the first Keewaydin girls’ trips from the shores of Devil Island. In 2010, she became the Associate Director, spending 10 years dedicated to the growth of camp and support of staff and campers.

Keewaydin is a family affair for Emily. Her husband Dylan Schoelzel, an alumnus and trip staff, is the summer Business Manager and maintains our fleet of canoes. Their kids Bronson and Evelyn will continue to be campers for a few more summers. In the off-season, Emily and her husband, Dylan, have run Salmon Falls Canoe in Shelburne Falls, MA. In her free time, you can find Emily enjoying the local trails, carving Telemark turns when the ski season is on or curled up with a good book and the families Huskies, Stirling and Lilly or cat Cora. Emily currently resides in Shelburne, MA.

The camp is well run and very organized.  Emily does an outstanding job in leading and motivating the staff and campers. I see it when I talk to my son, Grant, see his pictures and read the reports from the staff. – Alexandra Chesney, Keewaydin Temagami Parent


 

History

Founded in 1893 by A.S. Gregg Clarke and located on Devil’s Island on Lake Temagami in Ontario, Canada Keewaydin is the world’s oldest canoe-tripping camp.  The camp remains true to Clarke’s vision:  to operate a program focused on wilderness canoe tripping, with minimum time spent in base camp.  Traveling in wood and canvas canoes, using leather tumplines and following routes that are centuries old there is not much that has changed at Keewaydin since 1893.  Devil’s Island remains a rustic base camp for trips to outfit, organize, gather, depart from and then return home to amidst the roar of the Keewaydin cheer.  While we embrace our traditions we employ the most up to date outdoor education best practices and philosophy.