Celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2016, the Thomas Flint Canoe Trip Program works to build the next generation of wilderness stewards by sponsoring urban youth on wilderness canoe trips in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
Through a partnership with YMCA Camp Menogyn, youth are paired with trail counselors that facilitate travel while helping participants develop valuable leadership skills that last a lifetime. Wilderness experiences like those provided by the Thomas Flint Canoe Trip Program have been pivotal in the lives of youth who may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience wilderness landscapes. These trips have proven time and again that wilderness travel can play a critical role in helping foster healthy relationships, stronger youth communities, and a love and respect for the natural world.
Youth participants are selected with an eye toward those who have limited access to wilderness experiences, show leadership qualities, and an emerging sense of adventure. For more information about recruitment or registration, contact the Friends.
Funding for the Thomas Flint Canoe Trip Program is generously provided by the Thomas Flint Boundary Waters Wilderness Fund and the Bob Johnson Boundary Waters Wilderness Fund both created in memory of outdoorsmen who loved the BWCAW.