Our Boundary Waters Love Story

By Paul Snyder

For years I had been coming to the BWCA , leading YMCA youth groups, and going with a few friends. In 1977, I married the love of my life.

During one of those early miscommunications, I asked, “Do you like to go camping?” She said, “yes!”. My reply was that I would [...]

Winter Weekend 2017

Minnesota offers a whole different type of beauty and adventure during the winter, and the Friends’ annual Winter Weekend is the perfect way to experience it. This year, the skies were blue and the temperatures were in the 20s and 30s as nearly fifty people gathered at YMCA’s Camp Menogyn in the snow covered Northwoods. [...]

Monster on Agnes: The True Wilderness Adventures of a Boy Guide

Photo by Nicholas Nicome

by Tom King

We named the younger boys grubs. Grubs! You know, worms. We called them that so we could prove to ourselves we were more than boys. We were eighteen, nineteen – maybe some of us even twenty years old. The Grubs, between fourteen and seventeen, were nipping right [...]

The Future of the Environmental Movement Looks Good, But It’s Not What You Expect

by Annika Sampson, Intern at the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness

On a blustery April day in St. Paul, two Brower Youth Award winners arrived at Macalester College to lead a discussion on the future of the environmental movement. Kate Weiner and Ryan Camero both won the Brower Youth Award in 2015 for their [...]