Campers participate in canoeing, backpacking, or sea kayaking trips, and trip length depends on the camper’s unit. Our youngest campers might canoe across the lake or hike to nearby New Land for an overnight. Cape campers spend three days along one of the many northern Wisconsin waterways or trails. For skilled, older campers, backpack trips of up to ten days are taken to Isle Royale or the Porcupine Mountains or by canoe to the Boundary Waters of Canada and Minnesota and by sailboat or kayak to the Apostle Islands.
When campers leave on a trip, the entire camp gives them a send-off as they “honk out of camp” and welcomes them home again. Returning trippers compose a song which they share after a meal. Many of these songs have stood the test of time, becoming part of Clearwater’s songbook, and are sung by generations of campers.