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Staring at the Stars: Lessons from Lac du Bois Hackensack 

Published: January 3, 2017

    Night has fallen on Lac du Bois Hackensack. Songs have been sung, teeth have been brushed, and every last sleepy villager has been shuffled off to the cabins by equally sleepy counselors. Every villager, except eight.     The girls in my charge are sitting in a circle on the soccer field, legs crossed underneath them or stretched out toward the middle of the circle. It’s gotten chillier since I asked if they would like to sneak out and go...

New Four-Week Enrichment Program at Lac du Bois Bemidji! 

Published: December 12, 2016

Four-Week Enrichment Program at Lac du Bois Bemidji (FB70), July 24-August 19 The new four-week enrichment program at Lac du Bois Bemidji will be ideal for villagers who love the structure of the one- and two-week program and wish they could stay at camp for longer!  It is also a great option for villagers who would like to do the credit program in the future but are not quite ready for it this year, as the four-week enrichment program will bridge the traditional two-week...

First-year Credit Villager Reflections chez Les Voyageurs

Published: December 1, 2016

This fall Daveed (dean of Les Voyageurs) and Dubois (credit villager) sat down to talk about the experience  Dubois was a first-time villager and new to French when he attended the in the credit program in 2016.  In many ways, Dubois' experience in this tried and true adventure program was like that classic Boundary Waters ritual of rock-jumping. Villagers are jumping where many before have jumped (safety rule number one of rock-jumping), but every...

Credit Villager Projects (2016)

Published: November 29, 2016

  Bonjour, je m’appelle Emile! I have been a camper at Lac du Bois for six years, and part of the high school fonceur program for three of those years. Fonceur, meaning "one who goes forth boldly",  is our word at Hackensack for credit villagers.  I spent some of the best summers of my life in Hackensack learning, goofing around, and of course, speaking French. The high school credit program was as entertaining as it was educational, as we worked with multiple...

New Activities chez Les Voyageurs

Published: November 15, 2016

In addition to the classic cultural, canoeing and survival activities we share at Les Voyageurs, this past summer Atlatls and paddleboards were added to the experience.     Atlatls are an ancient form of spear-throwing used by southwestern and central Native Americans. Today it exists as a very popular sport around the world. At camp, villagers are given safety instructions, a vocabulary lesson, and shown a demonstration before seeing how good their aim is as they...

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