SUMMARYThis entry-level canoeing retreat is open to young men and women, entering 9th – 12th grade.   We will be driving from Minneapolis, MN to Crane Lake, then canoeing to a base camp from which we will explore nearby areas.  Participants should have a desire to deepen their understanding of the Theology of the Body (or be willing to be introduced to it); discussions will be started by Jen and other leaders but fueled by your questions and God’s promptings through our natural surroundings. We will be accompanied by a priest in order to participate in daily Mass and Eucharistic adoration.


  1.  Read the retreat information below thoroughly!
  2.  Print the registration forms, fill them out, and sign or initial where needed (keep a copy for your records).
  3.  Mail or scan the completed forms  (send scanned forms to: [email protected]).
    • Enclose a deposit or full payment via check or pay by credit card via EVENTBRITE (link below).
    • Enclose a copy of your/your child’s medical insurance card.

You may hold a spot on the retreat by sending an email to [email protected], but if your registration materials and payment are not received within one week of your email date, that spot will be opened up to others.

Note that deposits are non-refundable after the registration deadline.  Full payments are due by the second date listed on the registration forms and refunds of any fees beyond the deposit are only considered in cases of unforeseeable emergencies.

DETAILS:   print a flyer

LOCATION:  Voyageurs National Park, MN

AGE RANGE:  Open to young men and women, entering 9th – 12th grade; limit of 18 participants.

DATES: July 27-31, 2015



  • $395  (includes 5 days of food, camping, fees, and transportation from Minneapolis)
  • $250 deposit due with registration forms June 26 / remainder due July 13
  • Deposit is non-refundable after deadline; refund of remaining fee only in case of emergency.

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY:  Beginner to moderate.  We will canoe a few hours each day (headwinds and rain are always possible), with light hiking over rocky terrain at our destinations.   This is a “basecamp” style trip, meaning that we will be canoeing to our campsite and setting up there for the duration of our retreat; we will canoe to destinations daily, with time for frequent swimming and fishing.

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS:   On Monday, participants and their parent(s) can optionally plan to meet for 8am Mass at St. Charles Borromeo, then at 8:45 am in the parking lot of Into the Deep’s office (or the north entry in case of rain).   Check-in will take place outside (weather permitting) or in Suite 108.  Our anticipated return time will be 7 pm on Friday.

Our journey will be taken via 8 or 15-passenger vans and will be led by Jen Messing and 3 other leaders, including a priest (background and driver checks will have been completed).   Crane Lake is on the edge of Voyageurs National Park and is a little over 4 hours north of the Twin Cities; we will take necessary breaks along the way.

These trips are designed to be “family style” in that we share daily “chores” (meal prep, clean up, etc.), we wait for one another, and we share tent space (youth will be separated by sex with approx. 5 persons per tent; adults will be in separate tents nearby).

Please do not bring electronic devices; they will be collected (including cell phones) at the start of the retreat with the expectation that they will not be used unless there is an emergency (NOTE: this area has extremely limited/unreliable phone coverage and there are no charging options).   A group camera will be available if your usual camera option is your phone.  Youth are expected to participate in daily prayer times, Mass, and Eucharistic adoration.

Invite friends to join you or come by yourself – we look forward to meeting you!

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