I had an eye-opening experience with some adventurous St. Paul youth in Superior National Forest in early summer. It was eye-opening due not only to the brisk, northern air, but also to the smart and surprising youth on the trip.
Wilderness Inquiry (WI), the U.S. Forest Service and the YWCA of St. Paul partnered this year to create an amazing opportunity for St. Paul youth in their IMPACT program. Seventeen energetic young people along with youth leaders ventured north in WI vans to Superior National Forest in June to enjoy fresh air, clear lakes and close encounters with wildlife. Most importantly, they learned about jobs in the Forest Service.
The campers showed their outdoor grit by braving rain showers and temps that dipped into the thirties on the first night. They also learned the teamwork and solidarity that c…
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