Up North: Outdoor Adventures Inspire Positive Energy Campers to Return as Counselors

Alicia Tipcke
Updated: July 08, 2020 10:38 PM

On a nice summer day at Fredenberg Lake, a lot can be accomplished.

"I'm kayaking, I'm learning how to kayak," laughed Duluth's Olivia Gan while enjoying Monday's nice weather.

Kayaking one of many activities that is offered through Positive Energy Outdoors. Formed in 2004, the Duluth organization has been running adventure tours including dog sledding, ice climbing, kayaking and more.

However, their Summer Day Camp at Lowell is a youth favorite.

"It's a super fun camp because I really like being outdoors and stuff and getting to do stuff with water and be out in nature," said camper Noelani Vadnais of Duluth.

"The [kids] love our camps, they recommend it to their friends. We're pretty lucky that we have a small lake here," said Blake Cazier, the director and co-founder of Positive Energy Outdoors.

The summer day camp is geared towards kids 5-12 years old, but those that age out can stay involved. Years ago Lowell Wolfe used to participate in camp events before returning as a lead instructor.

"The co-owner of the camp Stephanie Love did private sea kayaking lessons so I took some of those and she had some paddle focus camps that I did until I think seventh grade," said Wolfe.

Then, after entering college, he applied for the role of counselor and joined the camp staff.

"Some really cool counselors have worked for P.O. in the past so I hope I'm as cool as they are," said Wolfe.

The camper to counselor transformation is something Duluth's Noelani Vadnais hopes to achieve. 

"I'm really excited that next year I get to be a counselor because I love being around kids and I love helping kids and helping people," said Vadnais. 

The campers seemed to be in agreement that the day trips do provide positive energy, and their solo kayaks are well fit for social distancing.

For more information on Positive Energy summer camps, click here.


Alicia Tipcke

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