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Camp Menogyn Bay, Boathouse, Dinning Hall -1960s
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This site is dedicated to the staff who served Camp Menogyn - from it's beginning in 1922 until now. 

This phase of the site development (Phase I) focused on the  years 1948-1967:  the time when the camp was moved to it's present location, the first buildings constructed, and  basic camp programs established. 

We wanted to capture the stories of this early period, first, before they were lost.

We now invite staff from before 1948 (or descendants) and from 1968-1990  to submit material  for publication on this site 

Hopefully this site will  serve as a living document and ongoing legacy for the future.

Site Map

The site is organized as follows:

  • Early History - early history and background of the boundary waters area and camp
  • Staff by Year - lists of staff by year   
  • Staff  by Name- staff listed alphabetically.
  • Profiles -  thumbnail sketches of  staff
  • Reflections - reflections on leadership of directors
  • Stories - tales submitted by the staff.
  • Trips - favorite trips and routes
  • Early History - early history of boundary waters area
  • BWCA - struggle to keep boundary waters wild
  • Recollections - recollections of camp and trail life
  • Photo Gallery - photos of camp, staff, and trips.

Menogyn provides transformational experiences in a wilderness setting emphasizing quality personal growth and personal relationships.

Menogyn was first founded on the east end of West Bearskin Lake in 1922 by O.R Tripp

In the late 1940's the camp was moved to its current location - further west.

It initially offered canoe wilderness trips into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) directly out of the camp.

Later these wilderness trips were expanded to include other locations, hiking, and rock climbing.

Submitting Web Site Information

This web site was designed; is maintained, and is funded by Don Peterson (Menogyn Guide 1960-63) - with the encouragement, support, ideas, and input of Arm Paulson, Jim Arnold, Ted Gamelin and other staff. Ted and Dan Gamelin graceously supplied many of the best photos shown on the web site from the early 1960s.

Send material preferably in an e-mail/attachment (PDF or JPEG).  Photos should be of good quality - color or black and white.  If material needs to be sent by mail, e-mail me for instructions. We may screen, select, edit , and verify  material to ensure quality and appropriateness.  Send material, corrections, or comments to

Thanks, Donald R. Peterson