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Fire damages camp and retreat center

Ovens and chimneys are all that remain of many structures after a May wildfire swept through Wilderness Canoe Base. The camp, owned by Plymouth Christian Youth Center in Minneapolis, is leased and managed by Lake Wapogasset Lutheran Bible Camp, an ELCA outdoor ministry in Amery, Wis. The canoe base, on Seagull Lake, about 50 miles northwest of Grand Marais, Minn., was badly burned after high winds spread a fire that began May 5 across 75,000 acres, including the Boundary Waters region.

“We have been overwhelmed and humbled by the tremendous outpouring of support,” said Heather Eggert, assistant director of Lake Wapogasset camp. “We are going ahead with our summer canoe tripping program and are eager for youth to arrive.”

Rebuilding will likely take two to three years, she said.

During the fire, Bethlehem Lutheran, an ELCA congregation in Grand Marais, helped the Red Cross serve meals to people evacuated from residences and summer homes.

To help, send donations to WCB Fire Relief Fund, c/o Lake Wapogasset Lutheran Bible Camp, 738 Hickory Point Lane, Amery, WI 54001. To volunteer, contact Eggert at 715-268-8434 or via e-mail atheggert001@campwapo.org.




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