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W elcome to the Camping and Education Foundation, home to Camp Kooch-i-ching and Ogichi Daa Kwe, two of the premier summer wilderness camps in North America. The Foundation’s mission “to develop young men and women in body and spirit through wilderness experiences that celebrate a love of the outdoors” is as strong today as it was ninety years ago when Camp Kooch-i-ching first came to Deer Island.

Enjoy exploring our Foundation site or jump right to Kooch-i-ching and Ogichi Daa Kwe for a packed tour of what we do best. No matter your age, we promise you an opportunity of a lifetime – an opportunity to go on a wilderness quest that teaches self discovery, teamwork, service to others and above all, FUN! 


Hugh Haller | President, Camping and Education Foundation

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Latest CEF News, Articles, Events, and Stories

CBS Affiliate WCCO Visits Ogichi Daa Kwe

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Just as camp was opening for the 2016 season, we had a visit from WCCO, CBS affiliate in

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Protect Minnesota’s Boundary Waters – NYTimes

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MINNESOTA’S Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is one of America’s most popular wild destinations. Water is

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I send my kids to sleep-away camp to give them a competitive advantage in life

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The Washington Post – May 9, 2016


By Laura Clydesdale

“Do you even

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The Queen City Meets the Great Outdoors

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Summer memories remain special long after childhood passes. Vacations to the beach, camping outside, bonfires and

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