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Gogebic Range students enjoy Camp Superior tradition


Richard Jenkins/Daily Globe

IRONWOOD FOURTH grade teacher Doug Foley tells Ironwood sixth-grade students how to safely navigate the high ropes course at Camp Superior Saturday. After the safety briefing, the students navigated several obstacles in the course an estimated 20 feet off the ground.


Ironwood Township - Once again this year Gogebic Range sixth graders had the opportunity to travel to Little Girl's Point to spend several days at Camp Superior, a tradition that has been taking place since the mid '80s.

Ironwood teacher Jason Hofstede - who was one of the primary organizers of this year's camp - said Bessemer and Wakefield-Marenisco students attended the camp Wednesday through Friday, while Ironwood students attended Friday through Sunday.

The students pitched tents and slept in the lodge building's bunk beds, cooking outside on the fire for some meals.

Hofstede was pleased with how this year's camp went.

"It went very well. We had great weather, excellent volunteers; students were all enthused and happy," Hofstede said. "(There was) great food, great counselors and - more than anything- excellent volunteers. The high school students did an awesome job (as councilors)."

During the day, the students participated in a range of activities; including traversing both a high and low ropes course, traveling to a nearby shooting range, archery practice, participating in a "predator-prey" game, practicing tree identification, making art projects out of lake clay, constructing primitive shelters and learning about sled dogs from some local sled dog racers.

Hofstede said, in addition to having fun, educating students about the connection to the region's past-times was a key he wanted to emphasize to campers.

"It was education about the area we're in," Hofstede said. "It was all things about where we live. That's kind of my goal with the program, to expose them as much as possible to the culture and history of the area."


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