Laketrails Staff 2021
The Laketrails Staff is one of our greatest assets. Chosen for their leadership abilities, Laketrails Guides are talented college students and graduates who share a commitment for working with teens and middle school youth as well as possessing a passion for living in the natural world. Many of them first came to Laketrails as campers, so they know our program well. Serving as positive role models, the Guides have an amazing impact on the lives of the young people we serve.
Since safety is always at the forefront, our staff possess a number of health and safety certifications. All Guides are certified in Basic First Aid, CPR, and Wilderness First Aid, and most are also certified Lifeguards. Some have further qualifications as Wilderness First Responders.
Laketrails Camp Director, Sue Lemm, is a retired middle school teacher who still can’t get enough of the enthusiasm and energy of kids. At the Laketrails helm since 2010, Sue enjoys wood carving, reading, and nature photography as well as a long list of outdoor activities when she’s not in the office. She’s also a big fan of red foxes, folk music, history books, and any day the wind doesn’t blow. As an avid birder, Sue keeps an annual list of all the birds she sees. Her favorite part of the Laketrails program is when campers return from trail full of confidence and excitement over what they saw in nature and accomplished with their group. A year-round resident of Lake of the Woods, Sue has a healthy respect for the weather, but still loves the many moods of the lake. She’s looking forward to a fun summer getting to know the staff and campers.
I absolutely love seeing the transition from a little uncertainty before the canoe trips leave the island to the all-out confidence and exuberance that campers have when they return. There’s nothing so exciting as that empowerment of kids!
A big fan of the Minnesota Twins, Nate Gilson doesn’t seem to mind when they go into extra innings. As a senior at the U of MN-Duluth, Nate is in “extra innings” himself (a.k.a. semesters) after changing his major to become a Social Studies teacher. Naturally, the change was prompted by a realization of how much he enjoys working with kids. A native of Eagan, MN, Nate also enjoys playing guitar, hiking, playing frisbee, and building forts in the woods to hide from the rain. He claims gray is his favorite color, and the majestic calls of loons make them a favorite bird. When at camp, Nate thinks paddling and portaging are fun because you get to spend quality time with people while working towards a goal, talking, laughing, and singing along the way. This summer Nate is looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new awesome Laketrails people!
I am looking forward to visiting my favorite lakes and meeting some awesome people in the best place on earth!