Laketrails Staff 2022
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!