Qajaq Camp

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Traditional paddling in the mid-west USA continues to grow in support and passion. For many years the Traditional Paddler’s Gathering has provided a great venue at the end of each season for traditional paddlers to get together and share their knowledge and passions. In 2014, in response to the continued growth in Traditional Paddling, a few local paddlers decided to hold an event at the beginning of the paddling season and so Qajaq Camp was born. This year, in 2016, the event is being held for a third year. Start your paddling season at Qajaq Camp and end it at the Traditional Paddlers Gathering for a perfect season of Greenland Paddling.

Qajaq Camp is now full.

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In 2016 we are extended the event by a day. Those people who wish to can come to camp starting on Thursday afternoon so there will be two and half days of mentoring available. Details of mentors, training and the full schedule will be posted over the coming months as it becomes solidified.

Qajaq Camp is affiliated with the Inland Sea Kayakers. Based in the Twin Cities, MN, the 250+ members spanning the upper Midwest region share an enjoyment of paddling sea kayaks and using them to explore local and far flung waters. The Inland Sea Kayakers (ISK) is an active club with members of all ages and skill levels that participate in skill development, paddling trips, educational activities, and social events throughout the year. ISK fosters a fun and friendly environment that stresses safety and skill building. If you are passionate about using a sea kayak as a tool for exploration, exercise, or would like to learn more about sea kayaks join ISK today.

Qajaq Camp organizers are proud supporters of Qajaq USA and Qaanat Katuffiat. If you are interested in learning more about all aspects of Greenland kayaking consider supporting Qajaq USA and Qaannat Katuffiat. Qajaq USA is a nonprofit membership organization that is officially recognized by Qaannat Kattuffiat (The Greenland Kayaking Association). Qajaq USA is committed to supporting Qaannat Kattuffiat and their efforts to preserve, study and promote the traditions and techniques of Greenland kayaking while seeking to further the appreciation and development of Greenland-style kayaking in the United States.
Please consider joining Qajaq USA and supporting the organizations efforts.

Harpoon throw at Qajaq Camp 2015

Richard in his skin-on-frame traditional qajaq, learning to throw the harpoon at Qajaq Camp 2015

The event’s philosophy is that everyone is a mentor, each of us are both learners and teachers, this is reflected in the growth of people willing to share their skills each year. In an effort to keep the event accessible it is held in a central location close to the Twin-Cities. Efforts continue to be made to┬ákeep the costs as low as possible, in 2015 it cost only $55 per person for the three days including camping and food, making it a true community effort. In the true tradition of mentoring no one associated with the event is compensated for their services, everyone helps because of their passion for keeping the culture and skills of the original Inuit paddling communities alive.

If you have questions about Qajaq Camp please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will be only too happy to answer them.

Qajaq Camp 2015 attendees

Some of the 2015 Qajaq Camp attendees

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