Qajaq Camp – Qajartorluni tammaarsimaarneq

Qajaq Camp is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture of traditional paddling. The camp is dedicated to passing on the skills of local traditional paddlers to each other, be that rolling, harpooning, paddling or building a qajaq. We believe that everyone has something to share so each of us are teachers and learners.

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. In 2017, the event is being held for a fourth year. Start your paddling season at Qajaq Camp and end it at the Traditional Paddlers Gathering for a perfect season of Greenland Paddling. Please contact Christopher and Lynette if you are interested in volunteering to help at the event.

Qajaq Camp is moving

This year we are moving locations to one with far more luxurious facilities. We will be renting the facilities at Hok SI La Regional park, this includes a huge heated and conditioned dinning hall for us to use for meals, plus our usual evening events, movies, games, kayak build competition and other shenanigans. The camping will be within feet of the fabulous sandy beach, meaning no more driving to the on water events, and there are ample warm showers on site! This will be quite an upgrade from previous years facilities, we are very excited. Look out for more updates as they become available.

Registration now open

In 2017 we are sticking with the extended format of starting on Thursday so that Friday can be a full 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. If you would like to mark your calendar, our 2017 dates are May 18th – 21st. This year the event will cost $85 per person including the provided food and camping fees. Follow this link to register.

Want a cool T-Shirt?

The Inuit, Qajaq, Paatit logo is available on a few different T-Shirts – we make no money from the sales of these shirts. Please follow this link to the on-line store.

Qajaq USA

In 2016 Qajaq Camp became an affiliated event of Qajaq USA. 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.

Qajaq Camp is proud to be a

Qajaq USA affiliated event

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 keep 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 2016 attendees

Some of the 2016 Qajaq Camp attendees

Qajaq Camp 2015 attendees

Some of the 2015 Qajaq Camp attendees