The Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior is once again hosting two free trips for veterans to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota this summer.
With the COVID-19 pandemic canceling the 2020 trip, the center is able to offer a second trip this year, according to a news release from the Bong Center. Trip dates are July 12-18 and July 26 to Aug. 1.
This will be the third year the center has offered for veterans who are disabled or dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder and other specified traumas.
“This is a great opportunity for us to provide support to the veterans that gives so much to us,” Executive Director Dustin Heckman said in the release. “Veterans give so much to our local communities that we want to do our part to give back to them as well.”
Participants will participate in a week of fishing, canoeing and camping with fellow veterans. By bringing veterans into the wilderness away from noises and stress, the hope is it will help them heal, recover and just relax, the release said.
The center will be taking a small group of veterans and two group leaders up to Ely, Minnesota, where they will spend a night at a local resort before heading into the Boundary Waters the next day. All outfitting equipment will be provided for each participant. On the sixth day, the group will return to the resort before a return trip to Superior the next day.
To apply, visit bongcenter.org/boundary-waters-canoe-area or stop by the center for an application. A final deadline for consideration is set for Friday, May 21.
Individuals, businesses and organizations that are interested in donating to this program may contact Executive Director Dustin Heckman at the center.