2018 Wilderness Adventure Trips

A group of campers silhouetted by Lake Superior.

Each of our Wilderness Adventure Trips offers our campers, ages 13-15, an exciting opportunity to challenge themselves and learn new skills in a wilderness setting. Our week will start with a day and a half on our challenge ropes course in order to increase the campers’ self-confidence and improve their communication and teamwork skills. The group will then put their new found skills to the test as they head off on one of three fun and exciting wilderness adventures.

Although the three trips vary in location and difficulty, each will focus on “Leave No Trace” backcountry ethics, basic survival skills and the general history and ecology of the area.

Wilderness Trips for 2018 are as follows:

Canoer 2018 – Platte, Betsie & Crystal Rivers   June 24 – 30, 2018

Are you looking for a true canoeing adventure?  This summer we will be exploring some of the most scenic meandering waterways that Michigan has to offer.  After setting up base camp in the beautiful Sleeping Bear Dunes State Park, we will be heading out for daily adventures on the Plate, Betsie and Crystal Rivers.  Exploring the natural beauty of some of the most pristine rivers, we will build our paddling skills as we attempt varying levels of swift water and technical river ways.  Expect 4 days and 3 nights of exploring the wilderness, spotting wildlife, relaxing on sand bars and some of the best beaches in all of Michigan.  Our days will end with picturesque sunsets and camaraderie around the campfire.  It is sure to be a trip to remember; full of fun and adventure.

In-County Rate: $550

Out-of-County Rate: $695

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Pathfinder 2018    Backpacking on South Manitou Island  July 8 – 14, 2018

Are you looking to explore an island this summer?  Then come with us and explore all the nooks and sand dunes of South Manitou Island.  We will be taking the transit boat over to the Island with our backpacks, hammocks and kites for five days and four nights.  On the Island we will be day hiking along the shoreline, playing in the water and exploring the historical sites as well as the ship wreaks around the Island.  Once we are settled in camp, we will spend the rest of the afternoon lounging on the beach, playing in the water and cooking dinner.  We are sure to see plenty of wildlife and pristine sunsets as we camp along the shoreline and enjoy the peaceful sounds of waves at our campfire by night.  This is a backpacking trip that is geared for all levels of experience.

In-County Rate: $570

Out-of-County Rate: $725

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 Explorer 2018 Backpacking Pictured Rocks    July 29 – August 4, 2018

If you are looking for a more challenging wilderness excursion, the Explorer Trip is just for you!  Our destination will be the Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore along the southern shore of Lake Superior for five days and four nights.  While there, we will take in the undisturbed beauty one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world and marvel at the immaculate limestone formations that serve as its shoreline.   While there we will enjoy some of the natural berries and edibles in the region along with a dip in Lake Superior.  Some prior wilderness experience and exposure to hiking and backpacking is preferred.  Come see for yourself one of Nature’s most interesting pieces of artwork!

In-County Rate: $600

Out-of-County Rate: $730

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Adventure Trip Goals

  • To enhance self-confidence while building teamwork skills and traits.
  • To learn responsible and safe backcountry travel, camping and survival skills.
  • To foster an appreciation for the natural world and wild places.
  • To have new and fun experiences in unique and adventurous settings!

Staff

Each trip will, at a minimum, be lead by a nationally certified wilderness first responder with life guard certification.  The lead staff will be accompanied by a second adult with current first aid and CPR training. Both staff members have extensive experience leading groups in the backcountry.

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