2020 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.

Wilderness Trips for 2020 have not been determined as yet.  

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

The following are examples of the types of trips that have been included in the past and what may be required.

DISCOVERY 2019 – Backpacking Pigeon River State Forest 

On this exciting backpacking expedition campers will live and learn the basics of wilderness travel and camping while exercising sound, noninvasive, minimum impact techniques. Our journey will take us through the heart of the Pigeon River Country State Forest along the Shingle Mill Pathway for a duration of four days and three nights.  With over 100,000 acres to explore, the Pigeon River Country provides plenty to see from rolling hills, to meandering rivers, hardwood forests, pristine spring-fed lakes, and 100-foot-deep sinkholes.  In addition to the countless natural features, this wilderness is home to numerous native species, including deer, bobcat, black bear, eagles and elk; if we are lucky we just may have the chance to view these amazing creatures along the way!  Be prepared to hike, swim, explore and witness the beauty of a true “wild area” as we set out to discover all that the largest area of state forest land in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula has to offer.

  • In County                      $555
  • Out of County              $700


PATHFINDER 2019 –    Backpacking on North Manitou Island

This summer, come have a real wilderness adventure with us on North Manitou Island. Now here is a camping trip! 15,000 acres of wilderness with a visitor use concept that emphasizes solitude, self-reliance and a sense of exploration. On this exciting backpacking expedition campers will live and learn the basics of wilderness travel and camping while exercising sound, noninvasive, minimum impact techniques. Our journey will take us on an exploration of North Manitou Island for a duration of five days and four nights. North Manitou Island is located 12 miles west of Leland in Lake Michigan, so back-country swimming and beach exploration is a camper favorite!

  • In County                    $590
  • Out of County             $755


CANOER 2019 – Platte, Betsie & Crystal Rivers 

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                     $575
  • Out of County              $730


EXPLORER  2019 –  Backpacking Pictured Rocks 

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 Lakeshore along the southern shore of Lake Superior for five days and four nights. While there, we will take in the undisturbed beauty of 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 other 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                     $620
  • Out of County              $760


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!


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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