All sessions will offer campers an exciting opportunity to challenge themselves and learn new skills in a wilderness setting. Each will begin 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.
- Enhance self-confidence while building teamwork skills.
- Learn responsible and safe backcountry travel, camping and survival skills.
- Exposure to relevant first aid techniques.
- Foster an appreciation for the natural world and wild places.
Each trip will be lead by a nationally certified wilderness first responder with life guard certification and accompanied by another adult with current first aid and CPR training. Both staff members have extensive experience leading groups in the backcountry.
Wilderness Trips for 2015 and the camper fees have not yet been determined. Just as for summer camp there are local and out-of-county rates.
The 2014 Trips included the following:
PATHFINDER, Porcupine Mountains
This summer, come have a real wilderness adventure with us in the Porcupine Mountains. As backpackers, we will explore some of the numerous trail systems running throughout the Porcupine Mountains. On this exciting four day and three night 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 amidst towering virgin timber, secluded lakes, waterfalls, and miles of wild rivers and streams making a visit to the "Porkies" a trip to remember. Be prepared to have fun while experiencing, learning and indentifying countless species of flora and fauna throughout this adventure.
KAYAKER, South Manitou Island
Are you looking for a true kayaking adventure? This summer we are heading to South Manitou Island on the transit boat with our kayaks in tow. When we get to the Island we will be kayaking along the shoreline. We will be out for 3 days and 2 nights, during the days we will be kayaking and exploring the lakeshore as well as the shipwrecks 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 the waves at our campfire by night. It is sure to be a trip to remember, full of fun and adventure.
EXPLORER, Pictured Rocks ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR TRIPS WE OFFER!
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 four days and three 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 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!