Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Scout Reservation’s High Adventure Base will offer eleven different adventures in 2017, for your troop or crew.  Whether you are interested in taking in the vistas on foot at one of our four backpacking destinations, paddling through the cool water on our kayaking or canoe treks, or relaxing on sailboats in Lake Superior, there is sure to be a trek for you!  We’re even adding a cycling trek, so you can traverse the beautiful countryside of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula!  If you don’t see a trek that you like, contact the camp staff about a custom itinerary.

We offer both in-camp day trips (that are designed to compliment your stay at Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan) or adventures outside of the regular camp program. We are proud to be a Nationally Accredited High Adventure Base.


Sign up for all of these opportunities at Welcome Center when your troop is at camp.

  • Whitewater Rafting – Spend the day rafting down the wild Wolf River!
  • Horse Ranch – One of the only camp-run Ranches in the Midwest.
  • Climbing Wall – Climb Mt. Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan! New climbing tower built this year!
  • Zip Line – Zoom through the trees on our twin-line 550-foot zip!
  • Cycling Base – Ride the trails and learn the basics of mountain biking!

Mountain bikes have arrived! Our brand new mountain biking program is opening this summer.  Cycling merit badge is offered during A block and C block.  Trail rides are available during B block and D block.

For in-camp high-adventures, your Troop or Crew pays at the Welcome Center prior to the date of your outing.


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NOTE:  The 2018 deposit amounts and registration details (including deadline dates) will be available soon

NEW IN 2018 – 2018 MSR High Adventure Request Form. If your troop or crew would like to complete one of our high adventure treks, we’ve completed a request form as the first step.  We want to gather information about your troop or crew before you register online. Why? So we can mail you a Trek Packet to help promote it, and prepare for it. Please complete and return the trek request form to our council office with $25. Contact Quinn Ryan with program questions and Debi Geiger with registration or payment questions.  Treks are offered during the same six weeks of traditional camp.  Week 1 begins Sunday, June 24th and Week 6 ends Saturday, August 4th.  Each camp week runs from Sunday 1:00 pm to Saturday 9:30 am.


NOTE:  The fees below are from 2017.  The 2018 fees will be available soon.

*In 2017, Lake Superior Sailing trek fees became per boat, instead of per person.  The cost was $4,200 for a 36 ft. boat ($700 each for 6-man crew) and $4,500 for a 39 ft. boat ($750 each for 6-man crew), with a $1,000 non-refundable deposit due (per boat) when registering.


  • The treks offered away from camp are listed above.
  • Adults receive the exact same programs, supplies, etc., so they pay the same fees.
  • ALL deposits are non-refundable.
  • Part or all of the remaining payments may be forfeited, depending upon the circumstances and date of the cancellation, but no refunds if cancelled less than 30 days before the trek (except for medical emergencies).



  • Your Unit’s licenses and permits for the trek
  • Gear shakedown at camp
  • Camping space in Wabaningo before and after the trek
  • Food before and after the trek
  • Food, equipment, supplies during the trek
  • Camping fees, vehicle passes, ferry passage (as needed) for the trek
  • Transport of food, supplies, guide, canoe trailer (as needed) for the trek

TREK DETAILS:  Go to each trek’s page for more details, including requirements for that particular trek.

Scoutmasters and Crew Advisers:  Contact our council office if your troop or crew is interested in a High Adventure Trek. Include both Quinn and Debi in your email.

  • If, you still have questions after reading the trek details on our website, email someone listed below.


One of our High Adventure Staff will respond to your questions depending on the type of trek information requested.

High Adventure Director
2018 – TBD

Reservation Director
Brian Rasmussen

Council Outdoor Program Director
Quinn Ryan
Email:; Phone: 847-748-9154

Council Camping & Program Assistant (registration and payment questions, only)
Debi Geiger
Email:; Phone:  847-748-9161

Support Us

Running our high-quality High Adventure program requires a constant supply of new supplies and equipment. Check out our needs list and to see how you can help.  If you are interested in volunteer opportunities with any of the High Adventure programs, please email Quinn Ryan.

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