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.


GO TO “Getting Ready for your Trek” for detailed requirements.


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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NEW IN 2018 2018 MSR High Adventure Request Form-Updated 11-16-17. We want to gather information about your troop or crew before you register online. We will mail you a Trek Packet to help promote and prepare for it. Please complete and return the trek request form to our council office with $50. Contact Quinn Ryan with program questions and Debi Geiger with registration or payment questions.

NEW IN 2018:  2018 MSR High Adventure Treks-Special Diet Request Form (different process than the “regular” special diet request form).

NEW TREK OPPORTUNITY IN 2018:  We are offering a Provisional High Adventure Trek during Week 1 for scouts in your unit who want to go hiking, even if your unit can’t do a trek!  The Provisional trek is a “password protected” registration, since the 2018 Provisional Trek Application must be completed (signed by a parent and unit leader), before the scout can register online as a “Porcupine Mt. Provisional Scout”.  Fees and deadlines are the same as Unit Treks.   Use the link below to find out about this trek.  Once we receive your Provisional Trek Application, we will email you registration information.

NOTE:  The Week 6  Provisional Trek has been canceled.

UNIT TREKS: Registration opened January 2, 2018. When registering, choose the week of your trek first, then its name with the type. Example: Week 3, then Apostle Island Scout, Apostle Island Adult; Exception: After choosing your week, choose “Lake Superior Boat” since it is a “per boat” fee. Then, provide the type (Lake Superior Scout, Lake Superior Adult) and name of each person on the boat – limit 6 per boat.

High Adventure Treks are available during the same weeks as Traditional Camp (which is our program for merit badges and in-camp experiences):

  • Week 1: June 24-June 30, 2018
  • Week 2: July 1-7, 2018
  • Week 3: July 8-14, 2018
  • Week 4: July 15-21, 2018
  • Week 5: July 22-28, 2018
  • Week 6: July 29-Aug. 4, 2018 – Lake Superior Sailing is available, but all other trek spaces have been taken for Week 6.
  • Week 7: Aug. 5-11, 2018 – We can add this week, if needed.  We also have an Apostle Island spot “on hold” for this week, so let us know if your unit is interested.


2018 Fees

The links below take you to the specific web page.

*MINIMUM AGE: The minimum age for high adventure treks is 13 years.  Exception:  Scouts must be at least 14 years old for the Apostle Island and Pictured Rocks Kayaking treks. No exceptions.

**In 2018, Lake Superior Sailing trek fees are per boat, instead of per person. The cost is $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 WI River Headwaters Canoeing trek groups should be intermediate-level or above; it is not recommended for beginner-level groups or younger scouts.

Deadlines for Each Trek

You must complete the registration and pay the $125 per participant deposits for each trek by the following dates (11:59 pm):

  • February 19, 2018 for Apostle Island, Boundary Waters, Isle Royale, and Pictured Rocks
  • April 2, 2018 for Lake Superior Sailing
  • May 1, 2018 for Flambeau River/Flowage, Ice Age Trail, Manitowish River, Porcupine Mt. Wilderness, and WI River Headwaters

Any additions after these dates will need to be approved by the trek and council staff, if they increase the number of campsites or water craft needed for the trek.  Also, starting the day after the above deadlines, the full amount will be charged instead of just the deposit.  Final payment of all trek fees is by June 1, 2018 (11:59 pm, if paid online).


  • 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
Brett Towle

Reservation Director (and Council Program Director)
Quinn Ryan
Email:; Phone: 847-748-9154

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

High Adventure Program Coordinator
Adam Hoeflich

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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