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MSR Hi-Adventure Trek Planning Guide – BEING UPDATED FOR 2014. Available soon!
High Adventure Director
High Adventure Volunteer Advisor
Camping & Program Assistant
HIGH ADVENTURE TREK ONLY? If your troop or crew will ONLY be signing up for a high adventure trek and not for a full week of “traditional camp” (or you are an adult leader that is only handling “trek registrants” for your unit), contact Debi so she can add you to her “2014 MSR Contact List”.
- Whitewater Rafting – Spend the day rafting down the wild Wolf River!
- Horse Ranch – One of the only camp run Ranch in the Midwest.
- Climbing Wall – Climb Mt. Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan!
HIGH ADVENTURE TREK PROGRAMS
2014 Backpacking Treks
- Ice Age Trail
- Isle Royale Backpacking
- Pictured Rocks Backpacking
- Porcupine Mountain Wilderness Area Hiking
2014 Water-based Treks
- Apostle Islands Kayaking
- Boundary Waters Canoeing
- Flambeau River Canoeing
- Lake Superior Sailing
- Manitowish River Canoeing
- Wisconsin River Headwaters Canoeing (JUST ADDED 12/04/13! More information available soon about this exciting new adventure!)
Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan High Adventure Base offers nine different adventures 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 that!
Age Requirements: Minimum age for ALL treks is 13, unless specified otherwise. Recommended rank of at least 1st class for camping experience and basic skills.
Medical Requirements: Each participant must present a BSA Annual Health Form (Parts A,B, & C filled out/approved by a physician) as per BSA requirements listed in Part D (specific to High Adventure Treks); please have the physician use the National High Adventure Base details most closely related to your trek.
Leadership Requirement: Each unit must provide at least one adult leader per trek. Certain treks may require the splitting of the group for overnight camping, so they will require at least 2 leaders for each sub-group. Generally, the Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Trek Leader can act as the 2nd adult leader to meet this BSA “2 deep leadership” requirement. See your trek choice for it’s specific requirements. If you have any questions, contact the High AdventureTrek Coordinator or Volunteer Advisor.
Provided: Equipment, food, and pre-trek skill training and gear shakedown at camp
Transportation: Unit’s responsibility (we will transport gear at no cost). We may be able to make local arrangements for participant transportation – but it is subject to availability (there is additional fee of $30 – $75 per person, depending on destination: $150 minimum). There will be a change in the transportation fees for 2014: the cost of transportation will be based on destination and how many people are being transported. It will be calculated on an individual trek basis.
Backcountry Trek Leaders: We send a staff trek leader on each trek, excluding sailing and kayaking treks. The trek leader can count as the second adult for a trek, providing that the group is not required to split campsites during the trek.
If you are new to the program or trekking please contact the High Adventure Coordinator prior to registration to ensure that you choose the best trek for your unit!NOTE: A large portion of our Trek gear was recently updated to better serve your group’s equipment needs NOTE: If you are interested in partaking in a High Adventure Trek but your unit is not able or not interested this year, let the Coordinator know or speak with other units about setting up a provisional trek.
Online Registration Opens Monday, January 6, 2014: Links/instructions will be emailed by mid-December, 2013 (the latest to your unit’s 2014 MSR Camp Coordinator. Online registration is required for Scouts and Leaders. Scout and adult leader names are needed when completing the online registration. Paper rosters will not be accepted at the council office or camp (found in the trek planning guide – they are for troop/crew use only). NOTE: Do NOT use the roster found in the trek planning guide to register. It is designed for “unit use” only.
Initial Registration/Deposit Paid Deadlines (see each trek for deposit/fee amounts): Troops must register online by:
* February 1st - Apostle Islands, Boundary Waters, Isle Royale, & Pictured Rocks
* March 15th - Flambeau, Ice Age Trail, Manitowish, Lake Superior, & Porcupine Mountains
Fees: Separate from, NOT in addition to, Traditional Camping at Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Scout Reservation. See trek pages for the cost of each trek.
Your balance must be paid by 11:59PM, Saturday, May 17, 2014. After that, “add-ons” must pay in full. The earlier the registration is completed, the better the chance that the necessary permits will be acquired. The Park and Forest Services permitting systems are ‘first come, first served’ and we have had treks lose out because of late registration.
2014 REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT CHANGES
“Online Payment Options”: We have set up our new service provider (ScoutTools) to require payment to complete online registrations. BUT, there are NO longer convenience fees! You can pay online using your personal or unit credit/debit card or electronic check (you may need to set up “e-checks” with your unit’s bank first, if possible).
“Offline Payment Options” are still available, but it must be processed and entered into your unit’s “2014 MSR online contingent account” before you are able to complete the online registration “without paying” (please pay several days before registering, to allow time for payment data entry). No matter which offline payment option you choose, you must provide details (Example: Ship 129/APT, MSR Week #1, $500 deposit for 10 scouts). Note: If you are an out-of-council unit please provide your council name or initials (CAC, DPVC, NWSC, 3 Fires, etc.) instead of district initials because we have several NEIC units at camp with the same “number”…72, 188, etc. Thank you!
- Check (or cash): Pay at the scout store in person, or mail to Highland Park. Never mail/bring deposits, balance, or full fees to camp (unless for “add-ons”, and approved/told to by Debi).
- Credit/debit card: Pay at the scout store in person, or call Debi (or the scout store) with the type (MC, Visa, etc.), card #, and expiration date (security code is not needed). Never e-mail this information.
- NEIC Units – Store Account (if you have one): Someone listed as “authorized” would email details to Debi, or call the store directly (847-748-9160). Do NOT email the scout store – you may be charged twice.