Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Scout Reservation’s High Adventure Base offers ten 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 you!  If you don’t see a trek that you like, contact the 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.

NEW for 2016 is the Northwoods Explorer, a camp-based High Adventure program!  More details are coming soon!


Use MyKaJaWan to let us know about your interest in any or all of these in-camp High Adventures:


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Trip Total Fee (per person) Deposit Deposit Due By Notes
Apostle Islands Kayaking  $610 $100  February 18 (2015 fee shown; 2016 fee available 1st week of January)
Boundary Waters Canoeing  $520 $100 February 18 Nine Total Days needed for this trek! (2015 fee shown; 2016 fee available 1st week of January)
Isle Royale Backpacking  $520 $100  February 18  (2015 fee shown; 2016 fee available 1st week of January)
Flambeau Flowage Canoeing  $390 $75 March 18
Ice Age Trail Backpacking $330 $75 March 18
Lake Superior Sailing $525 $100 March 18 3 Day Trip (2015 fee shown; 2016 fee available 1st week of January)
Lake Superior Sailing  $565 $100 March 18 4 day Trip (2015 fee shown; 2016 fee available 1st week of January)
Manitowish River Canoeing  $390 $75 March 18
Porcupine Mountain Wilderness Area Backpacking  $390 $75 March 15
Upper Peninsula Cycling Will be offered starting in 2016.  Approximately $400 Deposit Amount (per person) & Deadline TBA  4 or 5 day trip.
Wisconsin Headwaters Canoeing  $415 $75 March 18

Please note that all Trek Balances are due by May 18th, 2015.


Costs and Fees

Fees vary per trek and are listed above (in the list of programs). For multi-day treks, all Trek Balances are due by May 18th, 2015. For in-camp high-adventures, your troop can pay at the Welcome Center any time up to the date of your outing.

High Adventure Trek registrations, fees, and payments are NOT in any way part of those for the weekly Traditional Camp.  Please keep all names, numbers, fees/payments separate.  Adults receive the same trek program as scouts, so there are no adult discounts.

How to Register

Interested in planning a Trek? Download the High Adventure Trek Planning Guide.
Click Here to go to 2015 MSR High Adventure Trek Registrations page.

Trek Requirements for Your Unit

Age Requirements:  The minimum age for treks is 13 years old, unless noted (could be 14 years old).  Recommended rank of at least First Class for camping experience and basic skills.

Medical Requirements:  Each participant must present a BSA Annual Health form (valid through last day of trek).  Parts A, B, & C must be filled out/approved by a physician.  Please have your physician use the “National High Adventure Base” details listed in Part D that are most closely related to your trek.

Adult 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.  The Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Trek Leader can act as the 2nd adult leader to meet this BSA “2 deep leadership” requirement, but only if needed.  If you have any questions, contact the High AdventureTrek Coordinator or Volunteer Advisor.

General Information

Provided:  Equipment, food, and pre-trek skill training and gear shakedown at camp

Transportation:  Participant transportation from the starting/ending point is the unit’s responsibility.  Local transportation arrangements are subject to availability.  The cost will be based on the destination and number of riders.  It will be calculated on an individual basis.  Expect it to be $30-$70 per person.

Backcountry Trek Leaders: We send a staff trek leader on each trek, excluding sailing and kayaking treks. The trek leader can count as 1 adult for a trek.

If you are new to the program or trekking please contact the High Adventure Director prior to registration to ensure that you choose the best trek for your unit!

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  AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, or speak with other units about setting up a provisional trek with them (you must still abide by all deadlines).


High Adventure Director
Barrett Wood

Reservation Director
Jim Neubaum

Camping & Program Assistant 
Debi Geiger

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 contact Barrett Wood.

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