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Explore the Northwoods with our Nationally Accredited Trek Camp.

2014 MSR High Adventure Trek Planning Guide (Updated 01/03/2014)

MSR New High Adventure Map

Needs/Wants List for Trek Camp


High Adventure Director
Barrett Wood

Reservation Director
Jim Neubaum

Camping & Program Assistant
Debi Geiger

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”.


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2014 Backpacking Treks – Online Registration Closes June 14th, 11:59pm

2014 Water-based Treks – Online Registration Closes June 14th, 11:59pm

NOTE REGARDING DEPOSIT DEADLINES: You can still add scouts and adults to the roster between the “Deposit Deadline” and “Registration Closes” dates.  But, the registration will show the full amount due for each “add-on” (along with any balance that may still be due for previously registered participants).

Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan 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 that!

Trek Requirements:

Age Requirements:  Minimum age for ALL treks is 13, unless specified otherwise. Recommended rank of at least First 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.

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:  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 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!

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.  

Registration Information

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