Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Scout Reservation’s High Adventure Base will offer eleven different adventures in 2016, 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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TREK REGISTRATION CLOSES FEBRUARY 20 (11:59PM) OR APRIL 3 (11:59PM) – After these dates, pre-approval from the council and trek staff must be received to add participants, or begin a registration.  If approved, you will be contacted with further instructions.  NOTE:  Full payment (instead of deposits) may also be required.

NOTE: Registration will be closed on April 4th, while we create your troop or crew’s invoice.  Late fee dates and amounts will also be listed.

FINAL PAYMENTSFinal payments for all treks are due by June 5, 2017 (11:59PM).  No more trek registrations will be approved or amended after this date.


FEBRUARY 20, 2017 (11:59PM) REGISTRATION DEADLINES – These 3 treks fill up quickly, so to ensure you are able to participate, we have set this earlier deadline. There is a $100 deposit per participant due at the time of registration.

Trip Total Fee (per person or trek*) Notes
Apostle Islands Kayaking $655
Boundary Waters Canoeing $570 Nine Total Days needed for this trek. Recommended for experienced groups
Isle Royale Backpacking $545 Recommended for experienced groups


APRIL 3, 2017 (11:59PM) REGISTRATION DEADLINES – There is a $125 deposit per participant due at the time of registration, unless otherwise noted below.

Trip Total Fee (per person or trek*) Notes
Flambeau River/Flowage Canoeing  $415 Recommended for beginner groups
Ice Age Trail Backpacking $355 Recommended for beginner groups
Lake Superior Sailing $3900* $600 for each 6 person 36-foot boat (no per person fee)
Lake Superior Sailing  $4200* $600 for each 6 person 39-foot boat (no per person fee)
Manitowish River Canoeing  $415
Porcupine Mountain Wilderness Area Backpacking  $415 Recommended for beginner groups
Upper Peninsula Cycling  Approximately $400  4 or 5 day trip.
WI River Headwaters Canoeing  $440 Recommended for intermediate groups

NOTE:  All balances are due by May 22nd, 2017.


  • The treks offered away from camp are listed above, along with their fees.
  • 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 (no refunds if cancelled less than 30 days before the trek, except for medical emergencies).


  • Your Unit’s licenses and permits
  • Pre-trek skill training
  • Gear shakedown at camp
  • Each participant’s meals and tent space in Wabaningo (at camp) before and after the trek
  • Each participant’s food, equipment, and supplies during the trek
  • Cost includes camping fees and vehicle passes where applicable
  • Transportation of your guide and canoe trailer (for canoeing treks)
  • Ferry passage is included in Isle Royale fee

  • If you have questions about the treks being offered, trek policies, length of treks, etc., contact Adventure.MaKaJaWan@gmail.com
  • You can also contact Quinn Ryan, our Council Outdoor Program Director.


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

High Adventure Director

Reservation Director
Brian Rasmussen

Council Outdoor Program Director
Quinn Ryan
Email:  Quinn.Ryan@scouting.org ; Phone: 847-748-9154

Council Camping & Program Assistant 
Debi Geiger
Email:  camping129@neic.org; 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 contact Barrett Wood.

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