The Northwoods Experience is an introductory high adventure program designed for youth ages 14-15. This program focuses on building the skill sets, confidence and endurance to prepare youth for weeklong high adventure experiences.
All programs start with arrival on Sunday either at Tesomas or Camp Phillips. Participants will be available to help the rest of their troop get checked into their campsites. On Sunday night participants will meet their crew leaders and other crew members. On Monday participants will focus on the skills required for their trip. Mondays will also focus initiative games and building the participants sets into True crew prior to the departure on the trek Early Tuesday morning participants will depart for their adventure into the wilderness. They will rendezvous with participants from the other camp to form their crew for the remainder of the week. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday will be spent in the wilderness doing adventures. Youth will return for lunch at their respective Boy Scout camps on Friday. Friday afternoon will be focused on crew gear cleaning and wrap up activities.
Each experience will have a service project component to give back to the public lands. Each participant will receive practicable Leave No Trace camping experience focusing on practicing the ethics of Leave No Trace.
The Northwoods high adventure base strives to provide exposure to the phenomenal resources that the Northwoods has to offer. Part of the mission of the Northwoods high adventure base is to instill a lifelong passion for the outdoors and a since of adventure. The Northwoods Experience is just one step in the process to doing that.
- A youth must be 14 years of age OR 13 years of age and completed the 8th grade by date of participation.
- Participation in this trek is limited to 10 participants.
- Cost for 2015 is $375 per person. This includes all equipment, staff support, transportation from Tesomas Scout Camp or Phillips Scout Reservation, and food. A late fee of $25 will be added for any registrations after March 15.
- Register Online
- Canoe Camping / Fishing:
Monday will be spent learning basic canoeing techniques, basic river fishing techniques as we as packing the crew gear required for the trip. Programming will start in Hayward on the Namekogen River. Participants will float down the river at the pace of the crew. The trip is more focused on fishing and canoe camping than covering miles. Each crew will be provided crew gear, canoes, life jackets, paddles, portage packs, and food for the week. Youth will fulfill many of the requirements for the Canoeing and camping merit badge as well as provide a conservation project for the National Scenic River way.
There will be two treks to select from, either the Porcupine Mountains in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan or the superior hiking trail on the north shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota. Each experience provides breathtaking views of Lake Superior as well as great backpacking experience. On Mondays crews will divide up crew gears and learn the basics on the packing a backpack. Crews will also brush up on some land navigation skills as well as leave no trace hiking techniques. Early on Tuesdays crews will depart for their trek and rendezvous with the rest of their crew from the other Boy Scout camp. Crews will then depart on their adventure into the wilderness until Friday morning. Crews will be led by an experienced trek guide. This program will prepare youth for an isle royal trek as well as a Philmont trek. Crews will follow leave no trace practices and will be learning campsite selection techniques as well as land navigation techniques.
More information coming soon. To signup for any of our programs for 2015 feel free to contact Scott Domino (715-490-2241) or Luke McNeese (715-513-9877).