Summer wilderness camps

Four wilderness adventure trips offer training in self-confidence, communication and teamwork, will be held in some of Michigan’s most beautiful areas this summer.

 

Camp Daggett offers campers, ages 13-15, an exciting opportunity to challenge themselves and learn new skills in a wilderness setting.

The four trips vary in location and difficulty and each will focus on “Leave No Trace” back-country ethics, basic survival skills and the general history and ecology of the area.

DISCOVERY 2019 – Backpacking Pigeon River State Forest – June 23-29, 2019

On this exciting backpacking expedition, campers will live and learn the basics of wilderness travel and camping while exercising sound, noninvasive, minimum impact techniques. Our journey goes through the heart of the Pigeon River Country State Forest along the Shingle Mill Pathway for a duration of four days and three nights.  With over 100,000 acres to explore, the Pigeon River Country provides plenty to see from rolling hills, to meandering rivers, hardwood forests, pristine spring-fed lakes, and 100-foot-deep sinkholes.  In addition to the countless natural features, this wilderness is home to numerous native species, including deer, bobcat, black bear, eagles and elk. Be prepared to hike, swim, explore and witness the beauty of a true “wild area.”

PATHFINDER 2019 –    Backpacking on North Manitou Island – July 7 – 13, 2019

Explore 15,000 acres of wilderness on North Manitou Island with a visitor-use concept that emphasizes solitude, self-reliance and a sense of exploration. On this exciting backpacking expedition, campers will live and learn the basics of wilderness travel and camping while exercising sound, noninvasive, minimum impact techniques. The journey will take campers on an exploration of North Manitou Island for a duration of five days and four nights. North Manitou Island is located 12 miles west of Leland in Lake Michigan, so back-country swimming and beach exploration is a camper favorite!

CANOER 2019 – Platte, Betsie & Crystal Rivers – July 21 – 27, 2019

On this true canoeing adventure, campers will explore some of the most scenic meandering waterways that Michigan has to offer.  After setting up base camp in the beautiful Sleeping Bear Dunes State Park, campers will head out for daily adventures on the Platte, Betsie and Crystal Rivers, build their paddling skills as they attempt varying levels of swift water and technical river ways.  Expect four days and three nights of exploring the wilderness, spotting wildlife, relaxing on sand bars and some of the best beaches in all of Michigan.

EXPLORER  2019 –  Backpacking Pictured Rocks – August 4 – 10, 2019 

For a challenging wilderness excursion, the destination is Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore along the southern shore of Lake Superior for five days and four nights. While there, campers will take in the undisturbed beauty of one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world and marvel at the immaculate limestone formations that serve as its shoreline. While there, campers will enjoy some of the natural berries and other edibles in the region along with a dip in Lake Superior. Some prior wilderness experience and exposure to hiking and backpacking is preferred.

Each trip will, at a minimum, be led by a nationally-certified wilderness first responder.  The lead staff will be accompanied by a second adult with current first aid and CPR training. Both staff members have extensive experience leading groups in the backcountry. For more information, go to: https://www.campdaggett.org/wilderness-adventure-trips/.

To learn more about Camp Daggett, visit www.campdaggett.org or call executive director, Brent Marlatt at 347-9742.

 

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