Wilderness Trips


Wilderness Trips

Three rugged camping experiences for Girls or Boys entering grades 8-10, 9-11, or 11-recent graduate!

8-Day Girls or Boys Pioneer Wilderness Trips
River/South Manitou in Michigan; Entering Grades 8-10 in the Fall
North Manitou Trips in Michigan
Entering Grades 9-11 in the Fall

Pioneer sessions expand your camping experience by going to the beautiful Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in northern Michigan. The River/South Manitou trip includes a canoe trip along with hiking and camping. The North Manitou trip includes a backpacking and camping adventure. You will have opportunities to create deep, meaningful friendships and grow spiritually by experiencing God, unplugged, in his amazing creation.

Each Pioneer trip begins at Camp Roger where you will get to know each other through team-building exercises and on our high ropes course. Boys sleep in the rustic cabin and girls sleep in the Yurt.

River/South Manitou trip:
During the first two-days, Pioneers will canoe on the Manistee River. Campers are then transported by ferry to South Manitou Island for a four-day/three-night adventure. Campers backpack on day hikes throughout the island, exploring the many historical and natural features. They will use a base camp, heading back to the same camping area each day. Previous camping experience is recommended.

North Manitou Trip:
This trip is a great next step for campers who have done the River/ South Manitou trip or have experience with a wilderness trip. North Manitou trips challenge campers on more rugged, “technical” camping skills including travel camping (instead of using a base camp), filtering water, etc. Campers are driven to the ferry for North Manitou Island and will spend the entire session on the island. North Manitou campers typically hike longer times each day and have more responsibility for cooking, camp set-up, and water filtration than River/South Manitou campers. Previous camping experience is highly recommended.

Check-in for either Pioneer trip is at Camp Roger between 12:45 pm and 2:00 pm on your first day. Pick-up time is between 9:30 am and 10:30 am on your last day.

12-Day Co-Ed Voyager Wilderness Trips
8 Days in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan
4 Days at Camp Roger in Rockford, Michigan
Entering Grades 11 or 12 in the Fall or Recent High School Graduates

Camp Roger’s ultimate experience! For eight days, you will backpack along the breathtaking south shore of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore while training to become a Camp Roger Voyager Counselor. You will be challenged in a multitude of ways while growing closer to God and building life-long friendships. This will be a physically demanding week of hiking rugged trails as well as (weather dependent) taking a one-day guided kayaking tour to bring you even closer to the majesty of Pictured Rocks. Upon your return to Camp Roger, you will use your leadership training with your campers and alongside our counselors during a 4-day session.

Voyager trips are a step up in intensity and destination. A co-ed environment provides an opportunity for staff to intentionally teach and role model Christ-like interactions between group members. Voyager campers will receive solid, tangible leadership training in the areas of leading games, behavior management, dealing with challenging campers, safety rules, and how to lead groups. This training will prepare them to serve alongside our camp counselors during a 4-Day Session when they return to camp. Voyager campers will receive a letter from the tripping director prior to the trip providing an itinerary and a few more details.

Check-in and pick-up times will be communicated prior to each session. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Wilderness Trips

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