12 Campers, 3 Staff, 6 Nights, 30 Miles Backpacking the Trail
The trail changes people, you won’t come back the same!
Unplugging and being immersed in God’s creation for 6 nights with only the sound of footsteps on the trail and wildlife is an experience in itself. Add-in a community of campers and staff to share conversation and guide the group through God’s Word. It’s an unforgettable and impactful week!
Two different groups will tackle the journey in 2023 – find the right fit for you!
High School Freshman and Sophomores
June 17-23, 2023
12 spots available; co-ed
High School Juniors and Seniors
July 15-21, 2023
12 spots available; co-ed
First time on a Fort Journey?
We’ve got you covered.
Located along the south shore of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is miles of pristine beaches, deep green forests, dashing waterfalls, and coastline that could grace any postcard, it’s ideal for a genuine wilderness experience.
Campers will meet at Fort Wilderness for check-in and then head to the Lab site for a day of gear-prep, gear training, and team building.
Once we hit the trail all belongings and gear will be transported via backpack. Each night we will set up camp at primitive sites along the trail. No experience is required however being in general good physical shape is needed.
All meals will be prepared and served by Fort Staff – dehydrated food has never tasted so good! Plus, one special Fort signature meal prepared at the campsite.
Trained, experienced staff will guide the trip with both adventure and outfitting skills but also relationally as they lead conversations and daily devotions.
The Journey is sure to challenge campers physically and spiritually.
What equipment does Fort provide?
Fort provides all necessary equipment such as tents and packs. Your personal belongings and required items can be found on the packing list.
Is backpacking experience required?
No experience required! We will teach basic backpacking skills and help you feel comfortable once we hit the trail. The packs could weigh as much as 50 lbs and the trail is moderately challenging so being in general good shape is needed. We hike five to eight miles a day.
Can I bring my phone?
This is an unplugged adventure! No phones allowed. (Trip leaders have phones for emergency purposes.)
What are the sleeping arrangements?
We have high-quality four person tents that two – four people share.
What about bathrooms and showers?
Pit/vault toilets will be provided at all campsites we stay at. Showers will be available upon returning to camp the night before pick up. Be sure to review the Prep Guide for best practices.
How are health issues handled on the trail?
A trained and certified emergency medical responder will travel with each trip. We will work with special conditions, allergies, or concerns on a case-by-case basis. Filling out the health form accurately and completely at registration is important so that we can serve you well.
We welcome your family to drive your child up to Fort, take a tour, and meet your counselor. You may also utilize our transportation. It is available for our summer youth programs, with pickups on opening Saturday and drop-offs on closing Friday of camp. We use a coach bus and/or vans, all chaperoned by trained Fort Staff.
Cost: +$135 Round Trip / +$80 One Way
Food Allergy Note
For any food allergy, we want to help. The nature of the trip allows some flexibility with food – Please email at the same time of registration to be sure we can accommodate your needs. Contact the Adventure Program Manager, Gunnar Koehn at email@example.com
Basic Camp Schedule
|Opening Day||Arrive at camp! 11:00 am|
Meet your leaders and campmates
Prepare for the trip
|Day 2-5||On the trail!|
Daily devotional led by the staff
Evening group activities and prayer
|Last Day||Return packs and gear|
Depart 10:00 am – See you next time!