A visit to Owasippe means much more than selecting which camp to choose for your week or two weeks stay.  It’s about the opportunities for fun and adventure happening all over almost 4800 acres of wilderness splendor.  Whether your Scouts are first year campers or veterans of many summer camp adventures, there is always something exciting awaiting your Scouts at Owasippe.

The Mystery Word for this Website is ADVENTURE.


Ultimate Owasippe Adventure. New for 2017. Experience the Reservation and many of it's High Adventure programs in a completely unique manner. Hike the trails, fish the lakes, horseback riding, COPE, and much more awaits you. Fill your week with exciting new opportunities developed for older Scouts. Click here for more information about the Ultimate Owasippe Adventure Program.

ATV Riding Experience. Pathway To Adventure Council is proud to announce the introduction of the BSA's new ATV program to Owasippe Scout Reservation this summer. This exciting opportunity, approved for Scouts over 14 years of age, will consist of a hands on learning, care and riding experience. The program culminates in an Owasippe trail ride at the completion of the Scout's training.

Diamond O Ranch.  See parts of the Reservation on horseback.  Visit the Ranch and take advantage of exciting horseback programs for Scouts of all ability levels.  Trail rides are offered daily.  Wrangler Outpost is offered for those who would like an overnight trail ride. Horsemanship merit badge is also offered.  Certain restrictions apply.

Mountain Boarding (MountainBoarding).  In partnership with Michigan Crossroads Council, Owasippe will offer Mountain Boarding.  This exciting new program will be offered at Camp Gerber, which is adjacent to Owasippe. Transportation to and from Camp Gerber will be provided.  Refer to the High Adventure master program grid for days and time. 

Welding and Metal Working Merit Badges.  In partnership with Michigan Crossroads Council, Owasippe has added these two merit badge offerings.  These exciting new programs will be offered at Camp Gerber, which is adjacent to Owasippe.  Transportation to and from Camp Gerber will be provided.  Refer to the High Adventure master program grid for days and time. 

Fossett Sailing Base.  Big Blue Lake provides Owasippe not only with beauty but also a natural resource for all boating activities. Whether it is wind, human or gas powered, you will find it at Fossett Sailing Base. Certain restrictions apply for all aquatic activities.

Small Boat Sailing.  Do you yearn to feel the rush of the wind as you fly across the water? If so, consider taking Small Boat Sailing merit badge.  You will learn to sail one of our dinghies around the open expanse of Big Blue and after some practice, you’ll be navigating your craft with calm skill and ease.  For experienced sailors, we also offer open sailing.

Motor Boating.  Learn to operate a motorboat, as well as the rules of the lake, and earn Motorboating merit bade.  You will have the opportunity to drive one of Owasippe’s motorboats.

Water Sports.  Develop your water skiing skills in a safe and fun environment while earning Water Sports merit Badge.

Lake Tubing or River Tubing.  Grab a friend and enjoy being pulled behind Blackhawk’s speedboat for a few laps around the lake and get a high speed tour of Big Blue. Enjoy the scenery of the Manistee National Forest as you float down the White River.

White River Canoe Trips.  Discover the beauty that is often overlooked at Owasippe.  The canoeing trips provide opportunities to see the natural splendor that is Owasippe from a completely different perspective.  These trips down the White River take you through the Manistee National Forest and are between 3 and 6 hours in duration, depending on your preference.

Saturday (Weekend) Canoe Trip.  “Stay-over troops” (those troops that stay 2 weeks) are offered this opportunity for their extra time at Owasippe.  Trailers packed with canoes, paddles and PFDs are available for your troop to begin an excursion down the White River.  Saturday trips are flexible and can even include an overnight on the river.

Ultimate Owasippe Adventure

ATV Riding Experience

ATV Riding Experience

Diamond "O" Ranch

Camp Gerber Mountain Boarding Program

Welding Merit Badge work

Small boat sailing on Big Blue Lake

Scout attempting to Water Ski

Lake Tubing

Sail Base

White River Canoeing

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Ultimate Owasippe Adventure

C.O.P.E./Climbing.  The Charles Nagle C.O.P.E. base is your Scouts opportunity to experience a “Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience”.  This program will help Scouts learn teamwork and build self-confidence.  This also the home of the 30 foot high, Chris Hill climbing tower where Scouts can participate in open climbing or earn Climbing merit badge.

Low C.O.P.E. focuses on team building activities utilizing a number of challenging ground based events.  After completing the Low C.O.P.E., Scouts can then participate in High C.O.P.E.  This is an elevated ropes course that consists of five challenges including an exhilarating trip down the zip line.  All of these programs are supervised by trained and qualified staff.  Certain restrictions apply.

Mountain Biking. (Bike) New for 2015. Cycling merit badge and guided trail rides are coming to Owasippe. 23 miles of Michigan's top 10 rated mountain biking trails, located on Owasippe Scout Reservation's 4800 acres, is at the center of this new and exciting outpost. By participating in this program, you will have an opportunity to travel through seldom seen areas of camp and explore the wonderful and fragile ecosystem that is apart of Owasippe.

Photography.  What better way to capture the splendor of Owasippe’s wilderness than with a digital camera.  Memories that will last a life time can be taken home with pictures taken on your camera.  Scouts will receive instruction on camera use and picture composition, and then embark on a journey where they will attempt to capture the perfect photograph. This is a great opportunity to sharpen your photo taking skills while earning Photography merit badge.


Stem Outpost.  Unique and seldom seen Owasippe locations will be studied requiring use of hiking, canoeing, and orienteering skills. Use an underwater robot to collect data. Work in partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Identify plants and animals, especially rare and endangered species. Then classify, analyze, and add your data to a growing database of the Owasippe flora and fauna. Your research could be instrumental in saving a species, preserving our camp as a natural preserve, and providing crucial data about changes in the environment!

Star Hikes.  If you find yourself looking to the stars, pondering how people of the past viewed the heavens, then grab your favorite camp chair and come on a Star Hike.  Lie back, relax and gaze into the heavens, as our staff regales you with colorful stories of cosmic folklore.  This figurative “hike through the stars” will transport listeners on a journey through time and space, as attendees hear the legends and lore of ancient civilizations on each hike.  Each star hike will educate and entertain.

Fishing Outpost.  Take a guided fishing trip on Owasippe’s pontoon boat.  Catch the big one on Big Blue Lake.  Fishing Outpost is open to both Scouts and Leaders.

View Leaders Manual for more information, restrictions and prerequisites, about these exciting programs.

Ultimate Owasippe Adventure

Charles Nagle COPE Base

Chris Hill Climbing Tower

Enjoying the Ride

Photography Photo Lab

microscope computer images

ROV underwater research

These future astronomers viewing the moon

Fishing Big Blue Lake

Canoeing Lake Wolverine located entirely within Owasippe Scout Reservation's boundaries.