OWASIPPE HIGH ADVENTURE & OUTPOSTS

Canoeing Lake Wolverine, located entirely within Owasippe's boundaries

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.

Ultimate Owasippe Adventure. Experience the Reservation and many of it's High Adventure programs in a completely unique manner. Hike the trails, fish the lakes, ride the trails on horseback, try our COPE course, and much more. Fill your week with exciting new opportunities developed for older Scouts.

ATV Riding Experience. This exciting opportunity, approved for Scouts over 14 years of age, consists 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.

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Mountain Boarding.  In partnership with Michigan Crossroads Council, Owasippe offers Mountain Boarding at Camp Gerber, which is adjacent to Owasippe. Mountain Boarding is like snowboarding, but on an off-road skateboard (and without the snow). Transportation to and from Camp Gerber is provided.

Welding and Metal Working Merit Badges.  In partnership with Michigan Crossroads Council, these two merit badges are offered at Camp Gerber, which is adjacent to Owasippe.  Transportation to and from Camp Gerber is provided. 

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 badge.  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 .  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 lake.

White River Canoe and Tubing 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.

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.

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. Cycling merit badge and guided trail rides are available at Owasippe. 23 miles of Michigan's top 10 rated mountain biking trails, located on Owasippe Scout Reservation's 4800 acres, are at the center of this 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 a part of Owasippe.

Photography and Moviemaking. 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 and videos.  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 or video. This is a great opportunity to sharpen your photo taking skills while earning Photography or Moviemaking merit badge.

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.

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