Trips vary in length and destination according to age, ability and interest. Cabin trips operate on a progressive system so that each year a camper comes to camp, her cabin trip will change.
All of our Maple and Linden cabins take their trips together as cabin groups, thereby enhancing their team building opportunities. Maple campers will start off with two-day "van" trips to one of the beautiful lakes or parks in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The next level of the trips progression system takes campers on marvellous canoe trips on some of the most scenic rivers in the country.
As campers get older and more experienced, they go on to tackle extended backpacking trips to places like the Sylvania National Forest in Upper Michigan, the North Country or Ice Age trails In Wisconsin. This way each year a camper returns to Birch Trail, she gets the chance to experience something new and different.
Tamaracks enjoy a menu of more challenging trip options, such as backpacking in the Isle Royale National Forest, sea kayaking on Lake Superior, as well as extended canoe and backpacking expeditions in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, Quetico Provincial Park in Canada, Sylvania National Forest, and the Porcupine Mountains.
BT girls of all ages have the opportunity to participate in a vast array of exciting, optional trips, including rock climbing trips along the granite bluffs overlooking Lake Superior and overnight horseback riding excursions. Other optional trips include canoeing, sailing, mountain biking, river and sea kayaking, hiking, and fishing.
If a camper enjoys taking our basic canoeing and camping skills class, where campers learn how to safely paddle a canoe, set up a tent, and light a fire, she can then take those skills up a level in various outdoor education programs.
We offer a Sterner’s class for intermediate canoeing, and older campers may also participate in our Voyager/Explorer program. A BT version of the ultimate outdoor class, this physically challenging outdoor leadership curriculum includes over fifty hours of instruction, practice and study, culminating in a 24-hour minimal-impact solo camping challenge.
7-day backpacking trips to Isle Royale National Park
5- to 8-day canoe camping trips to Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
7- to 12-day canoe camping trips to Quetico Provincial Park
4- to 6-day sea kayaking trips to Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
2-day rock climbing trips to the north shore of Lake Superior
2-day Mt. biking trips within the CAMBA trail system (the largest network of trails in the midwest!)
3- to 5-day backpacking trips on the Superior Hiking Trail or North Country Trail
3-day canoeing trips on the Namekagon and St Croix rivers.
2-day fishing trips to the Chippewa Flowage or Hayward lakes region
Whitewater canoeing day trips on the Bois Brule and St. Croix rivers