Part of the benefit of coming to camp is to experience things that cannot be done at home. Wilderness trips are fun, new, exciting and challenging adventures for most campers; these special trips give campers the opportunity to discover a new world and to become comfortable in it. The ability to gain knowledge and skills and apply them to new situations is an important step toward self-directed living. In the beautiful and natural surroundings of the Northwoods, learning responsible and enjoyable camping skills is an excellent arena in which kids can learn and practice these skills. It is on these camping trips that, in addition to the idyllic experiences of sleeping in a tent, making s'mores over a campfire and exploring nature's incredible bounty, campers gain a sense of accomplishment and respect for her surroundings. Beyond the physical beauty of the experience, outdoor camping trips provide an excellent venue for personal growth, leadership and team building. Specially trained staff and counselors lead each trip, under the guidance of our longtime wilderness trip director. Our trip leaders are carefully selected for their deep appreciation for the wilderness and are among our most mature and responsible staff.
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 marvelous 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.