Wilderness Trips

Discover what you’re made of! Our challenging progressive wilderness trip program will introduce you to new skills in biking, canoeing, kayaking, and hiking as well as outdoor cooking, leave-no-trace camping, and more.  Specific details about these trips such as dates and cost will be available in the 2016 Camp Guide. Financial aid is available!

Progressive Trip Program

Our progressive wilderness trip program consists of five levels that keep you coming back each summer to build on your skills in one of four areas: biking, backpacking, canoeing, or kayaking. What does the wilderness have in store for you?

Trip Progression Backpacking Canoeing Kayaking Biking
1st Level

  • No experience necessary
  • 3-5 days on trail
  • Grades 4-8
Sylvania Wilderness Upper Wisconsin River Manitowish River Northern Highland State Forest
2nd Level

  • 1st level trip of any kind or camping experience recommended
  • 4-7 days on trail
  • Grades 5-9
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Michigamme River Chippewa Kayak Nicolet State Forest
3rd Level

  • Must have attended a 2nd level trip of any kind
  • 6-9 days on trail
  • Grades 6-10
Porcupine Mountains State Forest Manitowish Waters Namekagon Flowage Chequamegon National Forest
4th Level- Canadian-Red Suspenders

  • Must have attended a 3rd level trip of the same type
  • Red suspenders are a tradition in wilderness trips and are received at a campfire ceremony after completion of a 4th level. They represent maturity, ambition, and a mastery of tripping skills. Fellow campers look up to those who have completed these trips.
  • 8-12 days on trail
  • Grades 8-12
Superior Hiking Trail Boundary Waters Apostle Islands National Park Bike Canadian
Northern Wisconsin & Upper Peninsula
5th Level

  • Must have attended at least one 4th level trip of any kind
  • Girls have fine-tuned all basic camping skills
  • 12-18 days on trail
  • Grades 9-12
Isle Royale National Park Quetico Provincial Park Kayak Superior
Canadian shore of Lake Superior
Bike Superior
Circle tour of Lake Superior; takes two summers to complete

Wild West

Grades: 8-12

Travel to the Dakotas for an unforgettable trip to Badlands backcountry. Spend a week at Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Custer State Park hiking, horseback riding, sightseeing, and shopping. Pitch a tent under the stars and enjoy the rugged beauty of the wild west.


Grades: 4–7

Can’t decide which wilderness trips you love most? Try them all! Spend three days away from camp backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, and biking with CBT as your base camp.

Gilligan’s Island

Grades: 5–9

Canoe the Willow Flowage and spend a few days and nights on a “deserted” island. Learn cool tips for wilderness survival such as campfire cooking, purifying lake water, and living without modern conveniences while leaving little impact on the land.