Backpacking the North Country Trail

Boys Overnight Youth YMCA Camp

The Trooper program was introduced in 2017 as Pioneers and was an immediate success.  It is a two-week camp program for boys that are finishing either 7th or 8th grade.  This program is modeled after our very successful two week programs for younger campers and features a three day/two night backpacking trip on the North Country Trail near Mesick, MI.  A portion of this 3,000 mile trail comes very close to camp and offers great hiking, beautiful scenery and wonderful campgrounds.

This program is JUST offered during session 1A and 1B and limited to the first 16 boys that sign up.  Be a part of Hayo-Went-Ha history and have your 7th or 8th grade son continue their Hayo-Went-Ha traditions through this Trooper program!



Length Options

2 Weeks




Completed Seventh or Eighth Grade


Overnight / Sleep Away Camp

Trip Destination

The North Country Trail near Mesick, MI

Popular Camp Activities

Polar Bear Swim, Ropes Course, Zip Line, Climbing Wall Campfires, Smores, Arts & Crafts, Archery

2017 Program Fee

$1,850.00 for a 2-week session

2017 Program Dates**

Session 1A: Saturday, June 17 - Friday, June 30

Session 1B: Saturday, July 01 - Friday, July 14

Required Trip Equipment

The following list is detailed and specific for the Trooper trip.

  • Hiking boots (broken in)
  • Backpack (A good size would be 4000 - 5000 cubic inches with either internal or external frame and an adjustable hip strap)
  • Pack cover (to protect pack from rain)
  • Zip Lock bags (assorted sizes)
  • Wool or wool blend socks
  • Backpack camping towel (smaller size towel)
  • *Sunglasses
  • Pocket Knife
  • * 2 Bungee cords and 2 carabineers (To hang items off your pack)

* Available in the camp store

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