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.

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

2019 Program Fee

$2,000.00 for a 2-week session

2019 Program Dates**

Session 1A: Saturday, June 15 - Friday, June 28

Session 1B: Saturday, June 29 - Friday, July 12

Session 2A: Sunday, July 14 - Friday, July 27

Session 2B: Sunday, July 28 - Friday, August 10

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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