Coureur Des Bois




The Coureur des Bois Program provides Scouts with an introduction to the MSR High Adventure Base opportunities as well as being a fun and exciting alternative to the merit badge program.  A Coureur des Bois (or Coureur de Bois; English translation is Runner of the Woods) was an independent entrepreneur who journeyed to the interior of North America at the beginning of the 18th Century to take advantage of the Fur Trade. Eventually these Coureurs would join the licensed company crews of Voyageurs who at the time were pushing deeper into the untamed regions of the Northwoods looking for more furs. Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan High Adventure Base invites you to join the ranks of Coureur from history as you journey into the Northwoods of Wisconsin and take an independent look at what the region has to offer. Scouts who sign up as Coureurs will spend each day out on an adventure both in Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Scout Reservation and at locations throughout the Northwoods. Each day will bring a new adventure and new challenges for the Coureur. Participants in the Coureur des Bois Program will begin each morning after breakfast and rejoin their units at dinner. They will be able to take advantage of evening programs throughout camp! Coureur des Bois is open to Scouts age 13 and older.


ADDITIONAL FEE:  Scouts participating in the Coureur des Bois program do pay an additional $25 fee on top of their scout summer camp program fee.  The council website’s registration system is set up to collect those fees.  Since space is very limited, so these fees must now be prepaid online.

NOTE: We are hoping to provide merit badge sign-up through the council website in 2019, which means you will also be able to sign up for the Coureur des Bois program at the same time you pay.

IN PLACE OF BLOCK SCHEDULE OFFERINGS:  Instead of taking merit badges or participating in programs offered at each sub-camp, scouts will be taken off on a high adventure trek each day. See below an EXAMPLE of the five-day program’s schedule.  Possible overnight programs are available depending on the wishes of the group.

Sample Week Program

. Sunday: Shakedown and High Ad campfire. Finalize weeks program.

  • Monday: Overnight Backpacking (Boundary trail? Ice age trail?)

  • Tuesday: (AM) Return from backpacking trip. (PM) Climbing Wall, Zipline, Crate stacking, Shooting Sports Training

  • Wednesday: (AM) Coureur De Bois Olympics War canoe race, Ultimate frisbee and GaGa Ball) (PM) Shooting Sports - Open shooting for rifle and shotgun. Action Archery

  • Thursday: Morning mountain biking through camp. Afternoon Mountain Biking field trip to Jack Lake mountain biking trails. or Flambeau River overnight canoe trip.

  • Friday: Menominee Reservation white water raft trip. Trail ride and Coureur De Bois cookout together with all returning High Adventure Treks. (Root beer and BBQ)