Camping, Canoeing & Rock Climbing

Scouting Trip Down the Chippewa River
Scouting Trip Down the Chippewa River

All youth (incoming 7th graders through Class of 2015) are invited to join us for a short camping & canoe trip down the Chippewa River in Bruce Friday-Saturday August 21-22.  We will be meeting at 5:00pm at our campsite on the north side of Bruce (see attached map/directions).  The site where we will be staying is a building site located at the intersection of Divine Avenue and Chippewa Avenue (Take Divine east until it comes to a T at Chippewa and the construction site has a pole shed almost straight across Chippewa Ave.  Behind the pole shed is a trail leading across a wooden bridge to the river.Bruce Canoe Trip Directions


Bruce Canoe Trip Directions Closeup

Friday evening we will set up camp, cook a meal together, swim in the river, make s’mores and banana boats and have a devotional and worship song time around the campfire.

Saturday morning after breakfast we will load up and drive north a little ways to where we will put in to the Chippewa River with the canoes and kayaks.  We will then paddle down the river for 3 hours back to the campsite, stopping and playing in the river along the way.  We will do lunch at the campsite then pack up the camp.

Saturday afternoon, for those who are up for a little more adventure, we will head to Christie Mountain (15 minutes away) to do some outdoor rock-climbing for a few hours on the ski hill cliffs.  Once we are done rock climbing, we will head back to the Soul Garage.  Youth can be picked up at Christie Mountain around 5:30pm or we will try to shuttle everyone back to the Soul Garage around 6:00pm Saturday.  We do not plan to do supper together, but will probably have some snacks for while we are rock-climbing.

Rock Climbing at Christie2

Please RSVP ASAP by texting (847.682.2405) or emailing ( Pastor Tony (by noon on Wednesday at the latest).  Group size for rock climbing may be limited so first come, first serve.  When you RSVP, let me know if you will join us for rock climbing as well or get picked up after lunch from our campsite. 

Cost & Payment

  • Cost for camping & canoeing: $20
  • If you are rock-climbing as well, total cost will be $30
  • Payment can be made to Maranatha Evangelical Free Church


Packing List: Click Canoe & Rock Climb Packing List





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