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Crystalaire is one of Northern Michigan’s premiere guiding and outdoor education programs, with a history in the region that goes back to 1921. We strive to make the world a better place by offering opportunities to imagine and experience new social norms and ways of living together through wilderness expeditions. We offer trips and programs for families, organizations, private groups, and youth.
This is part of our philosophically driven youth programs, which emphasize participant choice, social learning, identity-based leadership, and strong group management skills. This is an overnight, outdoor, camping based program for youth – check out our website for other opportunities or to register.
Part of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, the Manitou islands are among the country’s most beautiful. Bright sandy beaches meet blue crystal waters, all surrounded by deep and rich green forests and rolling dunes. Guides will take kids ages 12 – 15 on a five day backpacking trip around the island, teaching them to camp, cook, navigate with a map and compass, and work together. These are low-intensity trips that focus on working as a group, while giving participants the chance to make as many decisions about the route as possible.
For more on the program, visit our website!