Questions or more information, call the Wausau Homes Scout Center to talk with Scott at 715-355-1450 or email .
Porcupine Mountains - Hiking Adventure
Be ready for the challenge of a five day hiking trek through the Porcupine Mountains. Everyday your packs will get lighter and the trail will get more exciting. Your trek leaders will help you learn important outdoor skills so you can become your own guide in the outdoors.
1:00 pm - Check in at Tesomas for medical re-checks and swim tests
2:00 pm - Equipment checkout, personal gear check, and van packing
3:00 pm - Depart for the Porcupine Mountains
6:00 pm - Setup camp, prepare dinner
7:30 pm - Social campfire
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - Breakfast
9:00 am - Begin hiking (Tuesday - Friday); Basic hiking and safety training (Monday)
12:30 pm - Trail lunch
1:00 pm - Continue hiking
3:30 pm - Locate a campsite
6:30 pm - Dinner
7:30 pm - Evening program (Mon: GPS, Tues: Open, Wed: Leave no Trace, Thurs: Open, Friday: Closing campfire)
5:30 am - Break camp after breakfast
6:30 am - Depart for Tesomas
10:00 am - Arrive at Tesomas, unpack the van, and checkin equipment
11:00 am - Trading Post visit
11:30 am - Depart for home
Backpacking is physically, mentally and emotionally demanding. Each person will carry a 35 to 50 lb. pack while hiking 5 to 12 miles per day in an isolated mountain wilderness.
Participants are encouraged to do several practice hikes before attending. You are expected to arrive in good physical condition and be ready for five strenuous and fun filled days of hiking.
In case of an emergency, the off-site staff is equipped with a cellular phone.
A comprehensive medical examination is required for all participants because of the higher level of activities. This involves a physician’s visit within one year.
Unit first aid kit
Cook & chef kits, Mess Kits
Collapsible water jugs
Water purifiers & iodine tablets
Sleeping bag (may bring your own)
Cell phone - for emergencies
What to Bring
1 Pair of long pants
Underwear (sport appropriate)
Socks (including a pair of wool)
Sweatshirt or jacket & rain gear
Swimsuit (one-piece for females)
Personal hygiene items and small towel
Tennis shoes or sturdy sandals that can get wet
Hiking Boots (hiking trek only)
1 or 2 pairs of athletic shorts
Insect repellent (non aerosol)
Sunscreen, hat and/or sunglasses
Medication (original container)
Water bottle (1 liter)
Due to limited storage participants should plan on wearing their clothing for 3 or more days at a time. All gear should fit in a 5-gallon bucket. Participants will become dirty by the end of the week.