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Life should be fun! People should play with a purpose. Community involvement, healthy lifestyles, and recreation are promoted by Pioneer Resources in several ways. Pioneer Trails is a place, not a program. But an exciting diversity of activities and camp programs happen at Pioneer Trails.
Located in northern Muskegon County, Pioneer Trails borders beautiful Big Blue Lake on the edge of the Manistee National Forest. The camp is rustic, yet has been uniquely designed to be barrier-free and offers a wonderful environment for fun and growth. Paved trails and gentle slopes make the woods, waterfront, and buildings accessible for people of all abilities.
Pioneer Trails Activities
- Team building
- … And more
Available by Special Request
- Use of a challenge course
- Canoeing on the White River
- Horseback riding
Host Site for Many Camps
Pioneer Trails is the host site for camp programs serving many specialized populations.
Pioneer Trails Day Camp
Day camp packs fun and friendship into multi-week sessions throughout the summer. These sessions are designed to serve children and young adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities and to provide respite for families caring for children with special needs. To be eligible, campers must be between the ages of six and twenty-six and still attending school. Each session of camp lasts approximately three weeks and is in session Monday – Thursday.
Camp Connected is a three-day, two-night outdoor adventure for young adults with severe emotional disturbances. Pioneer Trails hosts the camp, whose mission is to provide a care-free experience away from daily challenges while getting in touch with nature. Young adults learn how to build social skills and the self-confidence required to navigate the future with success.
PATHS to Employment
A 4-day, 3-night camp hosted at Pioneer trails, PATHS to Employment offers transition students, ages 16-26, the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to advocate for themselves and request accommodations needed to be successful in the workplace. Students learn goal setting, taking a leadership role, their rights and responsibilities, and learning how and when to disclose their disability. All skills are developed while enjoying nature and traditional camp activities.
Camp Bold Eagle
Pioneer Trails is the host site for Camp Bold Eagle, a program of the Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan (HFM). Founded in 1969, Camp Bold Eagle is the oldest camp of its kind in the country serving children with hereditary bleeding disorders. Visit the Camp Bold Eagle page of HFM for information including camp dates and how to apply.
For many years, Pioneer Trails has been the host site for this Harbor Hospice program. Any child who has experienced the death of a loved one can apply for Camp Courage. Planned activities help the children recall and preserve memories in a safe and secure environment. Visit the Camp Courage website for more information.
Camp Shout Out
Camp Shout Out brings together youth with fluency disorders, speech-language pathologists, and graduate students, guided by Board Certified Specialists-Fluency (BCS-F) to learn, teach and empower each other to become more competent communicators and therapists in a safe, fun and natural environment. Visit the camp website to learn more about Camp Shout Out.
Pioneer Trails is approximately 17 miles from the city of Muskegon and 13 miles from Fremont. The address is 1421 East Fruitvale Road.
Your contributions make a difference! Pioneer Trails is a division of Pioneer Resources, a tax-exempt charitable organization. View our Give Page to learn how you can invest in our efforts to bring an outdoor experience to people of all abilities.
Past Pioneer Trails Supporters
A special thank you to those who have generously supported Pioneer Trails in the past:
• Muskegon Chapter Ambucs
• Community Foundation for Muskegon County
• Fremont Area Community Foundation
• Muskegon Area Intermediate School District
• The William Munroe Friends of the Disabled Fund
• The Richard and Dora Hain Fund
• The Otta and Alma Seyferth Trust
• The Freeman Foundation
• KL Industries
• Grand Haven Community Foundation