I am organizing a crew to do the Manistee Quest trip, a five-day four-night backpacking trip through a portion of the Manistee National Forest in western Michigan -- it's a program organized through Camp Owassipe, the Chicago Area Council's scout camp. I am using the Backpacking merit badge requirements to structure the preparation for the quest.
The BP merit badge calls for three 15-mile, 3-day, 2-campsite trips (in addition to the 30 miler, which the Quest trip will satisfy). Does anyone have any suggestions for places to go within a reasonable distance from Chicago? Say, 150 miles?
I'm already scheduled to do something in the Kettle Moraine State Park, on the Ice Age Trail, which is in southern Wisconsin, about 100 miles away.
I would like to find something else good for backpacking that would satisfy the merit badge requirement for the shorter hikes.
Any ideas will be much appreciated.