Camp Hiawatha was opened in 1967 on property formally known as Wolfe's Lodge. There were several small cabins and a larger lodge on the "family side" and little else. The "camp side" was nothing but trees, brush and ferns as tall at the campers. The first campers that summer faced a real challenge. No electricity, telephones, running water and very little shelter.
Today Camp Hiawatha is 800 acres and encircles Bunting Lake, a 60 acre lake in the middle of Hiawathaland National Forest in the heart of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The closest towns are Chatham and Munising, Michigan. But the only noises that campers hear are the resident loons, whispering pines and the laughter of Boy Scouts.
Camp Hiawatha's "camping side" is where Boy Scout Summer Camp, Cub Scout Resident Camp, Wood Badge and other council events are held. Eight large, developed campsites are available, each with their own flush toilets and sinks, water supply, fire ring, flag pole and 2-6 permanent cooking/dining shelters. A central shower house is also available. The Camp Service Building contains the leaders lounge and administration offices, quartermaster, commissary, and trading post. Adjacent to this is the parade field and the Doc Jewel Pavilion. The Health Lodge is located near the lake and provides 24 hour care staffed by medical professionals. Youth staff is housed nearby in recently built cabins. Safely tucked in the hills is the newly built shooting sports facility -thanks to the generosity of the U.P. Whitetails Association and the Weatherby Foundation.
The "family side" of Camp Hiawatha contains cabins for adult staff and cabins to rent, as well as a shower house.
Camp is inspected by the local health department, the Family Independence Agency and the BSA National Visitation Team to ensure that Camp Hiawatha is providing the best for our campers. Camp is staffed by trained and certified directors and a full adult and youth staff that strive to make the Camp Hiawatha Experience safe, educational, fun and memorable.