Custom Programming


Do it your way!
Whether you're looking for a way to spice up the company picnic, you want to  help advance a group of Scouts or want to make an international adventure out of the family reunion, a custom outing with The Northwest Passage is the answer. Anything from consultation to an express flight to the North Pole, our custom adventures are limited only by your imagination. Since 1983 we have worked with local park districts and multimillion dollar corporations, families, ski clubs, high schools and outdoor retailers to create the perfect group adventure. Our dedication to high quality custom adventures has earned us a long list of satisfied clients.

Let us help make your adventure dreams a reailty. 

Learn more about our Scouting programs here. 

What people are saying:

“We were very, very pleased with The Northwest Passage approach to our Boundary Waters trip. The guides – Jon and Connor were skilled, professional, experienced and patient with our Boy Scouts. We’ll be back!” - Paul Troop #210

“I was very satisfied. The entire outing went a lot smoother than I had anticipated. It was fun." - Emily A. McGaw YMCA

“Speaking personally, I loved everything about it. It was easy to do, so gorgeous out so fun to see the girls all over maneuvering their kayaks I could have stayed out for days.” - Amy M. Girl Scout Troop #284

"Yes! I really enjoyed the outing as did everyone else. People from The Northwest Passage walked us through every step of the way." -Sarah M.Center for Cultural Exchange

 Fantastic, they worked well with the age groups and encouraged everyone to be positive.” - David Troop 9

 “100% Satisfied. My scouts want to make it an annual event!” - Barbara G.S. Troop 499

 “We found both staff persons from The Northwest Passage to be pleasant, friendly, knowledgeable. Seeing the deer and blue heron and feeling so far away from city/suburban life even though we’d only driven 15 minutes from home.” - Beth  G.S. Troop 424

 “Thank you very much for such a very special experience. I didn’t realize until I was home, that a major reason I enjoyed myself so much is because I felt safe and comfortable the entire time. I felt comfortable because I felt safe, I felt safe because you three are so competent.”- Melanie and Alex Apostle Islands

“The best! The leaders were helpful, encouraging and thorough in safety checks and training. The boys want to climb with you again. You made it possible for even a first time climber to be successful.” - Nancy Troop 50

 “Thank you once again for your very informative, interesting, and animated presentation Tuesday evening!! The boys thoroughly enjoyed it and I believe, based on the questions you received that night and comments I received later, the parents did as well!!”- David  C.S. Pack 31

“We were extremely satisfied with the overall experience. We would definitely do it again, as well as recommend NWP to other organizations.” - Brian Mayor Daley’s Region 1 Youth Net

 “We had a lot of first-timers in our camp group. The staff was extremely good with our group. As always it was the highlight of the session. Our best part was the safety and security our 9-12 year olds felt with the staff.” - Karen Evanston Ecology Center

 “I was greatly impressed with the overall handling of our short notice request to put together our day trip. Communication was excellent and everything went off without a hitch. … Thank you for taking pride in what you do and for doing it exceptionally well.” - Alison The Winter Club

 “Also, many thanks to our tour guides, they were a riot! Thanks again, I'm sure someone will be calling for another trip next year.” - Erika  

"Just wanted to thankNorthwest Passagefor a wonderful experience yesterday.  I put together a Kayak outing for our Church, Winnetka Presbyterian, from3:30 - 5:30.  Neil and Liz led us through the Skokie Lagoons on a perfect fall day.  They were exceptional - the entire group enjoyed this experience so much I just had to let you all know.  From the moment I called and spoke toNancy and made the reservation, through our day yesterday your organization is top notch.  Everyone was so friendly, patient, knowledgeable and enthusiastic - thanks for the great time.  We will be calling again next year!" - Nanc

Over the years our dedication to high-quality custom adventures has earned us a long list of satisfied clients.  The Northwest Passage has created customized adventures for

Active Endeavors

Arlington Heights Park District

Baker Demonstration School

Chicago Adventure Therapy

Chicago Highlife Adventures

Chicago Park District

Chicago Public Schools

Evanston Ecology Center


Deerfield Park District

Glencoe Park District

Indian Hills Ski Club

Lake Arlington AHPD

Lake Forest Park District

Lake Forest Open Lands

Lasalle Partners

Loyola Academy

Loyola University

Merrill Lynch




Northwestern University

Outside Magazine


The Sierra Club

Uncle Dan’s Outfitters

Wilmette Park District

Winnetka Park District

Winter Club

 and many other companies, organizations, and private groups.