Expedition Multi-Sport 7th – 9th Grade in California

Our weeklong multi-sport expedition camp lets 7th – 9th graders of all skill levels explore the wonder of El Dorado County in northern California, tackling adventure sports during the day and camping under the stars at night. Located among the Sierra Nevada mountain range just southwest of Lake Tahoe, this location is known for being one of California’s most diverse recreation areas. Featuring extensive trails, lakes, rivers and lush forests, it’s a prime location for a week spent exploring the outdoors.

Our Multi-Sport Expedition Camp offers up a new sport for kids to try every day, from hiking, biking, rock climbing and team building on land to whitewater rafting, stand up paddleboarding and kayaking on the water. They’ll hone their camping skills as they set up base camp at Sly Park, work together to prepare the group’s meals throughout the week and assist with maintaining the campsite they’ll call home.

Building solid know-how in everything from outdoor stewardship to conflict resolution, campers will gain a newfound respect for the natural world and forge deep connections with their fellow campers. It’s an unforgettable experience full of opportunities to grow—an experience that imparts confidence and independence that lasts long after the expedition ends.


CAMP PRICING Price Per Session
Camp Price $1,365

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Sleeping bag & pad rental $20



Entering 7th-9th


One-week session, Sunday - Friday. Pick-up/drop-off times are available in the Pre-Camp guide.




Grades Dates
7th-9th Grade Expedition Multi-Sport CA Session 1 7th - 9th 06/14/20 - 06/19/20 Register Now
7th-9th Grade Expedition Multi-Sport CA Session 2 7th - 9th 06/21/20 - 06/26/20 Register Now
7th-9th Grade Expedition Multi-Sport CA Session 3 06/28/20 - 07/03/20 Join Waitlist
7th-9th Grade Expedition Multi-Sport CA Session 4 07/05/20 - 07/10/20 Join Waitlist
7th-9th Grade Expedition Multi-Sport CA Session 5 7th - 9th 07/12/20 - 07/17/20 Register Now
7th-9th Grade Expedition Multi-Sport CA Session 6 7th - 9th 07/19/20 - 07/24/20 Register Now
7th-9th Grade Expedition Multi-Sport CA Session 7 7th - 9th 07/26/20 - 07/31/20 Register Now
7th-9th Grade Expedition Multi-Sport CA Session 8 7th - 9th 08/02/20 - 08/07/20 Register Now
7th-9th Grade Expedition Multi-Sport CA Session 9 08/09/20 - 08/14/20 Join Waitlist
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The Week's Adventures

Whitewater Rafting


Stand Up Paddleboarding

Mountain Biking

Rock Climbing



In partnership with American Whitewater, campers will have a blast rafting on one of the more advanced parts of the American River, the Middle Fork. They’ll practice paddling techniques, learn safety and equipment basics and work together to navigate their crafts.

Our hikes get campers out onto the trails and into the varied landscape of El Dorado County, teaching them about flora, fauna and the principles of Leave No Trace as they explore and gain respect for the natural world.

Campers get to try their hands (and feet) at stand up paddleboarding! SUP builds core strength and good balance and is a fast-growing activity among all ages. While playing fun games, mastering proper paddle strokes and team building by practicing rescue techniques, campers get to hone in these skills that they can use throughout their lifetime.

Whether they’re first-time bikers or regular riders, we get campers familiar with mountain biking technique, safety and equipment on the of dedicated mountain bike trails of Fleming Meadow trail system within Eldorado National forest. Campers may be divided into smaller groups based on biking ability.

Led by their experienced instructors, campers of all levels will practice rock climbing the crags and walls of Auburn Quarry learning how to tackle routes on a range of difficulty levels. They will start by getting comfortable with their climbing equipment—helmets, harnesses, ropes, and belay devices—then learn proper climbing skills and techniques. 

Campers will learn to maintain a campsite, setting up and breaking down their equipment, keeping their space tidy and cooking meals in the backcountry. They’ll play games during downtime and swap stories around the campfire, building deep, lasting friendships with their fellow expedition-mates.

As they interact with their expedition-mates during the week—playing games, hanging out during downtime—campers will practice important interpersonal skills like communication, problem solving and teamwork.

Sample Schedule

Every camper’s schedule is a little different. However, to get an idea of a typical day, here’s our rough schedule:

7 AM
Rise and shine!
7:15 AM
Morning Circle
7:30 AM
8:15 AM
Self & Group Care
Adventure #1
12:45 PM
Siesta! & Relax
1:30 PM
Adventure #2 (or continuation of #1)
4:30 PM
Daily Debrief
5 PM
Hang Out & Bond
5:45 PM
Evening Circle
6:00 PM
6:45 PM
"Free Choice"
7:45 PM
Evening Activity & Campfire Chats
9:00 PM
Tent Time / Bedtime

Expedition Pre-Camp Guide

Already registered? All the information you need about your multi-sport expedition adventure – where to go, what to bring, camp photo links – is waiting for you in our Pre-Camp Guide.

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While no outdoor adventure is totally risk-free, we work hard to keep your kids safe. Every activity starts with a discussion about the risks involved -- what they are, how to prevent them, how to respond if something goes wrong -- so kids learn how to approach challenges with intelligence and skill.