Expedition Multi-Sport Sly Park - 7th to 9th - Expedition

Our weeklong multi-sport expedition camp lets 7th – 9th graders of all levels explore the magic of Sly Park in El Dorado County, California, taking on a range of adventure sports by day and camping under the stars by night. Located just southwest of Lake Tahoe, Jenkinson Lake serves as the backdrop of this spectacular park. Featuring lush forests, miles of trails, and breathtaking scenery, it’s a perfect spot for adventures.

We call the camp “multi-sport” because every day offers up a new sport for kids to try, from hiking, biking, and climbing on land to white water rafting, canoeing, kayaking, and stand up paddleboarding on the water. They’ll also hone their camping skills as they set up and maintain the campsite they’ll call home throughout the week.

Building solid know-how in everything from cooking outdoors to practicing Leave no Trace and improving teamwork skills, 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, one that imparts confidence and independence that lasts long after the expedition ends.

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The Week's Adventures

White Water Rafting

Hiking

Mountain Biking

Stand Up Paddleboarding

Camping

Teambuilding

Rock Climbing

Kayaking

Rafting day offers campers plenty of practice paddling through rapids, learning to stay safe on the water and working as a team to navigate their raft.

Hiking trails wind through the park’s meadows and along its shoreline, offering campers an abundance of beautiful routes. As they hike, they’ll learn more about their environment, appreciating the flora and fauna they encounter and internalizing the principles of Leave No Trace.

Campers at every level will hone their mountain biking skills, getting familiar with technique, safety and equipment as they traverse Sly Park’s scenic trails. Campers may be divided into smaller groups based on biking ability.

We help kids build core strength and good balance atop paddleboards as they play games, master proper strokes, practice rescue techniques and maneuver their boards through Jenkinson Lake.

Campers will set up their own campsite away from home, learning the ins and outs of camping as they sleep in tents, cook meals outdoors and maintain a tidy space. In their expedition group of no more than thirteen campers, they’ll play games, tell stories and bond around the campfire, making memories and forging lasting friendships.

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.

Campers will take on a range of rock types, styles and levels of difficulty in stunning natural settings as they explore knobs, domes and cliffs for an exciting 4-6 hours per day. They will get familiar with all climbing equipment and learn new techniques like flagging a big move, smearing a slab, mastering a crack and heel hooking an arête.

Campers will paddle through the secluded coves of Jenkinson Lake, learning flat-water skills like getting familiar with equipment, safety, proper paddle strokes, and wet exits. They will also tap into their teamwork skills while playing exciting games out on the water.

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
Breakfast
8:15 AM
Self & Group Care
9 AM
Adventure #1
Noon
Lunch
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
Dinner
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 expedition multi-sport adventure – where to go, what to bring, camp photo links – is waiting for you in our Pre-Camp Guide.

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WE TAKE SAFETY SERIOUSLY

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.

OUR APPROACH TO SAFETY