Built for 7th – 8th graders looking for a small group, backcountry experience, this weeklong expedition is ideal for beginning backpackers and expedition enthusiasts alike.
In a tight-knit group of 10 campers, supported by two skilled instructors, expedition backpackers will spend up to six hours hiking and exploring spectacular terrain in the great outdoors. Routes may include longer hike days and also possible “layover” days where campers get an opportunity to carry lighter day packs for excursions to nearby destinations like peaks or alpine lakes. Throughout the week, they’ll set up camp in picturesque places, pitching tents and cooking meals together on backcountry stoves. They’ll learn to adapt to a range of weather conditions and environments, understand and use backpacking best practices, hone their interpersonal skills, and develop a deeper appreciation for the natural world.
The purpose of this adventure is simple. While disconnecting from technology and screens, this expedition allows campers to connect with their fellow backpackers and with the incredible beauty that surrounds them. Away from the comforts of home, this Expedition fortifies kids with self-reliance, imparting the skills and confidence they need to fuel many future journeys—outdoors and beyond.