Expedition Backpacking Oregon - 7th to 9th - Expedition

Built for 7th – 9th graders looking for a backcountry experience, our weeklong camp in the Oregon Backcountry is ideal for beginning backpackers and expedition enthusiasts alike. 

In a tight-knit group of up to 13 campers and 2 skilled, supportive instructors, expedition backpackers will spend up to six hours hiking per day and exploring spectacular terrain. Routes may include longer hike days and also “layover” days where campers get an opportunity to carry light day packs on excursions to nearby peaks or high alpine lakes. Throughout the week, they’ll make 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, use backpacking best practices, hone their interpersonal skills, and develop an increased appreciation for the natural world.

Away from the comforts of home, this camp fortifies kids with self-reliance, imparting the skills and confidence they need to fuel many future journeys—and even lead your family’s next outdoor adventure.

PRICING

Camp Length One Week
Price $995

Add Ons  
None Available To minimize Covid risks we are not renting gear in 2021.
Packing lists and gear purchase options will be provided.

CAMP DETAILS

GRADES

Entering 7th-9th

Hours

1-Week Session
Sunday Check-In, 10:00 AM
Friday Check-Out, 3:00 PM

CAMPS

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Location Grades Dates
Expedition Backpacking 7th-9th #OREX061321-1W Expedition Program, OR 7th - 9th 06/13/21 - 06/18/21 Register Now
Expedition Backpacking 7th-9th #OREX062721-1W Expedition Program, OR 7th - 9th 06/27/21 - 07/02/21 Register Now
Expedition Backpacking 7th-9th #OREX071821-1W Expedition Program, OR 7th - 9th 07/18/21 - 07/23/21 Register Now
Expedition Backpacking 7th-9th #OREX080121-1W Expedition Program, OR 7th - 9th 08/01/21 - 08/06/21 Register Now
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The Week's Adventures

Gear Management

Backcountry Cooking

Expedition Skills

Teambuilding

Campers will get familiar with the equipment they need for backpacking—from compact cooking, cleaning and sleeping gear to camping basics like bear protocols and water treatment systems—learning how to set it all up, break it all down and pack it efficiently. They’ll spend each day’s hike with their gear on their backs, experiencing the empowerment that comes with carrying everything they need for the week on their own.

Camping in the woods means cooking and eating in the woods, and campers learn everything that entails, from menu execution to food storage to safely filling and lighting a camp stove. Backpackers will take turns cooking and cleaning up energy-packed meals for the group.

As they explore and adventure, campers will practice important interpersonal skills like communication, problem solving and teamwork. They’ll gain experience leading as they guide the rest of their group on a hike, and spend some time alone reflecting during a structured “solo” experience in the woods. Coupled with their other adventures, these experiences push their limits, build their confidence and give them a sense of independence that lasts well beyond the camp week.

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
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 backpacking 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