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Yosemite Outdoor Summer Camps

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Our outdoor summer camp, also known as the Yosemite High Country Adventure youth backpacking trips, are our specialty. We offer a 6-day program for younger participants ages 11-13, and a choice of a 6-day or 13-day program for youth ages 13-17. Our goals include providing unforgettable experiences that intimately connects each youth with nature, themselves, and the greater world around them.

Throughout the outdoor summer camp, participants will be guided along some of the most famous trails and to the top of some of the most iconic passes and peaks within Yosemite National Park. Our experienced leaders have an extensive knowledge of the Yosemite backcountry. In addition to taking our participants to many of the famous locations, our leaders will also guide participants to lesser known areas that we have found over the years such as off-the-trail high alpine lakes (where fish are plentiful), backcountry waterfalls, alpine meadows, spectacular vistas, watering holes, upon polished granite, and during some amazing sunsets. On most trips, we backpack every day but one (a layover day and location is usually agreed upon by the team) and we are on the trail for an average of 3-5 hours. Most of our trips go from a higher elevation to a lower elevation and throughout the experience we take our time, take in the views, and break at awesome watering holes. Yet, viewing the Yosemite backcountry is only one of the many outcomes that occur on these trips.

Our primary mission for our outdoor summer camp is to use the natural environment and outdoor activities to teach participants the necessary skills and attitudes for living successful lives. We also strive to foster an appreciation for the wilderness, nature, and the world around us. In addition to unique individual backgrounds and certifications, our leaders are all trained in Adventure Based Programming. Through Adventure Based Programming, participants will be challenged to improve their sense of self-esteem, self-worth, and self-confidence. Participants will participate in daily goal setting, group activities and debriefing (usually mixed in with marshmallows around the campfire.) This is all done within an environment of fun and support. All participants will also learn basic backpacking skills, wilderness ethics, wilderness appreciation and engage in Leave No Trace principals. Along with creating lasting memories, it is our goal that participants will finish this adventure with a greater knowledge of themselves, the world, and the environment around them.

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As Featured in Outside Magazine:
“Best Backpacking Summer Camp in The West”

“The Yosemite High Country makes for a wild playground on Lasting Adventure’s six-day backpacking trips for youth 11 to 18.” Link to the Article

2017 Outdoor Summer Camp Programs

Please Note: All sessions have space if available on our online registration.

Yosemite High Country Adventure 6-Day

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      • Trip Highlights:
        Our flagship program for youth ages 13-18. Most trips generate from Tuolumne Meadows, and all include amazing Yosemite backcountry adventures that are sure to last a lifetime. This program runs weekly from Sundays to Fridays and Mondays to Saturdays

Average Miles: 25-35 miles
Ages: 13-18

Yosemite High Country Adventure 13-Day

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      • Trip Highlights:
        The common response after a 6-day program is that they want more! Our 13-day program capitalizes on this while providing even closer connections to the natural world around us and a greater development of our team in the backcountry.

Average Miles: 60-70 miles
Ages: 13-18

Young Adventurer’s Program 6-Day

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    • Trip Highlights:
      Our Young Adventurer’s 6 day program is geared towards younger participants ages 11-13. Participants will engage in a mix of front-country and back-country camping in and around the Yosemite high country.

Average Miles: 20-25 miles
Ages: 11-13

Young Women’s 13-Day Adventure Program

      • Our 13 day Young Women’s Adventure Program is aimed at instilling confidence and leadership skills to the next generation of female adventurers and entrepreneurs while teaching the practical skills of backpacking and outdoor safety.

Average Miles: 60-70 miles
Ages: 14-18

Junior Guide Program 13-Day

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      • The Lasting Adventures Junior Guide Program is a one-of-a-kind outdoor leadership program designed for youth pursuing passions and/or careers in the outdoor industry. Participants will be engaged in a 13 day training in a mix of the front and back-country of Yosemite where they will gain invaluable outdoor and customer service skills.

Average Miles: 50-70 miles
Ages: 15-18

Yosemite Leadership Expedition 28-Day

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      • This 28-day Yosemite experience is geared toward youth 14-18 years old looking for a wilderness experience beyond the ordinary summer camp. This course will focus on backpacking and leadership skills as participants “discover” Yosemite along many of the same paths as early Yosemite pioneers beginning in Wawona.

Average Miles: 100-120 miles
Ages: 14-18

Skyline to Sea Trail- South of San Francisco 6-Day

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      • People come from all over the world to hike the incredible Skyline to Sea Trail that wanders 25 miles through California Redwood groves, old growth forests, along babbling brooks and past amazing waterfalls while showcasing stellar views of the Pacific Ocean.

Average Miles: 25-30 miles
Ages: 13-18

Lasting Adventures recognizes that ALL youth can benefit from the outdoor adventures we provide. Furthermore, we strive to provide these opportunities to those youth who might otherwise be disadvantaged and unable to participate because of cost. Should you want to request a scholarship please complete a Scholarship Application.

Trips do not include transportation to and from Yosemite National Park, yet Lasting Adventures, Inc. will provide information to assist in coordinating carpools. For a map to where we meet in Tuolumne Meadows or Yosemite Valley; visit the Youth Summer Camp section on our FAQ page.

All efforts will be made to schedule participants with like ages. Please note that each trip has a minimum requirement of eight participants. Lasting Adventures, Inc. reserves the right to cancel a trip based on lack of sign-ups. In this case an option of rescheduling or refund will be made available.