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Joshua Tree Winter Camps

Joshua Tree Winter Camps Overview

New in Winter 2023/2024, Lasting Adventures is offering a popularly requested Winter backpacking camp in Joshua Tree National Park! These 5-day youth backpacking trips for teens ages 13 to 17 lead our adventurers through the heart of Joshua Tree National Park.

Our Joshua Tree camp participants are outfitted with the best equipment from Gregory Packs, Big Agnes sleeping bags, and other outstanding partners. The primary goal of our Joshua Tree winter youth programs is to provide unforgettable experiences that connect each child with nature, themselves, and the world around them.

Throughout our teen outdoor adventure camps, participants will travel into the wilderness of Joshua Tree National Park. This impressive landscape features a variety of unique plant and animal life, geologic features, and evidence of the park’s human history dating back to its early inhabitants. Our camps feature teambuilding and leadership opportunities beginning on day 1 and entertaining games, stories and riddles on the trail. Your child will have the opportunity to learn about this fascinating landscape and it’s history, as well as practice camping and backpacking skills, develop an appreciation for the natural world, and gain independence and leadership skills that will serve them for the rest of their lives.

On most trips, our campers stay in a frontcountry campground the first night to get sorted, practice packing their packs, and enjoy some time getting to know their leaders and groupmates. On the first morning, they start their backpacking trip from a wilderness trailhead. Most days are spent with 3-5 hours on trail, an hour lunch break at a scenic vista, and plenty of time in camp for games, cooking meals, or learning experientially about geology or another fascinating local topic. Some trips will have the opportunity for a ‘layover’ day in camp where the group will practice skills, venture out on a day hike to a nearby peak, or take time for quiet reflection. Joshua Tree is known for its outstanding sunsets, and every group will have the opportunity to watch the sky and rocks light up in shades of pink, orange and red from a viewpoint after dinner. For our youth camps in Joshua Tree, inspiration, passion and life skills are the paramount takeaways.

The primary mission of our outdoor camps is to foster environmental stewardship, teach responsible recreation, and provide opportunity for personal growth through the facilitation of impactful wilderness experiences. Through our nonprofit scholarship program, we also seek to provide disadvantaged youth, families, and communities the opportunity to experience America’s National Parks, regardless of their economic standing. In addition to unique individual backgrounds and certifications, our outdoor educators are trained in Adventure Based Programming, which challenges participants to improve their sense of self-esteem, worth, and confidence. Campers participate in daily goal-setting, group activities, and debriefing (usually mixed in with marshmallows around the campfire), all done within an environment of fun and support. All participants also learn basic backpacking skills, wilderness ethics, wilderness appreciation and Leave No Trace principles. Along with creating lasting memories, our goal is for participants to finish their adventure with a greater knowledge and appreciation of themselves, the world at large, and the environments around them.

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