Yosemite Outdoor Summer Camps

Yosemite Outdoor Summer Camps Overview

Our outdoor summer camps, also known as the Yosemite High Country Adventure youth backpacking trips, are our specialty. We offer a 6-day summer adventure camp for kids 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 Yosemite Adventure Summer Camp Mission

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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6-Day High Country Adventure

6-Day High Country Adventure

  • Camp 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
13-Day High Country Youth Program

13-Day High Country Youth Program

  • Camp 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 6 Day Summer Youth Programs

Young Adventurer’s 6 Day Summer Youth Programs

  • Camp 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 Adventure Program

Young Women’s Adventure Program

  • Camp Highlights: 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 Training Program

Junior Guide Training Program

  • Camp Highlights: 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

Yosemite Leadership Expedition

  • Camp Highlights: This 28-day Yosemite experience is geared toward youth 14-18 years old looking for a wilderness experience beyond the ordinary summer camp. The course focuses on backpacking and leadership skills as participants “discover” Yosemite along many of the same paths as early Yosemite pioneers.
  • Average Miles: 100-120 miles
  • Ages: 14-18

Skyline to Sea Trail- Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Skyline to Sea Trail- Big Basin Redwoods State Park

  • Camp Highlights: 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