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Scout Trips

Custom Backpacking & Camping Trips for Scouts

Lasting Adventures was founded by an Eagle Scout who was forever changed through his scouting experience. Lasting Adventures offers custom outdoor adventure packages at discounted rates for scout groups of eight or more.

National parks provide a dramatic landscape on our guided outdoor adventures for both Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops. Through a 3- to 7-day custom-built adventure, youth will participate in adventure activities, fun games, and the experiential learning cycle within some of America’s most favorite National Parks. In Yosemite, routes can include hiking beside raging waterfalls or through lush meadows beside glacier-carved valleys. Yosemite also offers side hikes to the summits of major Yosemite icons such as Half Dome, Clouds Rest, El Capitan, or Mount Dana. Olympic routes can vary from dynamic coastal beach experiences to lush rainforests and high alpine lakes. Or join us in the winter months in Joshua Tree, the land of Extremes.

Hiking four to five hours a day, scouts have extra time daily to enjoy their natural surroundings while also learning basic backpacking skills, wilderness ethics, leadership, and LNT principles. Participants will actively engage in daily activities that are: Significant, Challenging, Supportive, and Fun!

Our Founder's Experience

As a Boy Scout, Scott was introduced to backpacking and a deeper personal connection with nature, by positive role-models and adults within the Scouting organization. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout just before his 18th birthday. His time in the Boy Scouts bolstered an even stronger affinity for the wild, and provided him with a community to act as a “bridge over troubled waters” through the loss of his only parent.

Scott Gehrman, Founder & Eagle Scout

Program Locations

Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National park is where Lasting Adventures began. Home to towering waterfalls, gigantic rock faces, and peaceful meadows, Yosemite has a variety of opportunities for exploring the strength of granite, the power of glaciers, the persistence of life, and the tranquility of the High Sierra.
Olympic National Park
Diversity is the hallmark of Olympic National Park. Over nearly a million acres, the park protects a vast wilderness, thousands of years of human history, and several distinctly different ecosystems, including glacier-capped mountains, old-growth temperate rainforests, and over 70 miles of wild coastline.
Sequoia - Kings Canyon National Park
These parks are characterized by extremes. Deep gorges lie next to the largest mountains in the contiguous United States. In the foothills, vast caverns, and the world’s largest trees demonstrate the diversity found here. Not as well known as Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon offer opportunities for remote backpacking trips and camping adventures all along the Western Sierra.
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Lassen Volcanic National Park is home to wildflower studded meadows, colorful steaming fumaroles, all four types of volcanoes, and plenty of crystal clear lakes. The explosive history here is evident in the landscape. Camping and backpacking trips can take you to the summits of volcanoes and the shores of mountain lakes.
Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park exists at the junction between two different desert ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado. Here, in this strange landscape sculpted by strong winds and occasional torrential rains, lives a huge variety of plants and animals to discover. The wilderness experience here is augmented by dark night skies and a rich history. Joshua tree is a great place to explore on foot or by camping in one of the park's many campgrounds.
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Scout Trip Highlights

On all custom scout trips, we have a daily circle time in the morning where youth engage in group games, share highlights, offer praise to each other, stretch, review maps and day itineraries, and set individual and group goals for the day. Also, whether breaking on the trail or in the afternoon or evening in the campsite, our guides facilitate additional opportunities for youth to develop a personal connection with nature. Problem-solving and initiative games are common as are smiles. Additional outdoor skills are gained as we practice Leave no Trace principles and promote environmental stewardship throughout the length of the program.

Available: Year-round. Traditional backpacking and camping programs are available year-round depending on the park and program elevation. In Yosemite, Sequoia-Kings, Lassen/Volcanic, and Olympic National Parks, the typical backpacking season is late May to early October with winter programming available December-March. In Joshua Tree we can accommodate backpacking and camping requests November-May. Book early for prime summer weeks. Makes for the perfect weekend or extended weekend Scout outing in the Spring and Fall.

Got most of it handled on your own? Contact us also to discuss the option of just hiring one of our Guides to join your group and direct you to some of the best kept secrets in the backcountry. .

In collaboration with your troop leadership we can design a custom program that includes the following:

  1. Leave No Trace
  2. Leadership Skills and Team Building
  3. Group communication and problem-solving skills.
  4. Personal growth and development of interpersonal skills
  5. Backpacking skills, backcountry ethics, and environmental awareness.
  6. Skill Building and Merit Badges such as Backpacking, Camping, First Aid, Hiking, Orienteering, Wilderness Survival, and many others.
  7. Outdoor Awards such as: Firem’n Chit, Historic Trails, Fifty-Miler, Leave No Trace, and Conservation Good Turn.
  8. Other…?

Book Your Next Scout Trip

Interested in booking a private trip for your scout group? Please inquire using our Group/Organization Inquiry Form. We review and reply directly to group inquiries within three business days.

Everyone has a right to our beautiful public lands and should have the privilege to experience them. We strive to provide these opportunities to those who might otherwise be unable to participate because of cost. If your group or organization is interested in applying for financial assistance, please fill out the “Scholarship Details” section that is embedded in the Group/Organization Inquiry Form.

We look forward to talking to you more about the possibility of administering an Outdoor Adventure for your Scouting group. If you would like to speak to us personally, please do not hesitate in contacting us at 1-800-513-8651 or by email at

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