Lasting Adventures is excited to offer the Yosemite Leadership Expedition! This 28-day Yosemite wilderness summer camp is geared toward youth 14-18 years old looking for an adventure beyond the ordinary summer camp. Learn all the skills needed to plan, prep and guide your own backpacking trips along with the skills to be an effective leader whether you’re walking in the woods or working on a project in school. 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.
The Yosemite Leadership Expedition is a 28-day intensive backpacking trip focused on building effective leadership skills for youth to apply in both a backcountry and front country setting. Participants will spend the first week of the course at base camp at the Wawona Campground within Yosemite National Park. Here, they will learn the principles of expedition culture while taking courses to earn their Wilderness First Aid and Leave No Trace certifications. Beginning the second week, participants will begin applying their knowledge as the expedition sets out backpacking toward Yosemite along many of the same routes as the original pioneers in the 1800’s. As participants “discover” Yosemite they will continue to participate in leadership and team building activities while learning the hard skills of backpacking including tarp shelter construction, fire building, stove use, plant and animal ID, Yosemite geology and biology as well as various journaling and leadership debriefings. During the final week of the trek, the group will be deep in the Yosemite wilderness where they will slowly be given autonomy to collectively choose routes and guide themselves with facilitation and advice from LA guides. As a culmination of the skills learned, the final days will be completely guided by participants while LA guides are out of sight both ahead and behind the group for assistance only.
By the end of the end of the expedition, participants will have been trained in, and utilized, both the logistical and practical aspects of backpacking expeditions as well as the skills needed for effective leadership and teamwork.