Outdoor Backpacking Summer Camps

Lasting Adventures Summer Camps for Youth and Teens

Youth Summer Camps are the cornerstones of Lasting Adventures—they inspire heartfelt memories, build healthy friendships and instill a passion for nature that will last a child’s lifetime. Whether it’s a 6-day High Country Adventure, a 13-day submersion in the Sierras or a 27-day Junior Leadership Expedition, our #1-trusted summer camp programs set a stage for your child to experience nature’s most spectacular offerings in a controlled environment where education and fun are equally paramount.

Youth and Teen Summer Camps in Three National Parks

As the top-rated summer camp service in Yosemite, we’re expanding into new landscapes with youth and teen summer camp programs in Olympic National Park and Lassen Volcanic National Park. Featuring the same core focuses as our Yosemite summer camps, participants in these programs learn outdoor skills, Leave No Trace principles, relationship skills, and environmental ethics in some of the world’s most iconic and pristine wilderness. Find out more about our wilderness summer camp programs below and visit our Scholarships page for information on our non-profit scholarship funds.

Hit the Road with Lasting Adventures

Lasting Adventures is proud to offer national park backpacking trips on-the-go! Join us for a 20-day California High Adventure Road Trip through Yosemite National Park, Lassen National Park, and Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park, along with white water rafting and a day of surfing along the California coast!

“As a 14-year-old, this adventure gave me great insight to leadership skills that I shall endeavor to use in my future. It was great character building for me. Although I was apprehensive about going alone, I built friendships that should last a long time. It has also helped me to personally overcome my anxiety, and I believe that it will serve as a lasting positive experience that I can draw upon for the rest of my life. If you are questioning if you should sign your child up for such an endeavor take my word that they will not regret the experience, and thank you for the rest of their lives.” –TripAdvisor, July 2019

FILTER SUMMER CAMPS

Found 10 Trips:

Yosemite Summer Camp: 6-Day High Country Adventure

Yosemite Summer Camp: 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.
  • Average Miles: 25-35 miles
  • Ages: 13-18
6-Day Olympic Summer Camp

6-Day Olympic Summer Camp

  • Camp Highlights: Our flagship youth backpacking program is now in Olympic National Park! Explore the high country around Mount Olympus on this 6 day adventure.
  • Average Miles: 25-35 miles
  • Ages: 13-18
Young Adventurer’s Program: Summer Camp In Olympic National Park

Young Adventurer’s Program: Summer Camp In Olympic National Park

  • Camp Highlights: Experience 6 days of hiking among tide-pools and old-growth forests while looking for whales and sea otters. This program runs from Sundays to Fridays.
  • Average Miles: 15-25 miles
  • Ages: 11-13

Lassen High Country Adventure

Lassen High Country Adventure

  • Camp Highlights: Our flagship program for youth ages 13-18. Check out ancient cinder cones, bubbling mud pots, and vast mountain scenery. This program runs from Sundays to Fridays.
  • Average Miles: 25-35 miles
  • Ages: 13-18
Lassen Young Adventurer’s Program

Lassen Young Adventurer’s Program

  • Camp Highlights: Hike through and learn about the geological features of Lassen National Park on this incredible 6 day backpacking journey. Trips run from Sundays – Fridays.
  • Average Miles: 15-25 miles
  • Ages: 11-13
California Summer Camp: 20-Day High Adventure Road Trip

California Summer Camp: 20-Day High Adventure Road Trip

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

Yosemite Adventure Camp: 13-Day High Country Youth Program

Yosemite Adventure Camp: 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

27 Day Leadership Expedition

27 Day Leadership Expedition

  • Camp Highlights: This 27-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