20 Days

Challenge Factor




Meeting Location

Tuolumne Meadows
12 pm





Highlights: Yosemite NP, Lassen-Volcanic NP, Lake Tahoe, Sequoia/Kings Canyon NP, White Water Rafting, Kayaking, Stand Up Paddle-boarding, and Guided Rock-Climbing. Our unique 20-Day California Van-based High Adventure Summer Camp is designed for participants ages 13-18 who have a passion for the outdoors. On this trip participants experience three different wilderness areas by backpacking, and have the opportunities to take part in side activities such as white water rafting, stand up paddle-boarding, kayaking and a full-day of rock-climbing instruction. Over the course of the three weeks they are together, our groups form lifelong bonds, growing as individuals and as a team.

Most trips have an opportunity to summit a major peak and/or partake in some incredible sunsets among spectacular geological formations. Risk-taking and challenges, complimented by fun and support from others, lead to a positive adventure for all.

Check Out the Summer Camp Experience!


This is a Sample Itinerary only.

Day 1-5: Meet your Guides/Counselors between 12-1 pm on day 1. Get acquainted with the group and with gear, then have a group orientation and begin your first backpack in Yosemite National Park. Explore the highest elevations in the park and discover hidden alpine lakes and waterfalls. Some trips will have the opportunity to go to the summit of Half Dome. On Day 5, head down into Yosemite Valley for a night in one of the most famous places in the world.

Day 6: On Day 6 we’ll head North out of Yosemite National Park, towards the American River for a day of incredible whitewater rafting. Tonight we’ll camp somewhere along the way to Lassen National Park.

Day 7-10: Today we’ll begin a 4-day backpacking trip in Lassen National Park. This trip is all about geology; you’ll see all 4 types of volcano, and explore some of the best wilderness in the Sierra Nevada.

Day 11: Day 11 is spent heading for and exploring Lake Tahoe. We’ll check out famous points around the lake such as North Lake, Emerald Bay, South Lake, Cave Rock, and Sand Harbor. Camping will be at one of the State Parks around the lake as permitting allows.

Day 12: Lake Day! We’ll spend the day enjoying and relaxing at one of the famous beaches along the southern shores of Tahoe while also experiencing stand up paddle-boarding and kayaking.

Day 13: Climbing Day! Today we will partner with a local rock climbing specialist near Tahoe for some basic and intermediate climbing instruction and rappelling on the granite walls that are prominent around the Lake Tahoe basin.

Day 14: We’ll spend today driving to Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks. When we get there we’ll take a hike through the giant sequoia forest, where we’ll see the largest tree in the world!

Day 15-19: Enjoy a backpacking trip in the Sierra Nevada’s best kept secret: the wilderness of Sequoia/Kings Canyon. On Day 19, we’ll pack up and begin our trip back up to Yosemite for pickup.

Day 20: Welcome back! Exchange emails and phone numbers with your fellow campers, eat a celebratory end-of-trip pizza lunch, and head home.


Note: Remember this is only a sample itinerary and all activities are pending us gaining the necessary permits.

Other: On all of our summer camps, we have a daily circle time in the morning where youth engage in group games, share highlights, offer praise and encouragement to each other, stretch, review maps and daily 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. As with all our Yosemite summer camp programs, additional outdoor skills are gained as we practice Leave No Trace principles and promote environmental stewardship throughout the length of our trip.

Our Adventure Van programs begins in Tuolumne Meadows at 12 pm on Sundays and ends at 12 pm at the Curry Village Pizza Patio on Friday.

Scholarship Application – Every youth deserves this opportunity!


“Great people, great guides. Overall great everything. One of the coolest experiences of my life. I had the most incredible time backpacking.”

“They really enjoyed the counselors, exploring Yosemite and being out in nature for a glorious 6 days.”

“My 15 year old son just got home today from backpacking with Lasting Adventures for 6 days in Yosemite and he was full of enthusiasm over the trip!”

Cancellation Policy

Multi-Day Adventures/Summer Camps Cancellation Policy

The following cancellation policy is only for trips booked directly through our official website, lastingadventures.com. If you have booked via a third-party website, such as The Clymb, TripAdvisor Experiences/Viator, or bookyogaretreats.com, the below policy does not apply, and you are held to the third-party’s cancellation policy.

If you cancel or leave a multi-day trip for any reason:

  • More than 90 days prior to the trip start date, we will grant you a full refund. (*Exception: our Lodging/Hiking package has a $100 non-refundable processing fee per room booked.)
  • Between 90 and 61 days prior to the trip start date, we will you a full refund minus a $50/person processing fee.
  • Between 60 and 46 days prior to the trip start date, we will retain 25 percent of the trip cost. You may also take a non-refundable credit of the full value paid.
  • Between 45 and 31 days prior to the trip start date, we will retain 50 percent of the trip cost. You may also take a non-refundable credit of the full value paid.
  • Less than 31 days prior to the trip start date, or once the trip has begun, there will be no refund or credit.
  • There will be no cost for cancellations for trips we are unable to run due to closures and/or restrictions by government officials. We will make departure determinations for trips 7 days in advance of the departure date. Refunds for trips not able to be run will be processed within 5 days of the intended departure date and can only be processed back to the original payment method used for the current trip. 
    • Exception: We may make this determination 15 days in advance for Lodging Packages. 
    • Any portion of a trip purchased with a credit from a previous year will revert back to a credit.
    • Due to the difficulties of running seasonal programs, a lost season can affect us greatly. We appreciate any of our customers that would choose to take a lifetime, transferable credit for the value paid of their trip, should the trip not be able to operate due to government restrictions.
  • Final payments on multi-day trips are automatically processed/due at 30 days in advance of the trip. Any new multi-day booking made at/within 45-days in advance will be required to pay in full.
    • Exception: Final payments are due at least 45 days in advance for our Lodging/Hiking package.
  • For our Summer Camps, due to COVID-19 in 2021 participants must have a responsible party available within 6 hours of Yosemite Valley for pickup in case of emergency. 
  • If we determine that a trip should be pulled or cancelled mid-way through the trip (for example, due to unhealthy smoke levels or other circumstances outside our control, we will provide a credit for the unused portion of the trip.

Important Notice

Recreational Summer Camp

Lasting Adventures only operates non-therapeutic, recreational summer camp programs. Lasting Adventures does not employ professional therapists or mental health counselors, and our outdoor educators are not trained in any form of therapy or drug rehabilitation. 

It is important that all participants considering a trip with Lasting Adventures are comfortable with and have experience being away from home/parents for the duration of the trip; have some level of regular physical fitness; and have a personal desire to be on the trip. Although nearly all our participants are ready for a backpacking trip, should a participant not be prepared (either mentally, emotionally, or physically), they may be removed from the trip at any time. No refunds will be given in these cases and an extraction fee may be charged.

Please make sure your child is ready for their adventure by:

  • preparing them physically (training hikes if not already involved in regular activities)
  • emotionally (giving them experience being away from home in a less-committed setting)
  • and mentally (making sure they have buy-in and want to be on the trip)

Dietary Constraints

Although we are able to accommodate many specific dietary constraints and choices, we prepare foods in a facility with peanuts, gluten, soy, and other major allergens, and are not certified as an ‘allergen-free’ facility. We take steps to limit the risk of cross-contamination, but we cannot guarantee that foods we prepare will be fully free of major allergens.




No offerings in 2021
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*All dates above have spaces available unless otherwise indicated.


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