Highlights: 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 and surfing. 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.
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 10 is spent heading for the California Coast. We’ll check out tide pools, lighthouse views, and play beach games along the way.
Day 12: Surf day! We’ll spend the day learning to surf or improving our skills. We contract with a leading surf instruction company to provide your child with the best possible instruction.
Day 13: We’ll be spending the day in San Francisco, seeing the city’s most famous sites. We’ll ride the cable cars, take pictures at Lombard Street, and maybe get a free sample of chocolate at the Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory!
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.
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“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!”