Olympic Youth Backpacking Camps

At Lasting Adventures, we’ve spent more than two decades developing the most empowering youth and teen summer camp experience in Yosemite, California. In 2020 we were  proud to expand this model and standard of quality to new environments including Washington’s Olympic National Park!

The Olympic Summer Camp Experience

Whether marveling at a shooting star, topping out an alpine crest, laughing with new friends around a campfire—the ultimate goal of our Olympic National Park summer camps is to share unforgettable moments in nature that inspire lifelong passions in youth and teens. Our program offers a 6-day Olympic Summer Camp for Children ages 11 to 13, a 6-day Coastal Adventure for Teens, a 6-Day Mountain Adventure for Teens, or 13-day Immersive Teen Adventure, and all offer some of the most stunning natural scenery America has to offer: iconic trails overlooking the rugged Pacific Ocean, surreal woodlands draped in lime-colored moss, and waterfalls gushing crystal clear snowmelt are just the shortlist—spectacular wilderness abounds all across the Olympic range. Olympic, Washington summer camps delve into the depths of the backcountry with insight and guidance from our experienced leaders, all of whom possess intimate knowledge of the surrounding environment. On most trips, we backpack every day but one (a layover day, location is usually agreed upon by the team), and we are on the trail for an average of four to six hours per day. Throughout the experience we take our time to enjoy the views and break at some pretty awesome watering holes. We come away with an enlightened understanding of the natural environment, an appreciation for ourselves, connections with new friends, and a passion for the outdoors to last a lifetime.

Our Backpacking Summer Camp Mission

The primary mission for our outdoor summer camp is to foster environmental stewardship, teach responsible recreation, and provide opportunity for personal growth through the facilitation of impactful wilderness experiences. Through our nonprofit scholarship program, we also seek to provide disadvantaged youth, families, and communities the opportunity to experience America’s National Parks, regardless of their economic standing. In addition to unique individual backgrounds and certifications, our outdoor educators are trained in Adventure Based Programming, which challenges participants to improve their sense of self-esteem, worth, and confidence. Campers participate in daily goal-setting, group activities, and debriefing (usually mixed in with marshmallows around the campfire), all done within an environment of fun and support. All participants also learn basic backpacking skills, wilderness ethics, wilderness appreciation and Leave No Trace principles. Along with creating lasting memories, our goal is for participants to finish their adventure with a greater knowledge and appreciation of themselves, the world at large, and the environments around them.

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CHECK OUT OUR OLYMPIC SUMMER CAMPS

OLYMPIC COASTAL ADVENTURE CAMP FOR TEENS

OLYMPIC COASTAL ADVENTURE CAMP FOR TEENS

OLYMPIC MOUNTAIN ADVENTURE CAMP FOR TEENS

OLYMPIC MOUNTAIN ADVENTURE CAMP FOR TEENS

AGE RANGE

13-18

MEETING LOCATION

Fairholme Campground

AGE RANGE

13-18

MEETING LOCATION

Sol Duc Hot Springs

6-DAY OLYMPIC COASTAL ADVENTURE

There is perhaps no other coastal environment as diverse as the Pacific Northwest. Our Olympic Coastal Teenage Adventure Camp showcases the majesty of this region, touring campers along trails that weave across beaches and up onto seaside cliffs for awe-striking views of the great Pacific. Designed for teens ages 13-18, this adventure focuses on skill-building, teamwork, leadership, and stewardship, using the coastal environment to inspire passions for the outdoors. Operating all summer—between June 12 and September 2—our coastal adventure takes advantage of summer’s inviting weather to showcase Olympic’s stunning sea stacks, bustling tide pools, and coastal rainforest. For teens wanting to experience a wild beach setting like none other on earth, the Coastal Adventure is the way to go!

6-DAY OLYMPIC MOUNTAIN ADVENTURE

Our Olympic Rainforest Teenage Adventure Camp is designed for teens ages 13-18 and explores one of America’s last-standing old-growth forests in Olympic National Park. This 6-day summer camp generally tours through the famous Sol Duc aquifer and the Seven Lakes Basin, though it sometimes takes place in the Staircase region depending on weather and conditions. Because this adventure uses areas of higher elevation than our Coastal Adventure, it is only operable after the snow thaws between mid-July and early-September. During these months, Olympic’s rainforest comes alive with stunning views, warmer temps, and spectacular flora and fauna. For teens looking to get wild in a jungle-like setting, it doesn’t get any better than the Rainforest Adventure!

OLYMPIC 13-DAY TEEN ADVENTURE CAMP

OLYMPIC 13-DAY TEEN ADVENTURE CAMP

OLYMPIC YOUNG ADVENTURERS CAMP

OLYMPIC YOUNG ADVENTURERS CAMP

AGE RANGE

13-18

MEETING LOCATION

Fairholme Campground

AGE RANGE

11-13

MEETING LOCATION

Fairholme Campground

13-DAY OLYMPIC TEEN ADVENTURE

Our 13-day Olympic Teenage Adventure Camp combines our coastal and rainforest adventures for nearly two weeks of skill-building and exploring immersed in Olympic National Park. Designed for teens ages 13-18, this camp begins on the coast, exploring sea caves and marine life along trails that weave on and off the beach. By the end of the journey, campers find themselves traversing the moss-covered terrain of the ancient old-growth forest. Our experienced outdoor educators, who are are trained specifically for the Olympic area, share their knowledge with participants as the group covers between 4 and 8 miles hiking each day. For teens looking to develop their outdoor skills by fully immersing in some of the world’s most majestic wilderness, the 13-day Olympic Teen Backpacking Adventure is the ultimate choice.

6-DAY OLYMPIC YOUNG ADVENTURERS

Our Olympic Young Adventurers Program for youth (ages 11-13) showcases the majesty of the Olympic region, touring campers along trails that weave across beaches or up onto high peaks. With guidance from our world-class outdoor educators, this adventure focuses on skill-building, teamwork, leadership, and stewardship, using the coastal and rainforest environment to inspire passions for the outdoors. Operating all summer—between June 12 and September 2—our Young Adventurers program takes advantage of summer’s inviting weather to showcase Olympic’s stunning peaks, beaches, and coastal rainforest. For children wanting to experience a fairytale forest like none other on earth, our Olympic Young Adventurers program is the best!