Highlights: Our Young Adventurer’s 6 day Summer Youth Programs are designed for the younger participants, ages 11-13, who are both new or experienced backpackers. These summer youth adventure camps start at Staircase Ranger Station on Sundays and end back at Staircase Ranger Station on Fridays. These programs will offer shorter hiking distances and an introduction to camping, backpacking, and the outdoors while among the old growth forests and pristine rivers of Olympic National Park.
This is a Sample Itinerary only. Coming soon!
Day 1: Meet your Guides/Counselors at 12 pm. Get acquainted with the group and with gear. Have a group orientation and then hike to Spike Camp for the evening, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the coast along the way. Have fun with evening activities and a campfire to strengthen bonds, and have an introduction to the history of Olympic National Park.
Day 2: After morning circle time (stretches and goal setting) we will saddle our packs and continue the hike to the Nine Stream campsite, about 5.5 miles up the river.
Day 3: Now that packs are more comfortable, we’ll have a longer day, travelling 6 miles to the Upper Duckabush campsite. We will be practicing wilderness skills, including plant and animal identification, along the way.
Day 4: Today we’ll enjoy the Duckabush River for a while, before beginning our descent back towards the trailhead. We’ll camp along the North Fork of the Skokomish River at Two Bear campsite.
Day 5: After breakfast, pack up and head for Big Log campsite, searching for flora and fauna along the way.
Day 6: The last day will involve about 5.5 miles of downhill hiking through old-growth forest to the Staircase Ranger Station, where the trip will end.
Note: Remember this is only a sample itinerary.
Other: On all of our summer youth programs we have daily circle time in the morning where youth engage in group games, share highlights, offer praise to each other, stretch, review maps and day 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 also facilitate additional opportunities for youth to develop a personal connection with nature. Problem-solving and initiative games are common as are smiles. Additional outdoor skills are gained as we practice Leave No Trace principles and promote environmental stewardship throughout the length of the program.
Scholarship Application – Every youth deserves this opportunity!