Highlights: Our Young Adventurer’s 6-day Youth Summer Camps in Northern California’s Lassen Volcanic National Park are designed for younger participants, ages 11-13, who are both new or experienced backpackers. Based in the Cascade Mountain Range, our youth adventure summer camps start at Summit Lake on Sundays and end back at Summit Lake on Fridays. These programs will offer shorter hiking distances and an introduction to camping, backpacking, and the outdoors among the natural geological and volcanic formations surrounding us in the Lassen high country.
This is a Sample Itinerary only.
Day 1: Your guides will meet you and your campers at Summit Lake at 1 PM. The guides will work individually or in small groups to do a packing demonstration and final gear check. Group gear will also be divvied out. Once everyone has arrived and had the opportunity to pack, guides will facilitate an ice breaker for the campers to meet one another. After, they will hit the trail to Jakey Lake, approximately three miles from Summit Lake.
Day 2: Today campers will wake up and begin breaking down camp while the Leaders of the Day help get breakfast started and receive their morning briefing from their counselors. After a hearty breakfast, a stretch and goals circle and group briefing, campers will be on their way to Snag Lake alongside the majestic Lava Beds.
Day 3: Day 3 is a layover day, so instead of breaking down camp and hiking to a new destination, campers will prepare for a day hike to the Painted Dunes and Cinder Cone where they will attempt a summit of Cinder Cone. The afternoon will consist of adventure based activities, swading, and rest.
Day 4: Leaders of the Day will be responsible for waking up campers and facilitating the morning routine. Once the leaders are ready to leave camp, the group will begin their five mile day to Lower Twin Lake, ensuring time for activities and potential swading in the lake.
Day 5: Leaders of the Day continue the morning routine, getting campers ready to hike to the beautiful Horseshoe Lake for their final night. Guides will insure that the last night of the trip goes out in style, with a closing ceremony that reflects on the trip.
Day 6: The last group of Leaders will have the campers up in time to pack camp one last time and make their way back to Summit Lake for pick up.
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.
Our Sunday through Friday Young Adventurer’s program both begins and ends at Summit Lake within Lassen National Park. Drop-off is Sundays at 12 pm and pick-up is on Fridays at 12-1 pm at the Juniper Lake parking lot.
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