Our Yosemite summer camps, also known as the Yosemite High Country Adventure youth backpacking trips, are our specialty. We offer a 6-day summer adventure camp for children ages 11 to 13, a choice of a 6-day or 13-day program for youth ages 13 to 18, a 13-day Women’s Adventure Camp for young females and a 27-day Junior Guide Leadership Expedition for teens ages 14 to 18 looking for a more advanced adventure.
For all our Yosemite Summer Camps, participants are equipped with top-of-the-line gear provided by Gregory Packs, LEKI trekking poles and our other outstanding partners. With participants set up for success, the primary goal of our expertly managed, professionally outfitted Yosemite summer camps is to provide unforgettable experiences that intimately connect each child with nature, themselves, and the greater world around them.
Throughout our youth and teen outdoor summer camps, participants will be guided along some of the most famous trails, and to the top of some of the most iconic passes and peaks within Yosemite National Park. Our experienced leaders have extensive knowledge of the backcountry and are trained to share their expertise personally with each guest.
In addition to taking participants to many of Yosemite’s famous destinations, our leaders will guide guests to lesser-known areas that we’ve discovered over the years, such as off-the-trail high alpine lakes (where fish are plentiful), backcountry waterfalls, alpine meadows, and spectacular vistas. Guests will walk on Yosemite’s fabled polished granite, experience the park’s famous sunsets from unparalleled vantages, and discover the nuances of its majestic wilderness teeming with life.
On most trips, we backpack every day but one (a layover day and location is usually agreed upon by the team) and we are on the trail for an average of 3 to 5 hours each day. Most of our Yosemite backpacking adventures go from a higher elevation to a lower elevation (in other words, we generally hike downhill), and throughout the experience, we take our time, take in the views, and break at some awesome watering holes. Even so, views of the Yosemite backcountry are just one of the many outcomes that come from these adventures. For our youth and teen backpackers in Yosemite, inspiration, passion and life skills are the paramount takeaway.
Our primary mission for our outdoor summer camp is to use the natural environment and outdoor activities to teach participants the necessary skills and attitudes for living successful lives. We also strive to foster a deep-seated appreciation for the world around us. In addition to unique individual backgrounds and certifications, our leaders are all trained in Adventure Based Programming. Through Adventure Based Programming, participants will be challenged to improve their sense of self-esteem, self-worth, and self-confidence. Participants will participate in daily goal setting, group activities and debriefing (usually mixed in with marshmallows around the campfire.) This is all done within an environment of fun and support. All participants will also learn basic backpacking skills, wilderness ethics, wilderness appreciation and engage in Leave No Trace principals. Along with creating lasting memories, it is our goal that participants will finish this adventure with a greater knowledge and appreciation of themselves, the world at large, and the environments around them.
Found 5 Trips:
Yosemite Summer Camp: 6-Day High Country Adventure
Yosemite Adventure Camp: 13-Day High Country Youth Program
Young Adventurer’s 6-Day Summer Youth Programs
Young Women’s Adventure Program
Yosemite Junior Guide Leadership Expedition