Yosemite Summer Camps

 

2019 SPRING SPECIAL REFER A FRIEND DISCOUNT– We still have summer camp openings throughout the summer. Refer a friend/relative to us and they will save 20% this season and you will lock in a 20% savings for next season! (This is for new registrations only.) Just have them use coupon code “FRIEND20-20” and mention your name as their referral source.

Yosemite Summer Camps Overview

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.

The Adventure Camp Experience

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.

The Yosemite Journey

 

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 Yosemite Summer Camps Mission

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.

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Found 5 Trips:

Yosemite Summer Camp: 6-Day High Country Adventure

Yosemite Summer Camp: 6-Day High Country Adventure

  • Camp Highlights: Our flagship program for youth ages 13-18. Most trips generate from Tuolumne Meadows, and all include amazing Yosemite backcountry adventures that are sure to last a lifetime. This program runs weekly from Sundays to Fridays.
  • Average Miles: 25-35 miles
  • Ages: 13-18
Yosemite Adventure Camp: 13-Day High Country Youth Program

Yosemite Adventure Camp: 13-Day High Country Youth Program

  • Camp Highlights: The common response after a 6-day program is that they want more! Our 13-day program capitalizes on this while providing even closer connections to the natural world around us and a greater development of our team in the backcountry.
  • Average Miles: 60-70 miles
  • Ages: 13-18
Young Adventurer’s 6-Day Summer Youth Programs

Young Adventurer’s 6-Day Summer Youth Programs

  • Camp Highlights: Our Young Adventurer’s 6 day program is geared towards younger participants ages 11-13. Participants will engage in a mix of front-country and back-country camping in and around the Yosemite high country.
  • Average Miles: 20-25 miles
  • Ages: 11-13

Young Women’s Adventure Program

Young Women’s Adventure Program

  • Camp Highlights: Our 13 day Young Women’s Adventure Program is aimed at instilling confidence and leadership skills to the next generation of female adventurers and entrepreneurs while teaching the practical skills of backpacking and outdoor safety.
  • Average Miles: 60-70 miles
  • Ages: 14-18
Yosemite Junior Guide Leadership Expedition

Yosemite Junior Guide Leadership Expedition

  • Camp Highlights: This 27-day Yosemite experience is geared toward youth 14-18 years old looking for a wilderness experience beyond the ordinary summer camp. The course focuses on backpacking and leadership skills as participants “discover” Yosemite along many of the same paths as early Yosemite pioneers.
  • Average Miles: 100-120 miles
  • Ages: 14-18