Lasting Adventures is proud to offer a Junior Guide Leadership Expedition for teens ages 15-18! This 27-day wilderness summer camp in the California high country is geared toward youth looking for an adventure beyond the ordinary summer camp. Learn all the skills needed to plan, prep and guide your own backpacking trips along with the skills to be an effective leader, whether you’re walking in the woods or working on a project in school. This course will focus on backpacking and leadership skills as participants “discover” Yosemite and surrounding forests along many of the same paths as early Yosemite pioneers traveled.
Our Junior Guide Leadership Expedition is a 27 day intensive backpacking trip focused on building effective leadership skills for youth to apply in both backcountry and front country settings. Participants will spend the first week of the course at a front-country base camp within either Yosemite National Park or adjoining National Forests. Here, they will learn the principles of expedition culture while taking courses to earn their Wilderness First Aid and Leave No Trace certifications. Beginning the second week, participants will begin applying their knowledge as the expedition sets out backpacking toward Yosemite along many of the same routes as the original pioneers in the 1800s. As participants discover Yosemite, they will continue to partake in leadership and team-building activities while learning the hard skills of backpacking, including tarp shelter construction, fire building, stove use, plant and animal ID, Yosemite geology and biology as well as various debriefing methods. During the final week of the trek, the group will be deep in the wilderness where they will slowly be given autonomy to collectively choose routes and guide themselves with facilitation and advice from their Guides. As a culmination of the skills learned, the final days will be completely guided by participants while Guides are out of sight ahead and behind the group (for assistance only).
Throughout the program, participants will be exposed to and gain knowledge and/or skills in the following areas:
By the end of the end of the expedition, participants will have been trained in, and utilized, both the logistical and practical aspects of backpacking expeditions as well as the skills needed for effective leadership and teamwork.
“My 15 (Nearly 16) year old son just got home from an EPIC trip with Lasting Adventures on the Outdoor Leadership Expedition. He had such a wonderful time and communicated that his guides were “the best” and he felt connected to the group as the explored the Yosemite wild with trips through the PCT and roads less traveled in Yosemite’s beautiful back country. I can’t thank this company and their mission enough. If you’re looking for a journey for your young family members of many ages (as they have many camps) this comes genuinely, very highly recommended.” –Leadership Expedition parent, July 2018