Length

27 Days

Mileage | Rating

100-120 Miles
Strenuous

Cost

$7200

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Yosemite National Park Entry Reservations are no longer needed starting October 1st, 2021. All of our trips beginnnig before October 1st, 2021, will include the required entry permit, but not the entry fee, to Yosemite.

Yosemite, California Leadership Expedition

What To Expect

Lasting Adventures is proud to offer a 27-Day 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  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:

  • Geology
  • Natural History
  • Cultural History
  • Environmental Science
  • Goal setting
  • Leadership Skills and Team Building activities
  • Group communication and problem-solving skills
  • Advanced Backpacking skills and environmental awareness
  • Outdoor Job Awareness
  • Introduction to Search and Rescue
  • Community Service
  • Leave No Trace Awareness
  • Wilderness First Aid Certification

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.

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Other Information

  • Space is limited!
  • This program is open to participants ages 15-18 years old.
  • The Leadership Expedition is popular and these spots fill up quickly. When spots are completely filled for the season, we will begin a waiting list in case of cancellations. These spots can also be carried over as first picks for the Leadership Expedition the following season.
  • Due to the extended nature of this trip, we recommend that participants wishing to apply are in good physical condition or begin a conditioning regimen prior to the trip. While no previous backpacking experience is necessary, it is important that potential applicants take into consideration the rugged nature and extended nature of the expedition.
  • Our Leadership Expedition begins at the old Yosemite Valley Stables parking lot at 12pm on Sundays and ends at 12 pm at the Curry Village Day Use Parking area near bus stop #14 on Friday. Late arrivals can usually be coordinated but please let us know if you will be arriving after 1 pm, as this may affect the group’s itinerary.
  • Scholarship Application – Every youth deserves this opportunity!

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Cancellation Policy

Multi-Day Adventures/Summer Camps Cancellation Policy

The following cancellation policy is only for trips booked directly through our official website, lastingadventures.com. If you have booked via a third-party website, such as The Clymb, TripAdvisor Experiences/Viator, or bookyogaretreats.com, the below policy does not apply, and you are held to the third-party’s cancellation policy.

  • There will be no cost for cancellations of multi-day trips made at least 30 days in advance. (*Exception: our Lodging/Hiking package has a $100 non-refundable processing fee.)
  • Between 30 days and 7 days from the date and time of departure, if you choose to cancel your multi-day adventure for any reason, we can offer a transferable lifetime credit of the value paid.
  • There will be no cost for cancellations for trips we are unable to run due to closures and/or restrictions by government officials. We will make departure determinations for trips 7 days in advance of the departure date. Refunds for trips not able to be run will be processed within 5 days of the intended departure date and can only be processed back to the original payment method used for the current trip. 
    • Exception: We may make this determination 15 days in advance for Lodging Packages. 
    • Any portion of a trip purchased with a credit from a previous year will revert back to a credit.
    • Due to the difficulties of running seasonal programs, a lost season can affect us greatly. We appreciate any of our customers that would choose to take a lifetime, transferable credit for the value paid of their trip, should the trip not be able to operate due to government restrictions.
  • Final payments on multi-day trips are automatically processed/due at 30 days in advance of the trip. Any new multi-day booking made at/within 45-days in advance will be required to pay in full.
    • Exception: Final payments are due at least 45 days in advance for our Lodging/Hiking package.
  • For our Summer Camps, due to COVID-19 in 2021 participants must have a responsible party available within 6 hours of Yosemite Valley for pickup in case of emergency. 

Important Notice

Recreational Summer Camp

Lasting Adventures only operates non-therapeutic, recreational summer camp programs. Lasting Adventures does not employ professional therapists or mental health counselors, and our outdoor educators are not trained in any form of therapy or drug rehabilitation. 

It is important that all participants considering a trip with Lasting Adventures are comfortable with and have experience being away from home/parents for the duration of the trip; have some level of regular physical fitness; and have a personal desire to be on the trip. Although nearly all our participants are ready for a backpacking trip, should a participant not be prepared (either mentally, emotionally, or physically), they may be removed from the trip at any time. No refunds will be given in these cases and an extraction fee may be charged.

Please make sure your child is ready for their adventure by:

  • preparing them physically (training hikes if not already involved in regular activities)
  • emotionally (giving them experience being away from home in a less-committed setting)
  • and mentally (making sure they have buy-in and want to be on the trip)

Dietary Constraints

Although we are able to accommodate many specific dietary constraints and choices, we prepare foods in a facility with peanuts, gluten, soy, and other major allergens, and are not certified as an ‘allergen-free’ facility. We take steps to limit the risk of cross-contamination, but we cannot guarantee that foods we prepare will be fully free of major allergens.

 

 

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Departure Dates from Curry Village

    June Departure Dates  

  • Sun, Jun 26th - Fri, Jul 22nd
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