Youth Introduction to Backpacking Camp
June 12 – June 14, 2018
Ages 10 to 14
*Cost: $330 SEC members/$370 non-members
This 3-day/2-night program for upper elementary and middle school campers is located at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, and will travel across the Mayacama Mountains through Hood Mountain backpacking sites! Our goals include providing an unforgettable experience exploring some of the more difficult trails of the park during the day, camping under the stars at night and enjoying the peace and quiet. Day 1 will be based at the Sugarloaf Campground doing day hikes to the waterfall and other sites. We will also be doing equipment checks and preparing for the backcountry day. Day 2 we will travel by shuttle to the Sugarloaf McCormick Addition, and hike into the backpacking camps at Hood Mountain (2-3 Miles).
Throughout camp, participants will be guided along trails where our experienced leaders have extensive knowledge of flora and fauna, as well as camping tips and trail safety. Every day we will be on the trail for 3-4 hours, taking our time, enjoying the views, exploring streams, and ensuring that participants are calm and comfortable in the outdoors. We will strive to foster an appreciation for the wilderness, nature, and our local watershed.
Campers will participate in setting goals, building self-confidence, and engaging in group activities. Participants will also learn basic backpacking skills, wilderness ethics, and follow the Leave No Trace principles. This camp encourages long lasting memories, appreciation for the outdoors, and a better awareness of ourselves and the world around us.
*Camp cost covers all necessary gear, as well as two breakfasts, two dinners, lunch and daily snacks. Please do not let gear requirements deter you, we can provide any and all needed items.