Backpacking trips, outdoor adventures, survival skills, mountaineering
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Since 1973, Wilderness Ventures has been conducting exciting expeditions for young adults in the Western United States and several international countries. Activities include backpacking, whitewater rafting & kayaking, mountaineering, biking, sailing, SCUBA, canoeing, sea kayaking, and community service.
Since 1973, Wilderness Ventures has been conducting exciting expeditions for beginners and experienced young adults, ages 11 through 20. Expeditions visit a variety of wilderness environments in the Western United States, Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, Europe, Australia, Central & South America, and the South Pacific for extended periods. Students learn outdoor and group leadership skills as well as gain an appreciation for various wilderness environments. Activities include backpacking, whitewater rafting & kayaking, mountaineering, biking, sailing, SCUBA, canoeing, sea kayaking, and community service. Participants come from nearly every state and several countries. Enrollment is limited, and applicants must submit school references prior to admission. Previous wilderness experience is not necessary.
Bold Earth Teen Adventures
Are you ready to take your summer adventure up a notch? Tired of doing the same old thing every year? Adventure with Bold Earth around the world! Everywhere from Colorado, Alaska, Australia, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Europe, Bali, Fiji, Greece, Thailand, Africa, South America and more. More locations. More adventures; trips of a lifetime.
When it comes to unforgettable summers Bold Earth Teen Adventures has been leading the teen adventure travel industry since 1976. Our vision empowers high school students to feel alive, competent and part of a self-motivated team. Enjoy world class expeditions in rock climbing, white water rafting, backpacking, biking, sailing, kayaking, horse packing and service projects. Our hallmark is responsibility, commitment and inspirational leadership. Phone interview and references are required. Join us in Alaska, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Europe, Colorado, Thailand, Fiji, Bali, Australia, England, California, Washington state, Africa and beyond. More locations. More adventures. Trips of a lifetime.
Opal Creek Expeditions
There is nothing like spending 5 days backpacking in the wilderness. The Opal Creek Wilderness is the perfect base camp for outdoor adventure. Our unique expeditions give your child hands-on experience in the wilderness.
There is nothing like spending 5 days backpacking in the wilderness.
Jawbone Flats is the perfect base camp for outdoor adventure. Our science instructors take the summer ‘off’ and become your backpacking guides, sharing their intimate knowledge of the Opal Creek Wilderness. Our unique expeditions combine backpacking skills with field science, giving your child hands-on experience with everything from camp cooking to sediment testing.Each trip approaches the watershed from a different ecological focus and maintains a strong emphasis on backcountry travel.
We continue to expand our Expeditions with the addition of a day rafting the McKenzie River on the last day of our Uncut Gem and Advanced Skills expeditions. We are pairing up with the experienced and certified guides of High Country Expeditions (www.highcountryexpeditions.com) to bring you this exciting addition to our summer programs.
Beyond the Gate expeditions aim to compare and contrast the Opal Creek Wilderness with other diverse ecosystems throughout the state. These trips will take participants two new locations this season: the Middle Santiam Wilderness, and the Tillamook State Forest.
All Opal Creek Expeditions follow leave no trace principles and maintain a staff to student ratio of 5:1. Our instructors are WFR certified and trained extensively to be prepared for any backcountry medical emergencies.
A complete gear list will be sent upon registration. If there are items you do not own consider renting equipment from local retailers.
Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center operates under a special use permit with the Mt. Hood and Willamette National Forests.
Dedicated to outdoor adventure for ages 8-18.
Western States/Provinces, Oregon (AK- NC -WA - CA -UT- CO- BC-NH - VT- ME)
Ever climbed a snow covered volcano? Slept under a starry sky on a wilderness beach or rafted a crazy fun whitewater river? Here is your chance! At Adventure Treks this is just a snapshot of your best summer ever. You will see incredible scenery, make great friends from across the country, laugh more than you ever thought possible, and become a better leader. A recent study shows Adventure Treks will improve the 21st century life skills you will need for future success.
Temporarily escape the digital age. 8-18 year olds can visit exciting destinations on the West Coast, British Columbia, Colorado, Alaska, and the Southeast. Give us just two or three weeks and you will see benefits and make friendships that will last the rest of your life.
“I tell parents they won’t believe their good fortune to have stumbled upon such a wholesome organization, with fabulous instructors, who use fun and adventure to tap into a facet of your child’s character, endurance, or personality that had never before found expression.”
F.D. Fields, parent from Pittsburg, PA
Adventure WILD Summer Day Camp
Nature is our playground and children are encouraged to WONDER, INQUIRE, LEARN and DISCOVER about their surroundings.
Join us at Adventure WILD Day Camp! Through Wonder, Inquiry, Learning and Discovery, your child will spend the summer engaged in the arts and science activities that will inspire and captivate their senses. Come have FUN with us! At Adventure WILD Summer Day Camp, we believe that authentic learning takes place when children are able to investigate and interact with the world around them. Through thematic and guided activities and with experienced educators, your child will laugh, learn, and make memories to last a lifetime. Not only will your child have an amazing time at Adventure WILD summer day camp, you’ll be supporting a part of Oregon's, Outdoor School. Through this unique opportunity, all of our proceeds of summer camp will work to benefit sending students to Outdoor School.
Farmworks at Springbank Farm
Natural science graduate students with camp experience facilitate farm experiences. Waldorf, Montessori, and Reggio philosophies inspire activities that are adaptable for everyone and foster ownership in campers work and surroundings
Campers discover and grow through farm activities relevent to their lives now.
Animal husbandry is part of camp and includes the friendliest and most docile breeds of Swedish Gotland Sheep and lambs, American Guinea Hog Pigs and Piglets, Bunnies, Chickens, and our Border Collie/Aussie farm dog.
Each Friday grown-ups are invited to tour the farm with their campers between 2pm and 3pm.
Though introducing campers to a breadth of farm-based activities unavailable in schools, camp counselors have designed the program with “STEAM curriculum” in mind, to dovetail with the important K-12 themes of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. We intend for the camp to be a nice supplement to what kids learn in school. For instance, the gardening component of the camp will be provided in collaboration with the school-based garden at neighboring Hamilton Creek School.
Exciting activities each week, such as, but not limited to, the following:
milking goats, cheese making, fiber arts, woodworking, art and craft work, garden projects, nature hikes, creek exploration, boat making, fort building, and animal care and bonding.
Camp Directors/Farm Owner Brian and Michelle take great pleasure in watching their own three children grow up on the farm with a love a nature, a developing sense of practical knowledge, and a growing resilience fueled by life’s most difficult lessons. They want to share what the farm has to offer with the community in order to impart a sense of ownership to the land and fosters a lasting commitment to the natural world.
In a Child's Path Farm
Campers start each day by helping with morning chores, such as collecting eggs, cleaning stalls and feeding. After the farm work the children will spend up to 4 hours focusing on the week’s camp theme.
In rural Clackamas County, ten minutes east of Gresham, resides a school geared toward teaching children in a natural learning environment through the power of play. Whether the children are inside the classroom baking banana bread with a teacher, outside grooming horses, rolling down tumble-down hill, making jam out of the berries that the children picked on the farm or splashing in giant mud puddles, these children are learning through the five vital senses that allows them to internalize what they experience naturally and physically.
In a Child’s Path Farm School is offering summer camps to children of all ages this summer with each camp dedicated to main focus points. The camps are structured in a way that the learning ties together. For example, if a child attends camp for three consecutive weeks, the learning will not seem staggered; it will flow respectfully in a way that a child will learn best. Along with our music teacher, we will meet at camp starting each new week with a song that is relevant to our subject of learning along with open ended activities at different stations. The yard that the campers work in when they arrive each morning is comprised of six flower beds, a jungle gym, a large sand box, a play house, a rock wall and tons of room to run! After breakfast we could be found anywhere on the eight acres. The last hour of camp will be spent wrapping up the day in review and journaling our experiences. Each child will be given their own journal when they arrive their first day at camp with their own equipment for the week’s activities.
In a Child’s Path promote and encourages children to learn through their five senses. Smelling, seeing, feeling, hearing and tasting triggers sensors in the brain that allow a child to fully engage in an activity. When a child is engaged, their full attention is geared toward understanding everything about what it is that they are doing. To foster the learning that is already naturally occurring, a teacher observes and takes note always making sure that the child has the tools to continue their journey or simply finish a task. The teacher might ask the child, “Why do you think this is happening?” or “Why is it doing that?” These questions grease the wheels that are already turning. When a child is equipped with the necessary tools, the possibilities are endless. This is what In a Child’s Path promotes and strives for every day; a place where children feel like they belong as well as fostering a strong sense of relationship and community.
OMSI Outdoors & Science Classes
Build a robot. Create chemistry magic. Launch a rocket. Raft Oregon’s rivers. Hike the Redwoods. Wake to a desert sunrise. OMSI Outdoors and Science Classes explore the Northwest from the classroom to the Canadian Rockies!
Stretch your limits. Realize your potential.
OMSI Outdoors and Science Classes provide unique, hands-on learning opportunities designed to encourage your whole family to stretch the limits of imagination, adventure and possibility. We are proud to be an essential Northwest resource that encourages people of all ages to reach their full potential. We look forward to seeing you in the coming year!
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