Supporting educational National Park adventures for underserved youth since 1997

Since the summer of 1997, Lasting Adventures has provided more than 1,500 scholarships for disadvantaged youth and families to explore the wonder of America’s National Parks. We believe that all youth should have the opportunity to experience and learn from wild places, regardless of their financial circumstances. If you would like to join in our goal of making life-changing educational adventures in Olympic National Park accessible to underserved youth, please consider a tax deductible contribution to our scholarship fund. Thank You for supporting Lasting Adventures, Inc!

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Olympic National Park Summer Camps Overview

At Lasting Adventures, we’ve spent more than two decades developing the most empowering youth and teen summer camp experience in Yosemite, California. We are proud to be taking that model and standard of quality to new environments this summer, offering 6-day adventure summer camps for Young Adventurers ages 11 to 13 and High Country Adventurers ages 13 to 18 in Washington’s Olympic National Park!

The Outdoor Summer Camp Experience

Whether marveling at a shooting star, topping out an alpine crest, laughing with new friends around a campfire—the ultimate goal of our Olympic National Park summer camps is to share unforgettable moments in nature that inspire lifelong passions in youth and teens. Participants in our 6-Day Olympic Young Adventurers’ Program, our 6-Day Mountain Adventure for Teens, 6-Day Coastal Adventure for Teens13-Backpacking Adventure for Teens, and 6-Day & 13-Day Olympic Young Women’s Program will find themselves among some of the most stunning natural scenery America has to offer: iconic trails overlooking the rugged Pacific Ocean, surreal woodlands draped in lime-colored moss, and waterfalls gushing crystal clear snowmelt are just the shortlist—spectacular wilderness abounds all across the Olympic range. Olympic, Washington summer camps delve into the depths of the backcountry with insight and guidance from our experienced leaders, all of whom possess intimate knowledge of the surrounding environment. On most trips, we backpack every day but one (a layover day, location is usually agreed upon by the team), and we are on the trail for an average of four to six hours per day. Throughout the experience we take our time to enjoy the views and break at some pretty awesome watering holes. We come away with an enlightened understanding of the natural environment, an appreciation for ourselves, connections with new friends, and a passion for the outdoors to last a lifetime.

Our Adventure Summer Camp 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 an appreciation for the wilderness, nature, and 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 principles. Along with creating lasting memories, it is our goal that participants will finish this adventure with a greater knowledge of themselves, the world, and the environment around them.

Check Out Our Olympic Summer Camps

6-DAY OLYMPIC YOUNG ADVENTURERS’ PROGRAM

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Our 6-Day Olympic Young Adventurer’s Program helps introduce younger youth to the outdoors in a shorter distance–but no less fun–adventure! This ocean-bound Olympic adventure camp traverses beaches and oceanside cliffs along some of the most pristine and breathtaking oceanic landscapes on earth. With shorter hiking days and an easier itinerary than the teen program, campers are guided by world-class outdoor educators with a focus on leadership and outdoor skill-building. Participants explore tide pools and sea caves along the remote Pacific Northwestern coastline, camp on the beach, and hike trails that weaving in and out of old-growth rainforest. Hiking some of Olympic’s most scenic trails, campers explore the bountiful beauty that Olympic’s coastal scenery has to offer, showcased by the mild, warm weather of summer. Every evening ends in a spectacular sunset over the Pacific, often followed by campfires and cocoa! Risk-taking and challenges complimented by fun and support from certified outdoor educators lead to a profound and often life-changing adventure for all!

6-DAY & 13-DAY OLYMPIC YOUNG WOMEN’S PROGRAM

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Our all-female Young Women’s Backpacking Summer Camp Adventure is aimed at instilling confidence and leadership skills in the next generation of female adventurers! Available in both 6-day or 13-day sessions, this unique Washington summer camp for ladies ages 13-18 is led by our top female guides! Along the way, our knowledgeable outdoor educators focus on showing young women their true potential in both an outdoor setting and in their day-to-day lives, while teaching the practical skills of backpacking and outdoor safety. Through our adventure-based programming, campers will be challenged to turn their goals into action on a daily basis, utilizing perseverance and determination to summit mountains and accomplish new feats. Our experienced outdoor educators, who are are trained specifically for the Olympic area, share their knowledge with participants as the group covers between 4 and 8 miles of hiking each day. For young women looking to develop their outdoor skills by fully immersing in some of the world’s most majestic wilderness, the Olympic Young Women’s Backpacking Adventure is the ultimate choice.

6-DAY OLYMPIC MOUNTAIN ADVENTURE FOR TEENS

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Our 6-Day Olympic Mountain Adventure for Teens is designed for youth ages 13-18 and provides excellent opportunities for youth to learn about themselves and the world around them. This adventure summer camp in Olympic National Park focuses on leadership and outdoor skill-building with teens camping and hiking beside high alpine lakes, rivers, waterfalls, and meadows. Most trips have an opportunity to summit peaks and/or partake in some spectacular sunsets among some breath-taking geological formations. Risk-taking and challenges complimented by fun and support from others lead to a positive and often life-changing adventure for all!

6-DAY OLYMPIC COASTAL ADVENTURE FOR TEENS

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Our 6-Day Olympic Coastal Adventure for Teens is designed for youth ages 13-18 and provides excellent opportunities for youth to learn about themselves and the world around them.  This ocean-bound Olympic adventure camp traverses beaches and oceanside cliffs along some of the most pristine and breathtaking oceanic landscapes on earth. Guided by world-class outdoor educators with a focus on leadership and outdoor skill-building, teens explore tide pools and sea caves along the remote Pacific Northwestern coastline, camping on the beach and weaving in and out of some old-growth rainforest. Hiking some of Olympic’s most famous trails, teens explore the bountiful beauty that Olympic’s coastal scenery has to offer, showcased by the mild and warm weather of summer. Every evening ends in a spectacular sunset over the Pacific, often followed by campfires and cocoa! Risk-taking and challenges complimented by fun and support from certified outdoor educators lead to a profound and often life-changing adventure for all!

13-DAY OLYMPIC BACKPACKING ADVENTURE FOR TEENS

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Our 13-day Olympic Backpacking Summer Camp for teens is the ultimate gateway to a lifelong passion for the outdoors. Our 13-day Olympic National Park Teenage Adventure Camp combines our coastal and ancient forest adventures for nearly two weeks of skill-building and exploring immersed in Olympic National Park. Designed for teens ages 13-18, this camp begins on the coast, exploring sea caves and marine life along trails that weave on and off the beach. By the end of the journey, campers find themselves traversing the moss-covered terrain of the ancient old-growth forest. Our experienced outdoor educators, who are are trained specifically for the Olympic area, share their knowledge with participants as the group covers between 4 and 8 miles hiking each day. For teens looking to develop their outdoor skills by fully immersing in some of the world’s most majestic wilderness, the 13-day Olympic Teen Backpacking Adventure is the ultimate choice.