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!
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 Backpacking Adventure for Teens, 13-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.