- Listing Type: Summer Programs
- Destination: United States
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Session Start: June, July, August
- Session Length: Two Weeks
- Entering Grade: 9th, 10th
- Gender: Coed
- Category: Outdoor Adventure
- Sub-Categories: Hiking
- Selective: No
- Ages: 14, 15
- Accreditation: Gap Year Association - Program
Trek through Idaho's pine forests and top windy ridges to see the next valley before you. Whether you climb your first peak, catch your first fish, or make your first dinner from scratch, this course is designed to maximize hands-on learning and doing in the backcountry. If you’re ready to start developing your leadership skills and learn what it takes to lead yourself, your family and friends in the wilderness, then this is the course for you.
Find challenges and fun in the mountains
This summer, it’s time for a true adventure. Dive into an unforgettable wilderness expedition with a group of peers ages 14 and 15. Work hard and have fun as you explore Idaho’s remote mountain ranges with your new friends. Hike through sweet-smelling pine forests and along high mountain passes. Climb rugged peaks and go fishing in clear alpine lakes. Learn to make tasty backcountry pizza and cinnamon rolls on a campstove. In the evenings, swap stories around a campfire and fall asleep under starry skies.
Whether you’ve been camping before or this is your first time, you’ll find new adventures in the mountains and grow your outdoor skills. Start with the basics, like pitching a tent and reading maps. As the course and your skills progress, you and your coursemates will gradually take on more responsibility for tasks like leading your hiking group and choosing campsites.
Along the way, build your self-confidence and gain real-life leadership experience. Practice good communication as you and your teammates work together to plan the day’s hiking route. Develop your problem-solving skills while navigating a steep peak ascent. Return home with new friendships, great memories, and the confidence to lead at school and in your community.
*Duration: 14 days
*Route length: approximately 30-60 miles
*Average group size: 15 students / 3 instructors
*Average pack weight: 40-55 pounds
*Elevation range: 7,000-11,000 feet
*Terrain: on and off-trail hiking, forest, and alpine environments
*Potential for non-technical peak ascents, snow travel skills, and fishing
*Wildlife you may see: moose, elk, deer, bear, sheep, mountain goat and fox