Lasting Adventures, Inc. is a recognized 501(c)(3) public benefit nonprofit and the leading guide service and youth summer camp in Yosemite National Park. Our youth development focus is on our summer camps centers around adventure-based programming and connecting with nature.
Yosemite Youth Summer Camp Overview
Our outdoor summer camp, also known as the Yosemite High Country Adventure youth backpacking trips, are our specialty. We offer a 5-day program for younger participants ages 11-13, and a choice of a 6-day or 12-day program for youth ages 13-17. New in 2016 is our Young Women's Adventure Program (ages 14-18), aimed at instilling confidence and leadership skills to the next generation of female adventurers and entrepreneurs while teaching the practical skills of backpacking and outdoor safety. The goals for all our camps include providing unforgettable experiences that intimately connects each youth with nature, themselves, and the greater world around them.
These trips usually begin in the Yosemite High Country in California and conclude in Yosemite Valley proper. On all trips we conduct some side hikes (without backpacks) to famous sites and peaks (such as Half Dome, Clouds Rest, El Capitan, Mount Hoffman, and Red Peak). These day hiking/backpacking trips average another 6 to 10 miles.
Every other week we offer a different trail. So if you would like to choose a two-week adventure (13 days/ 12 nights) by combining two sessions; your child will be guaranteed to see different terrain in California each week. Additionally, by choosing the two-week option, your child will have a layover day in either Tuolumne Meadows or Yosemite Valley proper where the participants will partake in more sightseeing and hiking opportunities. During this layover day, participants will also have a chance to re-supply, wash-up, and eat some fresh food at a local eatery.
Throughout the outdoor adventure, participants will be guided along some of the most famous trails and to the top of some of the most famous passes and peaks within Yosemite National Park, California. Our experienced leaders have an extensive knowledge of the Yosemite backcountry. In addition to taking our participants to many of the famous locations, our leaders will also guide participants to lesser known areas that we have found over the years such as off-the-trail high alpine lakes (where fish are plentiful), backcountry waterfalls, alpine meadows, spectacular vistas, watering holes, cliff jumping areas, and natural waterslides. On most trips, we backpack every day but one (a lay over day and location is usually agreed upon by the team) and we are on the trail for an average of 4-5 hours. Most of our trips go from a higher elevation to a lower elevation and throughout the experience we take our time, take in the views, and break at awesome watering holes. Yet, viewing the Yosemite backcountry is only one of the many outcomes that occur on these trips.
Our primary mission 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 principals. 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.
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My twelve year old Son and his three buddies did the one-week hike through Yosemite with Lasting Adventures. They had a blast hiking over 29 miles of this California treasure. The hiking was challenging, but not exhausting. My son said the scenery was amazing and wished we had been there to share it with him. He said the camp food experience was good and didn't leave him hungry after meals. Lasting adventures made sure the kids' packs were stuffed appropriately with gear & food. When asked if he'd like to return next year....we got a hands down, "ABSOLUTELY!!!"
Lasting Adventures just provided two weeks of a transformative experience for my daughter. I/we are pleased beyond expectations. While her departing words to me were, "Why are you doing this to me?" after two 6-day loops in Yosemite I was excitedly greeted by her boasting appreciation for nature, belief in her self and reinvigorated attitude about making new friends and building community. Scott and his guides have a great sense of how to introduce the kids to backpacking and to gently push them to take on greater challenges. For a not-yet 14-year old to say about Lasting Adventures that, "This is a great organization," resonates strongly. At best, I was hoping for my daughter to find the High Sierras a beautiful place to be and to acquire a few skills in self-sufficiency. A deeper sense of self-confidence, descriptions of the beautiful lakes and waterfalls and the arduous climb to see the sunrise from Half Dome tell me that this experience will stay with her a lifetime. AND, she wants to come back next year for more. Hallelujah, kudos and many thanks!
Tanner and Ryley had game changing experiences with Lasting Adventures. The guides were wonderful people, full of optimism and joy, the sites and sights were incredible. Our boys came back happier, more relaxed, more open to the world and with a better understanding of the beauty and wonder of nature. I can't thank Scott enough plus the rest of the crew whose names I remember: Maddie, Rory, Kai, Chrissy, et al. Tanner wants to go back next year to be a junior guide. A really fantastic experience.
Just got back from sending our son (6th grade) and his buddies. Five days four nights 20+ miles of hiking. Rained everyday, caught fish, and they created a lifetime of memories. They raved about the animals, food, fun, and GREAT guides: Sam, Trevor and Colin. I was a little apprehensive about sending a 11 yr old even though all the boys live in Truckee and are used to mountains, camping and being outdoors. Sam and the guides help make a lifetime of memories for our boys; kudos to them. The four are recruiting friends for 2014!!! Great preseason work out right before football also.
I am a 14yo from Tokyo who attended the 6 day backpacking summer camp. It was my first time backpacking or camping so I was a complete beginner but the guides(Lydia and Maddie) were super friendly and helped me throughout the entire trip. They were eager to teach us everything they could so I was able to pick up fundamental skills like reading maps, using stoves, collecting firewood, and most importantly, being hydrated. I also loved the yoga we did in the morning! Though the walk was tough, the beautiful views and campsites made all the struggles worth it. Every night, we saw bright shooting stars from our sleeping bags, and played fun games and formed a strong bond within the group. Overall, the trip was absolutely amazing and I will definitely be going back next year!
My 14 yo son had a wonderful time and said it was one of the best camps he has ever attended. He had positive feedback on the guides who were very kind and skilled. As a family who hasn't previously backpacked, it was helpful that Lasting Adventures provided the main backpacking supplies including the backpack, sleeping bag, and pad so that we didn't have to incur those expenses. I had heard about the experience from a friend whose son had attended two prior years and raved about his experience as well.