Explore the wilderness in our Introductory to Canoe Tripping camp!
Explore the wilderness and increase your appreciation of nature, develop self-reliance and cultivate lasting friendships based on shared powerful experiences.
Olympia will serve as a ‘base camp’ for campers to develop their canoeing skills and learn the fundamentals of no-trace camping. The emphasis during the first three days in camp is spent becoming comfortable in a canoe, and learning basic strokes and rescue techniques. Campers also experience team-building activities to help prepare them for the three days, two-night-out trip. Day one of the out trip is spent paddling to the camping site. Campers work together to select and set up tent sites, set up the cooking area, and then have the opportunity to explore the area around the campsite.
On day two, campers break camp and paddle and portage their way to a second campsite where they have a fun night of campfires, stories, and star gazing. The third morning is spent packing up the equipment and then paddling to the pick-up point. Once back in camp, campers help to unpack and clean up equipment.
The final day is spent debriefing the trip, and the week, and providing feedback about skill development, teamwork, and initiative developed over the week.
A complete camping experience
Over 30 hours of camping and tripping instruction and experience have been formatted so that campers will have opportunities to learn to enjoy our natural environment while working together to reach common outcomes.
Our canoe trip leaders are chosen for their skills, their attention to safety, and their supportive nature in working with campers. They are committed to wilderness-based experiential learning.
Basic flat-water canoe instruction
Trip packing skills
Environmental 'no-trace' camping
Swim 100 meters
Tread water for 3 minutes non-stop
Be comfortable in deep water
- August 7 - August 13
- Ages 12 - 17