Teen Backpacking Expedition

Live Your Life by a Compass not a Clock

The first day students will unite as a team participating in low and high ropes course activities and preparing for their expedition while base camping on the Spring Creek Farm in Palmer. 

On the second day, students will depart for a 6-day, 5-night backpacking expedition in the Hatcher Pass State Recreation Area.​​​​  
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A seven-day adventure program in which students learn outdoor and interpersonal skills necessary to complete a backpacking expedition. 
This program is designed to be educational, inspiring, fun and challenging. 

We practice challenge by choice, and teach students to make conscious, healthy choices for their individual growth.   ​​​​

Challenges allow us to practice building resiliency and self-determination; students are encouraged to embrace challenges as opportunities to excel!

Student Eligibility:

Students for this course must be between 13 and 17 years of age and need to be able to hike off trail 3-5 miles a day over uneven terrain with a 30-40 lb pack.
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