Begin Your Adventure

Summer Camps for Teens Ages 12 – 18

I am in the grade
and would like to travel to

Begin Your Adventure

Summer Camps for Teens Ages 12 – 18

I am in the grade
and would like to travel to

21st Century Skills

Adventure Treks is all about making memories, fostering lifelong friendships, and creating more confident and capable young men and women.

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21st Century Skills

Adventure Treks is all about making memories, fostering lifelong friendships, and creating more confident and capable young men and women.

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Teen Summer Camp

We are a small summer adventure camp and getting to know you is our biggest priority. Adventure Treks isn’t just about outdoor fun; it’s about you! We want you to discover your best self, and we believe that the great outdoors is just the way to do it.

The Adventure Treks Blog

The Group Journal

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Nature is the Antidote to Video Game Addiction

The sun rises above the snow-capped mountains in brilliant hues of pink, orange, and purple. You get off your horse to take in the breathtaking scenery, hear the roar of a river below, and see the outline of a herd of elk in the distance. The birds begin to chirp louder as the sun rises […]

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Outdoor Recreation Resources in Your Community

If you’re ready to head outside on an adventure but have no idea what resources abound in your community, don’t fret—we’ve got you covered! From printed guidebooks to interactive websites, there’s a wealth of information out there to help you find outdoor activities right in your own backyard, whether you’re looking for a summer swimming […]

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Reflections of an Adventure Treks Alum

By Scott Silverstein, AT student from 2001–2003 When I think of Adventure Treks and its impact on my life, I think of a poem that I learned from former instructor Ben Mirkin: “Two Kinds of People” by Ella Wheeler Wilcox. I’ve copied the poem at the end of this, but—spoiler alert!—the two kinds of people […]

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Adventure Treks 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

One of the great things about an Adventure Treks trip is that you can outfit your teen with the clothing he or she already owns—you don’t always have to buy extra gear. However, we know the packing lists for our trips are long, and our goal is to make shopping and packing a stress-free experience. […]

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Life Skills Learned from my Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike

The famed 2,186-mile-long Appalachian Trail winds through 14 states, starting at Springer Mountain in Georgia and reaching its terminus at Mount Katahdin in Maine. Its total elevation change is 464,464 feet—the equivalent of hiking up Mt. Everest 16 times. Attempting to complete the trail continuously is known as a thru-hike, which several thousand people attempt […]

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Finale Ligure, Italy, Trip Report

My wife (our marketing director Amanda Fox) and I recently returned from a trip to Italy. We didn’t make the trip across the pond to see the regular sights, like the Vatican, Venice, or other hot tourist spots. Instead, we sought out the lesser-known Finale Ligure, a trio of beautiful villages (Finale Ligure, Finalpia, and […]

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What Do College Admissions Officers Really Look For?

College application season is in full swing, and we always enjoy hearing from Adventure Treks graduates, either requesting letters of reference or sharing their college essays. The latter often include a poignant story or two from their Adventure Treks experiences. Determining a first-choice school out of the 4,000 universities available in the United States can […]

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Closing Down Summer 2019 at Adventure Treks

You can only ignore the boarding announcement so many times, but we tried. Four Pacific Northwest Adventure students (Ryan, Dario, Caleb, and Robbie) three instructors, and regional director Jack and I, all getting our last moments of Adventure Treks conversations, none of us wanting the summer to end. Soon, the line disappeared into the jetway, […]

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Midsummer Adventure Treks Check-In

I wrote this on a plane after opening our Colorado Explorer 2 trip. My son had just completed his first Adventure Treks trip (Colorado 1) with this same staff team the week before, so it was a true joy as a parent to take these instructors out to dinner as a small token of my […]

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Video: Greetings from Adventure Treks Instructor Orientation

Adventure Treks 2019 instructor orientation is in full swing just outside Portland, OR. I’m proud to be a part of the group of mentors who train our new instructors. As an Adventure Treks parent myself, I’m thrilled to have these folks interacting with and inspiring three of my own kids. The energy is fantastic, and […]

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