About Adventure Treks: A Summer Camp for Teens

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Who We Are

Established in 1993, Adventure Treks has earned a reputation as one of the most professional organizations in the outdoor adventure field. From one teen summer camp in the Pacific Northwest our first year to 20 camps across North America today, we’ve created memorable and life-changing outdoor experiences for more than 18,000 students.

Adventure Treks is more than a just a summer camp for teens. Our two- to four-week outdoor teen adventure camps for students ages 13–18 help great kids build skills for future success. While our students are having the time of their lives rafting, climbing, hiking, ziplining, camping, and biking in some of the greatest scenery on the planet, something else is happening. They are growing in numerous ways: self-confidence, social achievement, teamwork, leadership, and new outdoor skills, to name just a few.

Our son returned for his third year in 2020 because Adventure Treks is thoughtful, supportive, positive, and fun! Daniel loves it so much. AT provides a safe and yet challenging space for teenagers to take risks and make friends outside of school, sports, etc. Every activity, every outing, EVERYTHING at AT has been carefully considered and is done for a reason. After his 2020 trip ended, he said, “we ALL got along well with each other—that’s so unusual for any group of teenagers, mom. There were no cliques, no sub-groups that only hung together.” Lots of long talks, lots of singing, lots of inside jokes, etc. it was heaven for him. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. What a great gift you gave my kid. – Laura Miller, parent from Cabin John, MD

Think of Adventure Treks as a step up from summer camp; while we still focus on having a ton of fun within an inclusive community, students are able to take on more leadership roles and collaborate to ensure individual and group success. We travel to different areas within a specific region to try all sorts of new activities in new 15-passenger vans, led by caring, experienced, and enthusiastic outdoor leaders.

There’s a whole big, wonderful world outside that’s easy to miss in our electronic-filled world. Adventure Treks provides an environment where teenagers can take steps outside their comfort zone in a supportive and fun environment, surrounded by enthusiastic peers and guided by kind role models—and where safety is always emphasized.

Adventure Treks has always worked hard to bring together a talented and passionate team of outdoor and youth development professionals who love what they do and are excited to share their passion, diverse experiences, and years of hard work with your family. We can promise you a fun and unforgettable summer experience, and would love to speak with you personally to learn about your family and see if our programs and goals match yours. Call us at 828-698-0399 today!

Y’all killed it. Lee was game but dubious going in, motivated in no small part to keep up with his sister. His first night home, he spent about an hour and a half describing each and every day in detail, from first to last. As he got to the end, he observed through teary eyes, “I didn’t know I could form such strong relationships in such a short period of time.” If that’s not a win, I don’t know what is. – Matt Bailey, parent from Greensboro, NC