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 program in the Pacific Northwest our first year to more than 20 programs across North America today, we’ve created memorable and life-changing outdoor experiences for more than 19,000 students.

Adventure Treks is more than a just a summer camp for teens. Our multi-week outdoor teen adventure programs for students ages 12–18 help great kids build skills for future success. While our students are having the time of their lives rafting, climbing, hiking, biking, camping, kayaking and canoeing 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.

My daughter returned from her Adventure Treks experience more mature, confident, and generally more smiley. This was not our primary motivation for sending her on the trip, but it is simply the outcome I observed. We enrolled her in the two-week Yellowstone trip, hoping she would have fun; enjoy active, outdoor experiences; grow to appreciate nature; and learn about how to be a part of a community of peers under the guidance of able leaders. As she reports, all of these goals were met and exceeded. She loved it! I believe the social emotional development was extraordinarily helpful. Also, the fact that she came home interested and excited about Yellowstone, the outdoors, and appreciating our Earth so much more. – Deborah Young, parent from Toms River, NJ

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!

My son had an amazing time, and it was a great experience for him. He’s at an age where he craves independent adventure, and this was a great opportunity for him to have an adventure without us while we could still feel that he was safe and in good hands. He came home with awesome stories, and he is happier and more confident. As his parents, this means a lot to us. It felt risky sending him off on a plane alone for the first time to travel around with people we’ve never even met in person, but I would do it again in a heartbeat. – Nancy Tray, parent from St. Johns, FL