Quick Facts about
Welcome to Adventure Treks! Since 1993, we have served more than 18,000 teenagers through our one-, two-, three-, and four-week outdoor adventure camps. Our commitment to creating close-knit and kind communities is what sets us apart; you can compare us to other programs here. If you’d like to dive deeper into our philosophy, please click here. Below, you’ll find a few basic facts about our programs.
Our mission: To create the safest, most exciting, and most substantive outdoor summer adventures for teenagers through our personal attention to every student, our caring, and our competence.
Adventure Treks truly achieves the goals they set out to do. They build a community, promote personal development, challenge each other to try new things, and share the love of the outdoors. My son returned for another year because he had such an amazing experience on his first trip and wanted to have another. He loves the outdoors and wants to spend as much time as he can in that environment, and Adventure Treks is the best. Since returning, my son has shown more patience and less frustration with things that he would typically be bored with. Adventure Treks is always worth every penny. – Nicole Lavoie, Nashua, NH
Our youngest programs start for students finishing the 7th grade, and our oldest programs cater to students finishing high school. *Please note: Students need to be finishing the grade the spring before an Adventure Treks program, not entering that grade after their trip in the summer. In other words, the grade students are in as of September 2018.
Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, Montana, California, Colorado, British Columbia, and Alaska
Our trips range from 8 to 30 days.
All trips begin at a designated airport. Students explore the most scenic and beautiful places in a particular region, and travel between activity sites in brand-new, 15-passenger vans. We spend each night in a tent, and students learn how to cook in the backcountry—with plenty of guidance from our instructors! They go backpacking, camping, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, whitewater kayaking, ziplining, ice climbing, canoeing, sea kayaking, inflatable kayaking, mountaineering, and mountain biking. Our Leadership Summit students become certified in wilderness first aid.
Program goals and guiding principles
- Physical and emotional safety is our top priority.
- Fun and exciting outdoor activities help teens grow and gain life skills and a greater sense of self.
- Our exceptional instructor role models take a sincere interest in the growth and development of young people.
- We inspire young people to develop a lifetime love of the outdoors and with a corresponding conservation ethic.
- We empower students to create an inclusive and reflective community that maintains a culture of kindness, sense of humor, and spirit of cooperation and volunteerism.
- We strive to be a sustainable and responsive business, with a focus on our families and the quality of our programs. We form long-term relationships with our students, their families, instructors, staff, and outfitters.
Our students not only learn hard skills, like how to pitch a tent, cook in the backcountry, tie rock climbing knots, and pack a backpack, but throughout their adventure, they’re learning how to communicate face-to-face more effectively, collaborate within their peer groups, become equally good leaders and followers, think more critically during times of problem-solving, and much more! Click here to read about our Great 8 Outcomes.
Instructor role models
- Average age is 27 (minimum age is 21)
- College graduates
- At minimum, all are medically trained as wilderness first responders. However, many more have additional certifications.
- Significant experience working with teenagers in the outdoors
- Clean driving record
- Click here to read more about our instructors.
A typical trip consists of 24 students and 6 instructors* (our two-week trips have 20 students and 5 instructors); we always maintain a 4:1 or better ratio of students to instructors—the best in the industry! Throughout the trip, students will participate in smaller groups, which is where much of the bonding and magic happens. This mix of small and large group experiences is a key and unique element of our programs’ success. *Our eight-day Pacific Northwest Discovery trip has 12 students and 3 instructors.
Students and program size
We have a selective admissions process, screening new students to ensure that we create excellent peer groups. We limit our program size to 475 students, making us far more personal than larger companies.
Every year, 50–60 percent or more of our students return for another summer—2.5 times more than other programs. In addition, our instructor return rate has exceeded 60 percent every year for the past 20 years.
All outdoor equipment (backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, tent, cooking utensils, and group gear), food, and activities are including in tuition. Not included: clothing and personal items, airfare, and trip insurance.
The deposit is fully refundable (less a $50 cancellation fee) until December 31, 2019. The deposit is refundable less a $200 cancellation fee until March 2, 2020. After March 2, deposits and tuition are non-refundable. We highly encourage you to purchase trip insurance to protect your investment and ours.