Dedicated to Outdoor Adventures for Young People Ages 13 - 18

Adventure Treks at a Glance

Quick facts as you learn about the best summer of your life...

Mission: To ensure the safest, most substantive, and most exciting adventures for young people through our personal attention to every student, our caring, and our competence.

Guiding Principles:

  • Physical and emotional safety is our first priority.
  • We believe that fun, outdoor activities are the key to personal growth.
  • We hire only the most qualified instructors to lead our trips, keep our students safe, and to be outstanding mentors and role models.
  • We inspire young people to develop a lifetime love of outdoor activities, and a corresponding conservation ethic.
  • We empower and encourage students to create a culture of kindness in their groups. Our students develop a sense of mutual respect that creates lifetime friendships.
  • Long-term relationships with our students, parents and outfitters are of the utmost importance to us. We are not just a summer youth camp; we're a second family.

Destinations: Southeast, Colorado, California, Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, Alaska

Duration: 18, 20, 21, 24, 26 and 30 day programs

Activities May Include: Whitewater Rafting, Rock Climbing, Sea Kayaking, Canoeing, Backpacking, Mountaineering, Sailing, Mountain Biking, Ice Climbing, Whitewater Kayaking, Inflatable Kayaking, Day Hiking, Caving, Wilderness First Aid Instruction.
A typical trip does 4 to 7 different multi-day activities over the course of 2 or 3 weeks

Group Size: A typical trip consists of approximately 24 students with 6 instructors. Students will break into smaller groups for many activities. The unique mix of both small and larger group experiences is a key element of the program's success. For 2013, Adventure Treks summer enrollment is capped at 428 students.

Availability: Rolling admissions. Enrollment is limited to insure quality. Reserve early to avoid disappointment. Some programs fill as early as January, others may have availability through June.

All Inclusive Price: All outdoor equipment (backpacks, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, tents, and mess kits) is included in one price for tuition. Not included is clothing, airfare, souvenirs and airport meals.

Cancellation Policy: A $200 cancellation fee is charged for cancellation for any reason prior to March 1. After March 1, tuition is not refundable. We encourage you to purchase cancellation insurance for your protection. Click here to read our cancellation policy.

Instructor Minimum Requirements: College graduate, 21 years old, Certified Wilderness First Responder, three years experience working with youth outdoors, and an excellent role model. Average age is 27. Thirty percent of instructors have or are working on an advanced degree. All instructors attend 10-14 days of pre-trip training. Course leaders receive an additional 5 days of training.

Safety Record: Since 1978, Adventure Treks has safely served over 12,000 students and maintained an outstanding and enviable safety record. Adventure Treks has been a continued winner of the Markel Safety Award.

Reputation: Adventure Treks is renowned as a leader in the outdoor and summer camp fields. We have consistently earned the highest repeat rate of any similar program for both students and instructors. Please speak with references to learn the distinct differences between Adventure Treks and other programs.


Executive Director and Founder, John Dockendorf. 35 years of experience, Masters Degree in Management, Cornell University School of Hotel Administration; Bachelor of Science, Recreation Management, University of Vermont.

Director, Dave McGlashan.17 years of experience, Bachelors Degree in Human Ecology and Masters Degree in Recreation and Tourism Management, both from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

History: Adventure Treks has been operating summer trips for teenagers since 1994. (2013 is our 20th summer.) We were formerly the outdoor education arm of Globe Treks, Inc. Our outdoor education programs for schools have been operating continuously since 1978 (35 Years).


Imagine you are embarking on a grand adventure! Where do you want to explore?

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West Coast Selected
West Coast
California Selected
Alaska Selected
Pacific Northwest Selected
Pacific Northwest
Colorado Selected
British Columbia Selected
British Columbia
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My idea of FUN includes!

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Rock Climbing Selected
Rock Climbing
Mountain Biking Selected
Mountain Biking
Ice Climbing Selected
Ice Climbing
Whitewater Rafting Selected
Whitewater Rafting
Mountain Summit Selected
Mountain Summit
Canoeing Selected
Caving Selected
Backpacking Selected
Sea Kayaking Selected
Sea Kayaking
Zip Lining Selected
Zip Lining
Tent Camping Selected
Tent Camping

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I want to make friends with other kids who are...

13-14 Selected
14-15 Selected
15-17 Selected
16-18 Selected
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Which statement best describes you?

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Excited to try something new Selected
Excited to try something new
I have been to sleepaway camp Selected
I have been to sleepaway camp
I am physically fit Selected
I am physically fit
I am a nature lover Selected
I am a nature lover
I want to improve my leadership skills Selected
I want to improve my leadership skills
I want to gain confidence Selected
I want to gain confidence
I want to escape electronics Selected
I want to escape electronics

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I am ready to depart...

...the moment school is out! Selected
...the moment school is out!
...after a break, I have a busy summer! Selected
...after a break, I have a busy summer!
...anytime Selected

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Your Perfect Trip