We know that sending your child on a summer outdoor adventure program can be stressful for you as a parent. At Adventure Treks, we do everything we can to put your mind at ease. We don’t see you or your child as business— you’re part of our Adventure Treks family. We have an impeccable safety record, and the overwhelming majority of our students have such a good time that they return to us for multiple summers!
Here are a few questions that may help you prepare.
Your family will receive a phone call from the Adventure Treks office about one week before the trip begins. At this time, we will confirm your student’s travel plans and answer any last-minute questions. Your family may also receive a phone call several days before arrival from the instructor team. The instructors may ask follow-up questions about any medical issues or dietary constraints, and take the opportunity to welcome your student to Adventure Treks. As always, we are happy to answer any questions you may have.
We want our students to feel fully immersed in their outdoor adventure, so we only allow them to use their cell phones on logistics and traveling days. You can, however, expect a phone call from your child when he or she arrives at the airport, 4 to 5 days after arriving, and once more before returning home. You can also expect a few postcards from your child and his or her instructors.
Of course, if there is an emergency or you need to contact your child right away during the trip, you can call us, and we will get your child to a phone as quickly as possible.
Every trip has its own “Treks Checks” blog that we update 5–6 times throughout the trip. It will include a report on the last few days’ activities, recent culinary highlights, achievements, photos, and anything else the students find interesting and exciting. Each time a new blog is posted, you will receive an email with a direct link to the update.
Each adventure has a trip-specific packing list that details what your child needs to bring. Adventure Treks provides all of the necessary outdoor equipment, including a backpack, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad.
Your child does need to bring a good pair of boots (break them in before coming!), a bookbag, and a soft-sided duffel bag (80–90 liters in size) with no wheels. Students will not have to carry all of their equipment at once; we only carry what is necessary for the current activity, and leave the rest of our gear in a secure location.
Because your child will not have access to his or her cell phone to take photos, we recommend bringing a point-and-shoot camera with extra batteries (not a rechargeable battery set, as students will not be able to charge those).
We try our best to meet all of our students as they walk off the plane. All students traveling as an Unaccompanied Minor will be signed for at their gate by an Adventure Treks instructor. For students not traveling as an Unaccompanied Minor: If we are unable to meet your student at the gate due to several flights arriving at once, we will call him/her as soon as the plane lands and let him/her know exactly where to meet us. All instructors will be wearing an Adventure Treks hat and T-shirt. Please read more about opening and closing days here.