Pre-Summer FAQs

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.

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Will I be able to talk to my student's instructors before the trip?

Your family will receive a phone call from the Adventure Treks instructors a few days before the trip begins. At this time, they may follow up on any medical conditions, allergies, food restrictions, etc., answer last-minute questions, and take the opportunity to welcome your student to Adventure Treks.

Can I contact my child during the trip?

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 and a few times throughout the trip.

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.

How will I know what my child is doing?

Every trip has its own trip blog that we update throughout the trip. It will include a report and/or photos on the last few days’ activities, recent culinary highlights, achievements, and anything else the students find interesting and exciting.

To access the trip blog updates, log in to your CampInTouch account and click on News (for written updates) or Photos (for albums). Remember, due to the wilderness nature of our trips, groups are not always in cell service, and we are unable to post updates every day; rather, instructors will send information when they’re in service. No news is good news.

What does my child need to bring?

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 their cell phone to take photos, we recommend bringing a point-and-shoot camera or GoPro with extra batteries (not a rechargeable battery set, as students will not be able to charge those).

Who will greet my child at the airport?

For 2020: All families need to drive to opening day at Adventure Treks.

In a typical year: 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 them as soon as the plane lands and let them 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.