After developing a love of outdoor adventure through previous Adventure Treks trips, many of our students decide to continue and strengthen their bonds to the outdoors. On Leadership Summit, our capstone program located in the wild and beautiful Pacific Northwest, you’ll begin the evolution from student to instructor, laying the foundation for planning and leading your own outdoor adventure trips. Learn and improve outdoor leadership, group facilitation, wilderness ethics, environmental education, and team-building initiatives. The itinerary is flexible, allowing students to practice their leadership skills as much as possible. Many of our Leadership Summit students go on to become Camp Pinnacle counselors!
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Portland, OR (PDX)
Backpack in Goat Rocks Wilderness
Backpacking is the staple of outdoor adventure programs. On this five-day trip in what we think is the most stunning scenery we visit, refresh your hard skills and learn how to lead backpacks. Share responsibilities with your friends as your instructors help you take ownership of the adventure.
Wilderness First Aid Certification
The WFA certification is the standard, entry-level medical training necessary at most camps and colleges. The two-day course—which covers assessment and treatment of injuries, evacuation, and prevention education—helps you practice and apply these skills in real life. Working together with your peers to overcome medical scenarios, you’ll gain confidence to help your own future students with medical emergencies.
Summit attempt of Mt. Adams
For three days, practice safety, mountaineering techniques, snow camping, and ice axe and crampon use on Mt. Adams, the second-tallest mountain in Washington at 12,280 feet.
Backpack in Olympic National Park
You and your fellow students will be responsible for leading a backpack on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula, one of the country’s most beautiful and wild beach hikes. With your instructors providing support as needed, you’ll hone your navigation and map-reading skills, camp set-up, river crossing, and decision-making over these four eye-opening days.
Summit attempt of Mt. Olympus
Begin your hike in a lush, vibrant rainforest before making the dramatic transition to crossing the Blue Glacier on a rope team. Help your instructors make decisions as you head toward the 7,980-foot apex of the mountain, and make memories to last the rest of your life as you stand atop the summit.
Whitewater raft the White Salmon River
In 2013, the New York Times rated the White Salmon River as #13 among 46 places to visit worldwide. This Wild and Scenic River is federally protected, leaving the water and forestry in pristine condition. Teamwork is required as you bounce down fun, sustained rapids; laughter is recommended.
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Included in Tuition:
- All meals
- Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, backpack, and all group gear
- Guided activities
Not Included in Tuition:
- Airfare to and from
- Trip insurance
- Personal clothing and items (see our packing list here).
Wilderness First Aid Certification
Our daughter loved not only the outdoor aspect of her 2015 Alaska trip—the beauty, the challenge and the skill development—but also the students and instructors she shared those experiences with. She jumped at the chance to have a similar experience in 2016. Adventure Treks is physically challenging but socially and emotionally rewarding. AT exposed our daughter to new and remote locations, and helped her develop the skills and confidence necessary to get tp such places. The community-mindedness of the AT staff and students gave her skills she will use both outdoors and elsewhere.
Don’t hesitate—place your child in the safe care of the AT team and see the effects of a month in the wilderness: climbing mountains, challenging theirselves, and being part of a dynamic and fun community.