Wilderness Hiking & Backpacking
Great outdoor adventures for girls and adults!
Designed for individuals, our three-step wilderness progression safely takes girls and adults out of the campground and into the woods. Wilderness Hiking lays a strong foundation of outdoor skills and knowledge and is a prerequisite for Basic Backpacking Course and Advanced Backpacking Trips. Class fees include course materials and a "10 Essentials" starter kit. Please use Individual Registration Form
to register by mail or fax. These are NOT troop programs.
Grade 6 and older
First in the outdoor progression, this one-day training teaches adults and girls (6th grade and up) the essential skills and knowledge necessary for exciting wilderness exploration. Our emphasis includes safety, proper gear and equipment, the Leave No Trace ethic, building independence in girls, and laying a strong foundation for more extraordinary adventures, such as backpacking. All wilderness hiking classes take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Basic Backpacking Training
($20 for class and trip, additional costs for food and gear)
Grade 7 and older
Designed for individuals, our three-step wilderness progression safely takes girls and adults out of the campground and into the woods. Step 2 is Basic Backpacking which teaches everything participants need to know to begin a true, multi-night wilderness adventure. Hikers gain the knowledge and skills they need to make important decisions about gear, clothing, and trip planning so that you can hit the trail feeling confident and self-sufficient. To receive credit for the training, participants must complete all segments of the training: Classroom instruction, group day hike and backpacking trip. Registration fees cover insurance and permits. Hikers will need to contribute additional amounts to cover trip expenses such as transportation, food and equipment rental/purchase. Carpooling is encouraged. Pre-trip planning meetings include those shown below; other dates TBD.
Basic Backpacking Classes
|Trip location||Registration closes||Class||Hike||Trip Meeting||Trip|
|Anza Borrego||Fri., 1/3/14||Sat., 1/11/14 at North Coastal||Sun., 1/12/14||Tue., 2/4/14 at Balboa Campus||Sat., 2/8/14 to|
|Lagunas||Fri., 4/25/14||Sat., 5/3/14||Sun., 5/4/14||TBD||Sat., 5/24/14 to|
|San Jacinto||Fri., 5/23/14||Sat., 5/31/14||Sun., 6/1/14||Thu., 6/12/14 at Balboa Campus||Fri., 6/20/14 to|
Special Session: Basic Backpacking at Camp Winacka
Saturday-Friday, July 6-12, 2013 (Session WIN-3)
For girls (entering grades 8-12) only. Adult leadership will be provided by council backpacking trainers and camp staff.
Registration will be through the resident camp system
Participants will train and practice at Camp Winacka, then set out on a trip at the end of their stay. Trip location TBD.
Wilderness Hiking is NOT a prerequisite for this trip only, due to the extensive preparation at camp before the trip. Wilderness Hiking curriculum will be covered at camp.
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