Join our hiking and backpacking youth and adult leaders for a night of fun and friendship! Hear about amazing trips girls took this year and exciting treks planned for 2019. Experienced, brand-new, and future hikers are all welcome, as are friends. Email or call 619-298-8391 for more information, and check out videos from past Hikerfests.
The Hiking and Backpacking Program
Every year, we offer great new 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 our Basic Backpacking course and Advanced Backpacking trips. Class fees include course materials and a "10 Essentials" starter kit.
First in the outdoor progression, this one-day training teaches adults and girls (grade 6 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.
Basic Backpacking Training
Basic Backpacking teaches everything adults and girls (grade 7 and up) 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. Training includes classroom instruction, group day hike and backpacking trip.
Special Session: Basic Backpacking at Camp Winacka
For girls (entering grades 8-12) only. Adult leadership will be provided by council backpacking trainers and camp staff. Girls train and practice at Camp Winacka, then set out on a trip at the end of their stay.
For this trip only, Wilderness Hiking is not a prerequisite. The Wilderness Hiking curriculum will be covered extensively as part of the camp session.
This third step in training safely takes girls and adults on unforgettable wilderness adventures, where they'll enjoy the majesty of nature along with the camaraderie of fellow backpacking enthusiasts, while building skills to a higher level.
Youth and Adult Leadership
We welcome new adult and youth leaders to help teach our hiking and backpacking courses. You must be trained one level above your teaching status (e.g., Basic Backpacking trained to teach Wilderness Hiking).
Youth and adult volunteers are a tremendous asset on any hiking and backpacking trip. Our youth leaders particularly benefit from the opportunity to teach others while upholding the high standards of our program, and sharing not just their knowledge, but their passion for the outdoors. Please contact Monet Richter, (619) 610-0818, for more information on how to volunteer.