Who: Ages 13-17
What: Backpacking treks across northern Sonoma County backcountry
When: June 22 – 25, 2020 (This year’s program has been cancelled due to Covid-19)
Why: Build backpacking skills, make new friends, connect with nature
Cost: $400, includes transportation, meals, equipment, and instruction
Scholarships: Full and partial available based on need
Our 2020 Backcountry Basics program has been cancelled due to Covid-19 and County Health Orders. We are unable to offer overnight camps at this time.
Unplug, get outside, and connect with nature and each other! Join our experienced field specialists for a hiking adventure through the Sonoma County backcountry. Learn all about trip planning, including compass and map reading. Study the basics of water filtration and safety practices on the trail. Meet new people. Gain confidence in yourself and test your limits in a safe and supported environment. And camp out under the stars!
Never backpacked before? You are welcome no matter what your skill level! We won’t be covering huge distances each day. And we have gear to lend for anyone who needs it.
Staff Safety Training
Our experienced and engaging field specialists are trained in CPR and swift water rescue. And they have years of experience working with youth in outdoor settings. Staff to camper ratio is generally one staff to 10 campers. Skilled and trained volunteers assist throughout the day, making the adult to camper ratio closer to 1 adult to 5 campers. All staff and volunteers have been fingerprinted.
Thank you for your interest in the Backcountry Basics: Intro to Backpacking! LandPaths stands by the goal of offering confidence-building, nature-based trek experiences to all teens All families are asked to contribute $50 to hold a space for your child. We offer full and half scholarships based on need and available spots. Transportation is not guaranteed, but your needs will be considered. Scroll down to find scholarship applications.