Tracking & Backpacking
In this program, we will spend three days and two nights in backcountry camps in Point Reyes as we get to know various ecosystems along with their local plants and animals. From the temperate rainforest near Sky Camp all the way to the sea at Coast Camp, we will learn to navigate the coast using ancient and modern technology. Star-gazing & sun dials will balance our map and compass as we wander the trails of deer and coyote. Carrying all our supplies upon our backs, we will purify our own water and make fire by friction. We will practice the way of the scout – tracking animals, plants, tides, lunar rhythms, and ourselves – connecting deeply with the land and each other. This tween trip will include various forms of solo time as well, from sit spots to sunsets, allowing each youth to listen to nature inside and out. As we observe how local wildlife relates to one another, we will explore our own group dynamics and communication on trail and in camp.
We will be preparing our meals and moving camp daily, experiencing a nomadic lifestyle.
In addition to our core curriculum, this camp may include:
- Animal tracking
- Bird Language
- Fire by friction & fire tending
- Orienteering with map and compass
- Aidless navigation and ‘lost-proofing’
- Solo time and opportunity for artistic expression
- Backpacking and camping skills
- Wilderness safety
- ‘Leave No Trace’ ethics
- Nature Awareness skills
- Scout games and practices
- Wild edible and medicinal plant ID and use
- Tracking & Backpacking (Co-ed)
11am, July 17th - 2pm, July 19
- Tracking & Backpacking for Girls
11am, August 8th - 2pm, August 10th
- Tracking & Backpacking for Boys
11am, August 15th - 2pm, August 17th
Interested in a backpacking trip for older kids? Contact us to let us know.