Into The Wild

This three day and two night backpacking adventure is designed for boys and girls ages nine to twelve years old. Trips are separated by gender.

To meet demand we’ve expended trip offerings. Please see dates and registration links below.

On this backpacking adventure, campers will explore the vast Sierra Nevada Mountains, learn its history and orienteer using map and compass.

At base camp, campers will help cook meals, set and breakdown camp, clean up, learn camping best practices and more!

This backcountry experience will hone camper strength, confidence and perseverance. Values we hope endure long after this adventure ends.

To ensure safety and best practices we utilize Tahoe Expedition Academy certified guides and best practices. A 6:1 camper to guide ratio is maintained at all times.

Camp Details

Ages: Designed for campers 9 to 12 years old.

Experience Level: Beginner to Intermediate.

Gender: Girls and Boys

Days / Times: 

  • Girls Trips:
    • Girls Trip #1 runs from Monday morning July 8 to Wednesday afternoon July 10, 2019.
    • Girls Trip #2 runs from Monday morning July 22 to Wednesday afternoon July 24, 2019.
    • Girls Trip #3 runs from Monday morning August 5 to Wednesday afternoon August 8, 2019.
  • Boys Trips:
    • Boys Trip #1 Monday morning June 24 to Wednesday afternoon June 26, 2019.
    • Boys Trip #2 Monday morning July 15 to Wednesday afternoon July 17, 2019.
    • Boys Trip #3 Monday morning July 29 to Wednesday afternoon July 31, 2019.

Times:  8:00am Monday to  ~ 3:00pm on Wednesday.

Where: On Monday, depart from Tahoe Expedition Academy’s new campus in Martis Valley located at 9765 Shaffer Mill Rd. Truckee, CA 96161 . Parent pickup from same location on Wednesday afternoon. Specifics will be communicated to registrants.

Provided Gear: Tahoe Summer Camps has overnight backpacks, tents, group cooking supplies and necessities available, at no additional charge. Food is also included in camp registration.

Campers Will Supply:

  • Sleeping Bag
  • Toiletries
  • Medication (if needed)
  • Clothing, shoes and bathing suit
  • Headlamp
  • Snacks
  • 2 Water Bottles

Cost: $495

Example Itinerary

Note: Summer 2019 trip details will be communicated to parents and participants in advance of departure. Locations may change, challenges and many lessons will not.

Sample Itinerary from past backpacking adventure below:

Day 1 – TEA Campus – Echo Lake Trailhead – Tamarack Lake

Through new, challenging experiences campers will learn to recognize their own personal strengths and develop the skills they need to survive in the wilderness and be a leader back at home.

8:00am – 9:00am: Greeting, reading and initiative
9:00am – 12:00pm: Drive to then launch from Big Meadow trailhead
12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch
1:00pm – 7:00pm: Continue hike to Round Lake, make camp on the shores of Round Lake, explore and dinner
7:00pm – 9:00pm: Closing Circle (reflection and appreciation) and lights out 


Day 2 – Tamarack Lake – Aloha Lake  – Camp at Susie Lake

Campers will experience a true backcountry trip with the breaking down and setting up of their camps and moving their gear to a new site further in the backcountry. They will gain insight and proficiency in Leave No Trace Ethics.


8:00am – 9:00am: Wakeup and breakfast
9:00am – 12:00pm: Break camp and backpack to Aloha Lake
12:00pm – 1:30pm: Swim then Lunch
1:30pm – 7:00pm: Continue to hike, swim and explore, make way to evening camping spot. Eat dinner
7:00pm – 8:00pm: Closing Circle (reflection and appreciation) and lights out 

Day 3 – Susie Lake – Trailhead – TEA Campus

Participants will lead the hike back to the pick-up zone to demonstrate their new wilderness knowledge and skills. They will use their navigation tools and abilities to guide the team and assess and manage risks along the way.

8:00am – 9:00am: Breakfast, break camp
9:00am – 12:00pm: Backpack to Trailhead
12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch, load vehicle for return to campus
1:00pm – 2:30pm: Drive back to campus

2:30pm – 3:00pm: Closing Circle (reflection and appreciation and departure).

Camper Photos


Boys’ Youth Backpacking Adventure #1

06/24/2019 – 06/26/2019

Girls’ Youth Backpacking Adventure #1

07/08/2019 – 07/10/2019

Boys’ Youth Backpacking Adventure #2

07/15/2019 – 07/17/2019

Girls’ Youth Backpacking Adventure #2

07/22/2019 – 07/24/2019

Boys’ Youth Backpacking Adventure #3

07/129/2019 – 07/31/2019

Girls’ Youth Backpacking Adventure #3

08/05/2019 – 08/07/2019