Teen Winter Spring Camps


“This man did not know cold. Possibly, all the generations of his ancestry had been ignorant of cold, of real cold, of cold 107 degrees below freezing point. But the dog knew; all its ancestry knew, and it had inherited the knowledge.” Jack London

cross country skiing

General Information Teen One-Week Winter Camps – Three Sessions

Date:

Ages:

13 – 18

Max Enrolment:

21 (7 per mentor)

Location:

Boundary County Idaho, Sawtooth Forest. We will Pick up and drop off at Spokane, Washington airport and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Type of Camp:

Teen Winter Camp with Lodging and Meals with Opportunities for Primitive Camping and Deep Wilderness Skills

Cost:

Activities:

Activities: Traditional camp activities, winter bushcrafts skills, winter survival skills, nature photography, shelter building, chores around the farm, working with livestock and so much more.

Prerequisite:

None

Skill Level:

Basic to Advanced

Description:

More than a taste of the great outdoors during the winter. There is plenty to do for all skill levels and abilities and all under the mentorship of those skilled and experienced.

There are winter chores to do including feeding the animals, gathering wood, and more. We will have time to do the sports that all our campers remember throwing tomahawks, shooting archery, rifles, and trap, and learning bushcrafts. Some might want to go on nature walk, track moose and elk, do a sit, and do some nature journaling, note-sketching, or nature photography then come back and display your work in the warmth of the lodge.

Teen Adventures

Those that are ready for advanced skills might want to come get out of their comfort zone and to learn basic to advanced winter and ice camping skills such as cooking on a campfire in the snow, or the challenges of cooking on various backpacking stoves when on snow. Learn winter access skills including snowshoeing, cross country, or telemark skiing. Practice winter tracking skills, Learn the winter survival techniques of making and staying comfortable in an ice cave, signs of hypothermia, hypothermia prevention, and first aid, avalanche avoidance, develop skills using avalanche transponders, probes, and shovels. Some might want to not only shoot rifle and shotguns but make ammo; some might want to tie flies and do some fishing.

Evenings we will enjoy the fire connecting with old and new friends that are like minded.

There is plenty to enjoy and learn, regardless of interest, you will make memories that will last a lifetime.

Teen One-Week Spring Camp – Two-Sessions

This is an introduction to our teen programs, come out and enjoy spring break at camp in the Sawtooth Forest

Date:

Ages: 13 - 18

Max Enrollment: 21 (7 per mentor)

Location: Location: Boundary County Idaho, Sawtooth Forest

Type of Camp: Overnight Primative Camping

Cost: $1,250

Activities: Traditional camp activities, spring bushcrafts skills, winter survival skills (depending on snow load), nature photography, shelter building, chores around the farm, working with livestock and so much more.

Prerequisite: None

Skill Level: None

Description: A great way to spend time in the great outdoors during spring break. Go deep in to bushcraft skills.

teen girls making burn bowl

Teen Adventures

There is plenty to enjoy and learn, regardless of interest, you will make memories that will last a lifetime.

Additional Resources for Home-Scholars:

Here are some resources relating to winter camping; though not up in Alaska and it is unlikely the temperature will be below zero but this might be of interest for those that have a passion for history and the hard life of those that went before.

Literature

 

Wilderness Safety

Avalanche Awareness, Avoidance, Safety, and Tools

Nature Connection

An Ice Camping Journal Entry by Brian King

"In all my wild mountaineering, I have enjoyed only one avalanche ride; and the start was so sudden, and the end came so soon, I thought but little of the danger that goes with this sort of travel, though one thinks fast at such times."
—John Muir
"Colder by the hour, more dead with every breath."
—John Green
"Nature is a profoundly deep part of us. Our species has spent 99.9% of the past 200,000 years thriving in nature, building shelter, making clothing, making fire, finding drinking water, tracking and harvesting food. For our species survival we had to be deeply connected to nature."
—Brian King