Intro to Backpacking – 4-Day Summer Kids Camp

Over-night camping teaches tips and skills for backpackers

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Distance

3 Miles

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Elevation Gain

500 Feet

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Difficulty

Easy/Moderate

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Cost Per Person

$450

Hike Overview

Ages 9-11

Backpacking is one of the most rewarding and confidence boosting activities, but can be a daunting undertaking for many hikers, regardless of your experience level. This introductory camp will teach campers all the skills, tips, and tricks they need to be successful in the backcountry, and we will put those new skills to test on a one-night backpacking trip! Reserve a spot quickly before this popular camp fills up!

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Intro to Backpacking – 4-Day Summer Kids Camp

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Educational Guided Tour
Ages: 9-11

Backpacking is one of the most rewarding and confidence boosting activities, but can be a daunting undertaking for many hikers, regardless of your experience level. This introductory camp will teach campers all the skills, tips, and tricks they need to be successful in the backcountry, and we will put those new skills to test on a one-night backpacking trip! Reserve a spot quickly before this popular camp fills up!

Meeting Place: Glacier Institute Big Creek Outdoor Education Center

Check-in: 4:00 p.m.

Check-out: 12:00 p.m.

What’s Included in your Trip Fee: Meals, lodging, and transportation during camp.

**Please let us know as soon as possible if your child has any special requirements (dietary, medical, physical, etc.) so we may meet their needs. You may send snacks with your child, but all food must be stored in special bins in the Mess Hall to avoid any curious critters visiting our bunkhouses.

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What to Expect On Your Intro to Backpacking & Camping | 4-Day Camp

Campers will spend time exploring a variety of trails in the Flathead National Forest. We will stop often to learn about the amazing natural history of the area. All campers will be taught trail etiquette, how to stay hydrated, and Leave No Trace principles.

Hike Details

  • This Glacier Institute program meets at Big Creek Outdoor Education Center.
  • The program will begin 4 p.m. on day 1 and ends 12 p.m. on the final day. Please arrive 15 minutes early.
  • There is a maximum number of 24 campers per camp.
  • This program has a minimum guest count of 3 people. In the unlikely case we don’t reach that number, you will be notified prior to the event.

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What to Bring

We will be in the backcountry for almost all of your trip, so you will want to be prepared for unpredictable weather, especially rain, intense sun exposure, cold winds and maybe even snow. We have some gear items available to borrow if needed. Labeling your belongings with your name is a fantastic way to make sure they all make it home with you.

  • Comfortable Hiking Shoes
  • 1-2 liter Water Bottle
  • Backpack
  • Sleeping bag
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera (optional)
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Field Notebook with pencils

Download complete checklist here