Outdoor Adventure Camp

Sessions 1 and  2
Grades 6-9

Full Day 9:00 AM – 3:45 PM, including one overnight trip each session.

Program Coordinator: Justin Worley

Explore, hike, kayak, and camp!

Each session includes a 3-day, 2-night camping trip. Lunch is provided on days campers are on campus. All food is provided on the overnight camping trips.

Attitude, motivation, and an interest in the outdoors are the keys to success in this camp. 

If you love camping, hiking, exploring and being outside, then this is the camp for you!  This camp is for older campers wishing to explore the outdoor world while gaining new skills and abilities. For older campers, we have put together a co-ed camp where young people can experience the art of teamwork, outdoor skills, environmental stewardship, leadership skills as well as life skills. We provide a safe, non-competitive environment where campers can experience a wide range of outdoor activities. Campers will be able to use the skills they learn in each session on the variety of field trips they attend. Our goal is to develop in campers the enjoyment of the outdoors, the desire to return to the outdoors in their own lives, and concern for the continual preservation of the wilderness for future generations. In addition to an overnight trip planned each session, campers will attend numerous day field trips. We strongly encourage campers to leave electronics behind to enjoy and explore nature.   

Lunch is included on days campers are on campus, and ALL meals are provided on overnight trips.  On day field trips, campers will pack or buy lunch.  Please refer to the session calendar which indicates which days you will need to pack a lunch. If a camper forgets a lunch, we will provide one; however, families will receive a bill for any days that they do not have a lunch on designated “pack a lunch day”. Our kitchen is not stocked to provide bagged camper lunches so, please do your very best not to forget.

Be sure to download the main calendar and the packing list, and waivers for off-campus trips off the website. All overnights will return to The Athenian School between 4:30 and 5 PM in order to have a full day on their last day of the campout before coming back to Athenian.
Items campers should bring/wear to camp daily are:
• 1 pair of sturdy shoes with good tread for hiking
• A reusable water bottle
• Sunscreen
• Bathing suit and towel for pool time (swimming option available on most days)
• A book, magazine or comic for daily reading time (25 minutes)
• Hat and Sunglasses (optional)

List of 2 items.

  • Session 1: Santa Cruz Camping Adventure

    This camping adventure takes place at a state park located in beautiful Santa Cruz! Campers will participate in group games, team-building, and a day of visiting the unbelievable sights of Elk Horn Slough.  We will be kayaking through the waters of Elk Horn Sough where close encounters with seals, sea lions, and sea otters are not uncommon.  Our guides from Kayak Connection are knowledgeable, fun, and experts on the water.  We’ll be hanging out on the beach, play group games in the sand or spend the day catching waves. We’ll return to the campsite for more games, stories around the fire, and of course…. s’mores!

    Please be sure to download the Sunrise Mountain Sports Kayak Center waiver and Kayak Connection Waiver and sign and return to Debra Ataman before the first day of camp.

    Overnight
    : Sunset State Beach Campground, Santa Cruz Boardwalk, & Kayaking at Elk Horn Slough with Kayak Connection 

    Day trips include: Rock City, Iron Horse Trail, Lafayette Reservoir, and kayaking safety course at Lake del Valle
  • Session 2: White Water Rafting

    Session 2
    Always the highlight of every summer, this adventure takes place on the American River, where we will raft some exciting Class II & III rapids, led by certified professional river guides!  On our way to Sacramento, we will stop at Raging Waters and get our first taste of wild waters.  Once we reach the river, campers will enjoy the water while playing group games and participating in team challenges. Of course, the highlight of our time will be on the river itself.  Back at the campsite, we will enjoy some more organized group games as well as playing cards and exploring by the river. Space is limited so be sure to sign up early!  

    Overnight
    : two nights of rafting on the American River & Raging Waters Sacramento

    Day trips include: Rock City, Yerba Buena Gardens of San Francisco, Adventure Playground of Berkeley, and bike riding the Iron Horse Trail