Youth Leadership Adventures

Youth Leadership Adventures Backcountry trips are for motivated high school students seeking a fun and challenging summer adventure in the North Cascades!

Trip Dates 2022

2022
SESSIONS

     

Application
Deadline

        

SESSION ONE: 
July5-12
(9-day) 
TBD

        

Applications open in February!

SESSION TWO: 
July 25-Aug 3
(9-day)

TBD

      

Applications open in February!

SESSION THREE:
August 16-24
(9-day)
      TBD

    

Applications open in February!


Program Details

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Our 9-day long backpacking and/or canoe-camping field courses connect 9th-12th grade students to the natural world while engaging in conversation about climate change and climate solutions.  In partnership with North Cascades National Park and Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, high school aged participants canoe, backpack, camp and complete stewardship projects in the North Cascades while discovering their leadership strengths, building an inclusive community with peers, & identifying pathways to a hopeful & sustainable vision of the future.  

Courses are designed for students who have no prior outdoor experience; all gear, food, and transportation from Skagit and Whatcom counties are provided. No experience is necessary and scholarships are available!

Why participate?

  • Canoe and backpack in the North Cascades
  • Meet new people and have fun
  • Learn about plants, animals and people in the North Cascades ecosystem
  • Build community and leadership skills
  • Normalize conversations about climate change and environmental justice, and build visions of a hopeful, just and sustainable future
  • Earn 15-20 community service hours, and enhance your resume and college application

2022 Trip dates: 

  • Session 1: July 5-12
  • Session 2: July 25 - August 3
  • Session 3: August 16-24

Check back to apply in February

Following the course, alumni have the opportunity to sign up for the Youth for the Environment and People (YEP!) program with RE Sources, attend the Environmental Leaders Summit in Seattle, receive year-round mentorship, and engage in local stewardship opportunities.