Wilderness Leadership Treks

For the adventurous teen currently in grades 9 or 10 (ages 14 -16)

2019 Camp Dates: July 21- August 2

Wilderness Leadership Treks enable older campers to gain confidence and competence in a challenging new environment while building leadership skills and resiliency as part of a close-knit group.  Each session includes a multi-day backpacking trip and a multi-day canoeing trip, with time to experience favorite Hosmer Point activities in between.

What You'll Gain:

Trek campers come home empowered by their on-trail leadership and learning.  Rotating leadership tasks and involvement in trip preparation provide practice in decision making, planning, and taking responsibility for group goals.  Trek campers build hard skills and confidence as they set up campsites, build fires, cook, and hike on rugged terrain; sending them back to high school with a new sense of what they can accomplish.

"Thank you for a two week adventure of a lifetime for my son. [Coming home] he seems so mature. He says he learned a lot about himself."

- Cathy

Where You'll Be and What You'll Do:

While at Hosmer Point, trek campers stay in cabins in the cabin sections, eat in the dining hall, and participate in electives and evening activities with all the other campers.  While "on trail" backpacking or canoeing, they tent camp and learn to use a campfire for cooking. The sample schedule below outlines what activities trek campers can expect, though the schedule may change based on weather and camper's interests and abilities.




Check-in, opening ceremonies

Hosmer Point
Monday Introductory backpacking & canoeing skills, electives, evening activity Hosmer Point
Tuesday Day hike, packing & planning, electives, evening activity Hosmer Point

Depart for the Long Trail

HP/Long Trail


Long Trail

Summit Jay Peak, tram ride, back to HP for evening activity

Long Trail/HP
Saturday Link Day at Hosmer Point - Call Of The Loon Race and Beach Party Hosmer Point

Pack and depart for canoe trip

HP/Green River
Monday Canoeing Green River
Tuesday Canoeing Green River
Wednesday Back to camp AM, rest period, electives, Pizza Night & Lip Sync Contest Hosmer Point

Electives or Homeward Bound activity, team competitions, Thanksgiving, closing ceremonies 

Hosmer Point


Hosmer Point


Wilderness Treks FAQ

  • How much does the Trek cost?  Wilderness Treks are the same price as our other two-week camps (we use the same sliding scale pricing, so you pay what you can afford).
  • How many campers will be on the Trek?  How many staff?  There will be up to 8 campers and two trip leaders, one male, one female.
  • Do Wilderness Trek campers need to have experience with backpacking or canoeing? No. The program is designed to teach beginning backpackers and boaters what they need to know, while still being fun and challenging for those with some experience. 
  • Do Trek campers need to have any special gear? Trek campers will need to bring a pair of (broken in) hiking boots.  Many campers also choose to bring their own backpacking pack, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad; however we also have some loaner gear.  Please contact us if your camper needs to borrow gear so we will have enough equipment.

Questions?  Email us!