Backpacking with Kids Course: May-Sept 2018

Do you have a dream of backpacking with your kids in the back country? Of unplugging, watching your kids discover the joys of being outdoors, being together as a family, and watching your children mature into outdoor enthusiasts? This course is a low-stress way of learning some helpful tips and skills to make this happen in the company of experienced instructors and other families!
Cheryl Talbert Cheryl Talbert
January 30, 2018

Many current Mountaineers had their start as kids when their parents got them out into the backcountry and taught them the skills and resilience to enjoy the outdoor world. Be a part of continuing this legacy with your own kids, by taking the Backpacking with Kids Course.

The course was held for the first time in 2017, and seven families joined - a wonderful time was had by all!

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This course is for parents with some backpacking experience and little ones age 0-6 (make it fun and simple), grade school kids (fun and adventure), or teens (challenge and learn skills)!  The course includes:

  • An evening information session for parent(s) Friday, May 18, 6:30-9:00pm, at The Mountaineers Program Center`s room Goodman A. Teens are welcome but this session is not appropriate for young kids. Learn about trip planning, on the trail tips, kid oriented gear and food, safety, and other tips and tricks from experienced parents that backpack with their kids aged 2-19.
  • An overnight group practice camp with your family at Tolt River-John MacDonald Park in Carnation the weekend of June 16-17. Walk in 1/2 mile, sleep in your tent, test your gear, go on a day hike, and practice for a real wilderness backpack trip.
  • Backpacking with kids resource recommendations.
  • Parents are expected to participate with their kids in all the activities.
Later on,  during the summer months, backpacking trips will be offered on the Mountaineers backpacking activity page for families in the course to participate in, designed for the ages of kids that are signed up for the course. These  are not a required part of the course but everyone has a blast and we hope that families participate.
The investment you make now will pay off in kids who are engaged, competent outdoor adventurers and advocates, and hours of family fun in the backcountry!