Take your kids backpacking!

Have you made a New Year's Resolution to get your kids out backpacking, but don't know where to start? Check out this new course designed for parents with some backpacking experience who want to take their children (little ones to teenagers) backpacking.
Cheryl Talbert Cheryl Talbert
Backpack Leader
January 11, 2017
Take your kids backpacking!

Backpacking with your kids in the backcountry can be a rewarding adventure for children and parents alike. Unplug, expose your kids to the joys of being outdoors, be together as a family, and watch your children mature into outdoor enthusiasts.

Our Backpacking course, open to members from any branch, is for parents with some backpacking experience and their little ones age 0-6 (make it fun and simple), grade school kids (fun and adventure), or teens (challenge and learn skills)! The course runs from May - October, and will teach you skills in the classroom then take you outside to use them!

The course includes:

  • An evening information session for parents (and their teens). 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 optional car camp in a nearby park to help families get some practice with new gear and skills in a non-threatening environment.
  • An overnight backpack trip led by Mountaineers leaders  in the Cascade wilderness.  Multiple destinations will be offered to accommodate the ages, interests, and abilities of enrolled families.
  • Backpacking with kids resource recommendations.

Join us for this family friendly course that`ll get your kids excited to explore and share time with you outside.

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