Olympia Youth Outreach Committee

Olympia Youth Outreach Committee

Join us as we explore opportunities to bring outdoor experiences to youth through outdoor youth activities and family programs.


With the focus on youth under the age of 14, our Olympia Branch allows youth to learn from highly skilled volunteer educators to bring the deepest and most personalized experience available. 

Summer Camp

Youth ages 5-10 can join The Mountaineers  for a week long summer-day camp in August. They will learn  outdoor skills such as climbing, hiking, kayaking, navigation, camp cooking, survival skills, and more!  This is a great opportunity for  youth to learn skills and spend time outside with new friends.


Family hiking

Family hikes are scheduled all year long and are led by skilled and experienced Mountaineers whose goals are the safety and enjoyment of the whole team. They are meant to be short and engaging for kids and often feature special interests such as scavenger hunts, haunted towns, interesting wildlife both inland and on the beach, and great snacks. 
Family hikes are run through the Hiking Committee and must always include an authorized adult for any child who signs up. The adult is responsible for managing their kids so that the leaders can successfully manage the activity. 
Contact Carla Jonientz for more information at carlajonientz@yahoo.com.

Outdoor-skills courses

These courses are designed to teach Family Essentials to both the family and the youth. They are taught throughout the year and may include: Successful Backpacking with Kids, Packing Food for the Back Country, Outdoor Skills for Families,  Exploring the Wilderness Safely, and Camping basics. 

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urban adventures

These adventures include exciting urban or rural activities for the family that encourage a connection with the outdoors. This may include razor clamming, street scrambles, orienteering, berry picking, boating, Hands On Children's Museum events and more. We also participate in several stewardship outreach activities that offer families an opportunity to serve.

Mountain workshops

This is our outreach program. We partner with youth-serving organizations to provide outdoor experiences that help get kids and families out of doors safely and successfully. Our programs are custom designed to provide experiences that can include hikes and snowshoe outings, outdoor skills and essentials, First aid, Navigation, Leave-No-Trace ethics, and more. We have worked with groups such as Big Brother Big Sister, Girl Scouts, City of Olympia, school classes, and more.
LEARN MOREand email beckyn@mountaineers.org to start planning your workshop today!

VOlunteer with the youth

We are always looking for volunteers to help mentor and lead our youth! Want to volunteer with our youth programs? Become a Qualified Youth Leader!