Beginner Backpack Trip - 2021

Youth Program

Mountaineers Summer Camp - Olympia

Come enjoy a GREAT Beginner Backpacking Trip along Dosewallips River!

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers course.

Dosewallips River is a perfect backpacking trip for everyone. The low mileage and elevation gain are great for first-timers and the beautiful scenery can be enjoyed by all. This camp is open to kids ages 10 to 14 and includes transportation, food, and backcountry skills lessons.

We will send a detailed packing list to all campers 2 weeks prior to the backpack trip. Campers will have a chance to request and borrow overnight gear and a  Backpack check will take place on Tuesday, July 20st between 6:30-8:30 with a leader. 

Campers will be dropped off at the Rose Garden in Priest Point Park on Tuesday morning at 9am. After a few ice breaker games, a gear check, and Food preparations, we will load the cars and hit the road! On the trail we'll learn about leave no trace, native plants, backpacking techniques, and more! Campers are expected to carry their personal gear and some of the group gear. After arriving to Elkorn campground, we'll set up camp and take time to explore, play games, and practice skills such as navigation and outdoor cooking.

Wednesday begins with a hearty breakfast and games. We will enjoy an afternoon hike to a nearby waterfall and to the old abandoned campgrounds, and finish the day with a warm campfire. Thursday morning will be enjoyed exploring the forested areas nearby before returning to breakdown camp and hike back out with our new skills, friends, and fun memories. Pick up is at the Rose Garden at 4pm.


  • Registration opens February 1
  • Drop off: 9am on Tuesday
  • Pick up: 4pm on Thursday
  • Detailed packing list will be sent out prior to camp
  • Please note: all outdoor activities are weather and condition dependent.


Camp capacity is limited to 7 campers at this time and campers should plan to bring masks and hand sanitizer of their own. Campers will be required to share a tent with only members of their household. Staff are monitoring the process of reopening closely and will continue to share updates and changes as they occur.


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Program Requirements

This program has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment
  • Sleeping bag, sleeping pad, & pillow
  • Favorite snacks
  • 1 change of clothes
  • Hiking boots
  • Sun protection
  • Mask and Hand Sanitizer
  • *Note: Gear can be loaned out to participants who are in need. 
  • ** A more detailed packing list will be emailed out a week before camp*
Program Materials

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