Washington Lil's Adventure

Trip Highlights: 
  • Learn to tent camp
  • Backpacking Olympic Natl' Park
  • Explore the Hoh Rainforest
  • Tidepooling & beach time
  • Soaking in natural hot spring pool
  • Make new and lasting friends
  • Outdoor skills and campfire
  • Camping in the Pacific NW
Trip Details: 

Dates:  August 4 - 10, 2016
Ages:  11-12 (grades 5 & 6)
Tuition:  $980 (+ transportation)
Start:  Seattle, Washington
End:   Seattle, Washington
Travel:  Travel Information
Packing:  Packing List
Status:  Available Register Now

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"My daughter Emma went to Alpengirl at age 11. She is almost 17 now and still talking about it - I found the staff to be extremely personable, responsible and authentic. We live in Texas and I sent Emma all the way to Washington to do the camp and she didn't even know anyone. She loved it and grew confident in her relational and camping skills as well. Now Emma would like to be a leader of the camps one day. My other daughter Grace, 13 next month, went to Alpengirl in Montana last summer. Another gold medal experience!! She still wears her Alpengirl t-shirt at least once a week to school! Alissa and her crew are irreplaceable!" ~ Julie (Texas)  Read More Testimonial Reviews

Trip Description

A 1-Week Summer Adventure Camp in Washington for Preteen Girls Age 11 and 12

Outgoing and energetic, the girls of the Washington Lil’s camp are excited to find their inner adventuress!

This is a one-week overnight camp introduction to all things Alpengirl, such as outdoor camp cooking, campfire building, daily yoga, Alpenolympic games, road-side dance parties, camp skills and beads, end of session awards ceremony and, of course, making lots of new friends! 

During this camp, girls will have a blast outside, hiking, swimming, playing on the beach, and backpacking, while embracing their independence away from home, many for the very first time. The goal of this camp is to get girls comfortable being at an overnight adventure camp, while packing their days with tons of fun activities.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Arriving at SeaTac International Airport in Seattle, WA, your Alpenguides will greet you and introduce you to the rest of your group. Icebreakers, name games, and get-to-know-you fun abounds before you and your new expedition mates hop in the van and drive to our first campsite.

Once we arrive, we'll learn how to set up our tents and enjoy the first of many delicious and fresh camp meals like cheesy chicken burritos with organic blue corn chips and salsa followed by a suprise dessert! It's a long first day today, so we'll try to get to settle into our tents early tonight for a good nights rest. 

Days 2-4: A casual daily yoga start and it’s time for our first expedition! For the next three days, we’ll be backpacking and camping along the majestic coast of Washington State. 

Before we drive to the trailhead, your experienced Alpenguides will teach you how to properly pack your backpack, lift it safely onto your back, and adjust and carry it throughout the expedition. Packing only the essentials, we’ll leave our van and extra gear behind, grab our cameras, and hit the beach!

Our first day of backpacking will be a leisurely 1.5 miles hike up the sand to our campsite. We’ll learn how to set up tents on beach terrain and gather endless amounts of driftwood that litter the beach for a warm campfire that will cut the chill this evening.

Waking up the next day, we’ll take a hike to the high ridge above our campsite, explore the ebb and flow of tidepools and play tons of beach Alpenolympics. The bravest Alpengirls will have a chance to take a quick dip in the frigid waters of Washington’s Coast, but can always come back to the fire to warm up. 

Tonight, we'll build and gather around a campfire to roast marshmallows, sing campfire songs, and have our famous Alpenolympic Talent Show, before snuggling into our sleeping bags for our last night on the coast.

Rising with the sun, we’ll hike back to the van at low tide and drive to our next campsite to clean up and rest before our second backpacking trip tomorrow.

Days 5-6: Pack up, Alpengirls, because we’re heading out again! This time, our challenge will be a 10-mile (round-trip) out-and-back hike along the Hoh River in Olympic National Park.

This hike is relatively flat, and girls will get to experience the Jurassic beauty of the tangled ferns and massive trees that tower above us as we hike. 

After setting up camp, we’ll have the chance to gather driftwood to make a fire, but not before we splash around in the river, skip stones, and maybe even spot an elk!

The next morning, a quick breakfast will fuel us as we hike back to the van and drive to the Sol Duc hot spring pool. As a reward for our hard work, we’ll have a swim and a soak, and take showers before we have our traditional end of session awards ceremony and participate in the Alpenwear fashion show and sales event.

Day 7: It’s time to go home! Exchanging hugs with your friends, you’ll depart from SeaTac International Airport in Seattle, WA, knowing that you are now an official Alpengirl and we’ll be a part of our fantastic community for life. See you next summer!

PLEASE NOTE: This is a sample itinerary. Alpengirl reserves the right to cancel or alter any aspect of our program, including program itinerary, trip dates, activities or location, as a result of unforeseen circumstances, including weather, environment, or health hazards. To the best of our ability, substitutions of activities will be comparable to, or better than the original activity. Parents will be notified by email if there are any significant itinerary changes.

Trip Campsites & Amenities

Three nights are spent in tents in public “front country” campgrounds where we have pre-assigned campsites with neighbors and campground hosts nearby, running potable water, and private outhouses or flushing toilets.

Three nights are spent in tents in wilderness “back country” areas where we will purify our water before drinking and learn and practice basic Leave No Trace camping skills such as how to select a campsite, how to go to the bathroom, and how to keep clean outdoors. ALL backcountry campsites in this itinerary have an outhouse available to us.

Why Choose This Trip

Washington Lil’s camp session is just for 11 and 12 year-olds! Attending this camp is a great way to introduce younger girls to the experience of outdoor living and backpacking, while still action packed. Washington Lil’s will be challenged to experience new things, but will have tons of fun with a great group of girls and guides.

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