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Camper & Parent Reviews of Alpengirl Camp

One of the joys of Alpengirl is that on every trip, you are with new people. Everyone has a special story to tell and a special flavor to add to the group, including myself! I have learned to get along with people and keep a positive attitude. These lessons have been a GREAT benefit.

~ Stephanie (North Dakota)

I've changed so much since my first Alpengirl trip as a camper. Alpengirl has taught me so much. Now, as an intern at Alpengirl, I am more confident, I can plan out a whole trip, I can guide seven 11-year-olds, plan their food, and with the Lil' Alpengirls I was so patient! That is just something that Alpengirl does to me. It strengthens my patience a lot. I see many different sides of me here. Thank you guys so much for these awesome trips!

~ Ashley (Idaho)

I had incredible experiences both times I went to Alpengirl (except “incredible” doesn’t really begin to cover it). The combination of eating healthy food, doing daily yoga, and being active in gorgeous parts of the world made me feel the healthiest and happiest I had ever felt. I hope to come back as an Alpenguide someday, and in the meantime encourage anyone who’s interested to look into the program. You won’t regret it. Alpengirl Love!

~ Lauren (California)

I loved Alpengirl so much the first time I went, I came back the next two summers! This camp is incredible! All the guides I had were amazing, and I made great friends each time i went. Every single moment was fun! Alpengirl is a truly amazing experience, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it. There are things I learned at Alpengirl that I still use in my life today!

~ Ashley (Idaho)

Out of the many camps I’ve been to (and there have been A LOT), Alpengirl was BY FAR, my favorite. You leave the ordinary and come away with amazing stories. Apart from the beauty of nature, the people and guides are amazing. I remember singing Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody with my fellow campers while paddling. Randomly, we would have Alpengirl CHALLENGES, which included best snow slide, or costume contest. The guides are hilarious. I still remember the snow fight I had with one of the counselors in the mountains and how crazy and fun they all were. The nature isn’t bad either. I remember accidentally jumping into endangered heather because I thought that the marmot, a creature I had never seen before, was a mountain lion, approaching the park ranger on the ridge ahead. In Washington state, a cute little baby seal followed my boat all the way home. Of course, every time I took the camera out of my bag he decided to go under water. What I am trying to say, being very verbose while doing so, is that attending any Alpengirl camp is an AMAZING experience and I would definitely do it again.

~ Caroline (South Carolina)

I love the camp sessions that I did. I did 2 in Montana and 1 in Washington in a row and had a blast all summer! It was my first time doing it, Alpengirl and backpacking in general and I loved it. I would definitely go back next year, and most likely be an Alpengirl intern. I loved the camp because the I got to make friends with people from around the country, and they are friendships that I’ll hold forever. Thanks Alpengirl for an incredible summer!

~ Zarina (Washington)

Going to Alpengirl was one of the best things I ever did! Alpengirl isn’t like other camps! There are so many amazing things about it. Camp isn’t like school, where it takes you years to get to know someone. At Alpengirl it only took days. I felt closer to everyone, more than most of my classmates at school. At camp you are accepted for who you are, no matter what. Things that would normally feel awkward about, you don’t have to at camp. Even the things that would usually be unpleasant, like not taking a shower or going to the bathroom in the woods is fun; even the daily chores are fun. I became very close with many of my fellow Alpengirls, I still talk to them today. At camp you learn to within a group, as well as learning to be independent. Throughout the 2 weeks you grow as a group and individually. What attracted me to Alpengirl is the adventure. It was so great going into the mountains and backpacking or raft the Yellowstone and Gallatin River, sea kayak and explore the Washington beautiful beaches. Not to worry for those who are not experienced in backpacking or other activities, camp is geared for anyone with any experience. I’ve attended Alpengirl in WA and MT, both were great. The guides are real fun and approachable. I had amazing guides both times I have gone. Alpengirl is an amazing experience for any teenage girl. Alpengirl has given me confidence that I never thought I had. I would recommend going to Alpengirl to any teen girl!

~ Erin (Montana)

I LOVE Alpengirl! I went when I was 14 (and I didn’t even want to go) but I had the most amazing time of my life! I went to 2 more camp sessions, interned for a summer, and then became an Alpenguide for 6 summers, finishing up as the Assistant Camp Director. That’s how much I love Alpengirl and how much I believe in the program and how much fun it is and how much it impacts girls’ lives.

~ Alyssa (New Mexico)

My experience with Alpengirl shaped me into who I am to this day. After my first trip to Montana I was hooked! My appreciation for the outdoors, being active and eating healthy started eight years ago on my first Alpengirl camp. Some of my best memories are from my camp days, and I will always highly recommend Alpengirl to any girl looking for adventure!

~ Morgan (Massachusetts)

I went to Alpengirl camp when I was 12 and 13 (now 19), because of going to the camp I have life long love and respect of the outdoors. The camp gives girls the opportunity to get out of their comfort zones and see breathtaking sights, I highly recommend this awesome camp, it is an adventure that you will never forget!

~ Kaitlin (California)

Our daughter, Maia participated in the Alpengirl program and really enjoyed the experience. She is thirteen and this was her first time with Alpengirl at the Montana Horse camp which was a two-week session. We sent her in order to experience camaraderie amongst girls her age in  an environment that taught self-reliance and independent thinking. The early teens is such a transitional age and we felt that she needed a positive camp experience would help her feel more confident as a teen. Although this was her first camp away from home, she returned transformed and with a new sense of self. The girls came from as far as Italy and Ecuador, many friendships were forged in that time and to this day, Maia has remained in touch with all of them via Facebook and Skype. For this alone, we are extremely grateful. The camp itself was well-run and organized. The girls were given opportunities to support each other in teams that helped foster friendships. They were encouraged to be individually creative, vocal and supportive of each other's unique personalities and qualities. There seemed ample positive opportunities to grow and learn, which helped boost Maia's confidence and self-esteem in all the physical activities (horseback, hiking, kayak/rafting). She has come away with many happy memories, new friendships and experiences that she will treasure in the years to come. The spirit of Alpengirl captured the essence of what we had hoped to give our daughter. Maia looks forward to attending another camp, in fact - many of her fellow campers talk about attending a trip together someday. We commend Alissa and her staff for the excellent work they do to help  nurture young girls at these wonderful camps. We are very glad we sent Maia and feel fortunate for the experience. Your daughter would be very lucky to have this opportunity to experience Alpengirl.

~ Michelle (Bozeman, Montana)

Despite some reservations on her age and readiness for this kind of trip, I encouraged Em to go ahead and have a great time. I sent a child that liked to sit around on Sat mornings and watch cartoons and eat junk food and I got back a child more self confident, who was into yoga and liked veggies! She was so excited and buzzing over the trip from start to finish!!! She's carried her photo album with her everywhere else this summer just so she could show everyone and with each comes a picture. I can say with confidence, this trip was everything I had hoped for her and then some! Thanks to you and your staff, who by now I feel I know, for this such a great experience!! I've already recommended your camps to several friends - there's one guy who's 5 year old is already to go! I look forward to hearing about the next season!

~ Lisa (Chicago, Illinois)

Finally a few minutes to send you a quick note and say once again how much I notice the change in Emily when she returns from a trip with you guys! She absolutely loves coming out there. This year was a different reaction than last year - happy to be home but more confident and definitely closer to the girls in this group. She continues to rave about the trip - we just spent several hours putting her photos in her album and we had a great time laughing and hearing about the adventures. I, of course, saw the web photos as soon as I got your email and forwarded the announcement to grandparents, friends and of course Emily! You know I still have the one of her in the grass from last year as my wallpaper on my desktop!

~ Lisa (Naperville, Illinois)

Alyssa's experience was a very positive and rewarding one. She returned home energized and enthusiastically talking about possibilities for next year. Alyssa stated that all the guides were "fun" and "really nice" and "competent," and she appreciated that they did not treat the girls like children, but rather freely interacted with them openly and playfully. For a teenager the fact that an adult is actively listening to them and respecting their opinion is an eye-opening and thrilling experience all at once. She felt challenged by the guides to push herself to her limits but never in an unsafe way. As a result she feels more confident in her physical abilities. Our impression is that Alyssa returned home from this trip (and last year's trip to Montana) more self-aware and pleased with herself and the new possibilities that life suddenly has to offer; for a lack of better words, she is infinitely more grown-up! From being away from her family but yet still in a safe environment, she is allowed - and allows herself - to grow socially, mentally, and physically. A unique process of self-discovery begins taking place. She puts herself "out there" and comes out on top. She is given unique opportunities to accomplish things on her own and within a group of her peers and rises to the challenge. She seems to derive immense satisfaction from these feelings of accomplishment. We know from her trip last year that this carries over into her academic and extra-curricular activities at school. The amount of confidence building that this trip allows - socially and physically - is invaluable for any teenager's future. We asked Alyssa what she learned about herself. Without more than a moment's thought she wrote out this response: 1. I can do a lot if I set my mind to it. 2. I can do more than I thought I could (example: steep hikes, 100 crunches everyday). 3. I like to challenge myself. 4. I really like to be outdoors & hike. 5. I want to become an Alpengirl guide. Alyssa obviously appreciates the physical challenges which she encounters in the destinations chosen by Alpengirl. It's obvious that a lot of work and planning go into choosing destinations and diverse activities that inspire and stimulate the girls. The chosen locales strengthen Alyssa's appreciation for the beauty of nature. In addition, Alyssa raved about the camp food (always healthy) and daily dose of yoga. In our opinion Alpengirl provides an incredibly well-rounded and balanced trip. We would not hesitate to send Alyssa on another Alpengirl trip.

~ Lynn (Albuquerqe, New Mexico)

There are few words to express what a fantastic experience Jenny had as an Alpengirl! She returned with such a sense of confidence, caring for the other girls and guides and with all the new knowledge she is now incorporating into our lives here! We picked her up at the airport and she did not stop yakking until she went to sleep that night. The strongest sentiment she brought home with her was the incredible camaraderie you all had during camp! She told us how you cared for their physical beings, i.e., water consumption, eating habits, poopin' in the woods, body temperature, etc. I really felt you were on top of all the details and are really looking out for the girls. She loved the yoga, in fact we just came in from a morning yoga session in our beautiful backyard! She raved about the food, the roadside dances, the costume contest, the pirates of the wooden boat contest, and thoroughly enjoyed the backpacking trip. There was not one minute she was not extremely happy! She is an Alpengirl with a great altitude!!!! Put us on the list for next year!!

~ Barbara (Phoenix, Arizona)