Teen Wilderness Adventure Camp – California
Teen Wilderness Adventure Camp – California
Lifesong offers exciting outdoor wilderness adventure camps providing excellent outdoor camping, survival training, bush-craft, nature awareness, animal tracking, fun, and more for your son or daughter. One Week, Two Week, or 28 Days of Wilderness Adventure summer activities for Teens.
Where: Lifesong Wilderness Adventure’s co-ed wilderness summer overnight teen camps are located in the rugged and diverse mountains of northern California near Mount Shasta.
What we do: hiking, adventure camping, exploration, animal tracking, shelter building, primitive survival skills, summer fun, and so much more are all part of your teens exciting summer camp activities with Lifesong.
Parents, I have been teaching and supporting teens to deeply connect with nature for over 20 years and I see the same wonderful reoccurring theme each summer. My students find a greater sense of creativity and balance during their time at camp. Spontaneous joyful laughter occurs frequently as their daily lives flow within the cycle of wilderness. I see excitement in faces each and every day as the discovery of this new world opens to them. I believe teenagers need a safe place to explore wilderness without the trappings of modern life, which is why we provide them with the place and opportunity where they can be themselves and flourish in a community of peers and staff that is supportive and welcoming.
Lifesong’s Teen Wilderness Summer Camps
One Week or Two Week Adventure for ages 14-15: one week or two week adventure with basic intermediate, and advanced survival skill training for ages – 14 through ~OPEN
Two Weeks of Wilderness Adventure for ages 16-18: a two week adventure with basic intermediate, and advanced survival skill training for ages – 16 through 18 ~OPEN
28 Days of Wilderness Adventure for Teens – an extensive 28 day Wilderness Immersion program combining both teen camps with more experiential wilderness survival training for the adventurous spirit from 15 to 18 years of age. ~OPEN
Why Survival Training
Woodcraft and nature awareness are the tools that I use to empower your teenager to be more self-reliant and more comfortable in the outdoors. Learning and developing these skills, I have found, becomes a pathway that will lead your son or daughter to a much deeper understanding and awareness of nature and its systems. This means that as your teen begins to see and understand nature by using and applying plants and trees, and even rocks to meet their most basic daily outdoor need their understanding of the world around them transforms and grows quickly and positively. Instead of feeling separated and apart from the rhythms and flow of the natural world, your teen will come to understand they are more deeply connected to the wilderness around them than they could have imagined.
Note to Parents: We are not a boot camp, a religious organization, or a therapy camp. We are a nature based adventure company specializing in adventure, wilderness survival, fun, nature awareness, and bush-craft skills.
What Parents say:
“Our whole family
(three teenage boys, plus two parents) wholeheartedly recommend Mark Wienert’s tracking and camping experiences”.
“Mark is grounded spiritually and physically. He teaches by example from a wealth of experience and knowledge gained by living off and in harmony with the land. He’s a great role model and mentor — calm, wise, highly skilled, and thoughtful soul. We are very lucky to have found him. He has been a pivotal person in our sons’ coming of age over many years now.”
~ Meg Durbin, M.D., Pediatrics & Internal Medicine, Utilization Management Assistant, Medical Director, Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Clinton L. Lewis, MS, Professor of Astronomy, Division of Science & Mathematics, West Valley College, Author of “Explicit gauge covariant Euler–Lagrange equation.
Staff is comprised of head instructor – Mark Wienert, owner and founder of Lifesong Wilderness Adventures, professional survival instructor , Search and Rescue instructor, and graduate of the Tom Brown Tracker School; and hand picked Lifesong student volunteers exhibiting outstanding leadership qualities.
A complete list of camp activities for your adventure hungry teen(s) may be found here for a one week summer adventure, and here for two weeks of wilderness exploration and skills, and here for a 28 day extensive immersion in outdoor survival training and techniques.
Wetland Restoration Project
Each summer teens participate in the ongoing wetland restoration project at camp of a Darlingtonia bog damaged by illegal off-road ATV vehicle use. This valuable hands-on participation in wetland, stream course, and habitat restoration is a tremendous empowering experience for our young people.
Lifesong students are able to experience first hand that hard work and enthusiasm makes a positive difference in the world through positive action by helping to restore this beautiful and important wetland.
Please contact Mark Wienert today and request an application for your son or daughter to attend one of Lifesong’s exciting teen wilderness adventure camps in California this summer.
About our teen camp
Parents and prospective students; Lifesong Wilderness Adventures is a professional outdoor adventure company that I began in 1994. We teach real wilderness skills in real outdoor settings. Our teen adventures are a combination of wilderness survival, nature awareness, hiking and camping skills and we are all about fun, adventure, learning, support, and positive reinforcement.
What we are not
We are not a bed and breakfast, a motel, or leisure inn and we do not cater to students’ wants. However, we do offer our young people an opportunity to put their best foot forward, be responsible, respectful, and supportive of camp and engaged in all activities we provide. We are not a boot camp, a religious organization, or a therapy camp. We are a nature based adventure company specializing in adventure, wilderness survival, fun, nature awareness, and bush-craft skills.
Wilderness Survival Training
Though we are not in a true survival situation at camp I treat all our activities like we are. We consider each action and the repercussions it may have to the individual and group. If one of us suffers from sunburn as an example, it affects not only their ability to participate in group activities, but that of the whole camp. A simple knife cut could result in a trip to the hospital, not washing their hands properly after going to the bathroom could result in contamination and illness for the whole camp. All students are trained in the proper protocol of all activities at camp thus insuring a fun and safe experience for all.
Chores and supporting camp
Yes we have chores at camp. We have water and firewood to haul, dishes to do, kitchen and general camp clean up every day. All participants are required to participate in helping with chores and keep a clean and organized camp. We all pitch in together to help give everyone more time for adventure, learning, and fun.
Leading Volunteer Staff
Our leading volunteer staff corps are both adult and teen members who have attended more than one camp with us and are hand-picked by Mark Wienert for their great attitude, maturity, communication skills, self-motivation, responsible behavior, and survival skills. These incredible people give their time and support unselfishly to help make camp run smooth and to help make your teen’s experience the best one possible. We ask that your teen treat our staff as they would expect to be treated themselves.
Nature, you, and your child
“How can our kids really understand the moral complexities of being alive if they are not allowed to engage in those complexities outdoors?” ~Richard Louve; author of Last Child in the Woods and the Nature Principle
“Wilderness has a monumental transformative effect on our children. It is not enough for them to learn about nature only in the class room or a walk in a park. To know this deep and transforming experience a child must be immersed in wildness immersed in the sights and smells and sounds of nature. She must wake up to the dawn song, the rustlings of birds scratching in the leaves, and greet the day with the splash of sharp coolness from a mountain stream upon her face.” ~Mark Wienert
Tom Brown Jr. in his Field Guide to Nature and Survival For Children says:
“Keeping children always confined to houses, buildings, cars, and heavy clothing will eventually cut them off from what life is all about. You take away all possibility for them to really feel the intensity of life…By encapsulating our children, we cut them off from the feelings of anything real, and we teach them to resist the forces of nature…If you are going to the beach, the woods, the swamps, or the wilderness, really get into it, roll in it, and get rid of all protection that will separate you from fully appreciating where you are. Become alive, not removed and insulated, and teach your children to do the same.” ~Tom Brown Jr.
We offer an incredible opportunity for your teen at Lifesong. As a parent and grandfather, I understand how difficult it can be to make important decisions regarding our children, but I believe you will find my Teen Wilderness Adventure Camp – California, a gift your child will thank you for, for the rest of their lives.
Sponsor a Teen to camp
Sponsoring a teen for camp is a gift that lasts a lifetime and makes a huge difference in a teen’s life especially those who do not have the resources to attend camp with us. Why not sponsor a teen to camp this summer and make a positive difference forever in someone’s life? Contact Mark for more information.
I encourage you to contact me for an application for your teen today.
Owner and Head Instructor
Lifesong Wilderness Adventures