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You are here: Home Wilderness Programs Ages 8 - 12 Call to Adventure

Call to Adventure

The first step on the Hero's Journey. This adventure for ages 10 - 12 is sure to excite and inspire.

When Jun 23, 2019 09:00 AM to
Jun 29, 2019 05:00 PM
Where Olympic National Park; starts and ends in Bothell, Washington
Cost: $925; deposit $250. Financial aid available
Ages: 10 - 12 (all genders)
Contact Name Cameron Withey
Contact Email
Contact Phone (425) 485.7396
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Two sessions in 2019: 

June 23 - 29 (4 spaces left!)
August 12 - 18 (filled - join waitlist)

Do you hear the call of enchanted forests, dramatic coastlines, and the wondrous night sky?


Call to Adventure is a fun-filled backpacking trip that inspires deep connection to the wonders of the wilderness. A group of nine young people (ages 10 - 12) and three adult guides will come together as a tribe, and journey for a whole week through the magical forests and beaches of Olympic National Park —  learning to play, communicate, and share together in the challenges and joys of outdoor living.

Kids will explore tide pools, play games along the trail, share stories and songs around the campfire, and sleep under open, star-filled skies. They will learn about backcountry cooking and shelter-making, about wild plants and animals and how to care for them, and about themselves and each other.  Many of the journeyers (and their families!) will experience the trip as a significant rite of passage, as they spend a week away from loved ones and the comforts of home, and are immersed in an inspiring new environment. 

Call to Adventure also provides an introduction to the activities and practices that form the heart of Journeys’ Coming of Age programs. Alongside the guidance of mentors, kids will practice authentic sharing and listening in talking circles, explore bits of solitude and self-reflection, and engage in fun and meaningful group rituals.

We named Call to Adventure after Joseph Campbell’s term to describe the beginning of the Hero's Journey: a calls that beckons each of us toward an experience that extends us beyond our level of comfort and current understanding. As they enjoy the rich opportunities for play and exploration, kids who answer the Call to Adventure will develop a variety of interpersonal skills and inner resources that will serve them well as they approach the mysteries of adolescence.


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Days Four to Seven: Participants will continue their explorations, deepen their connections to the natural world, spend time alone in nature, and participate in spontaneous art projects and talking circles. Participants will return to basecamp with plenty of fun stories to share with their families.

Financial aid may be available. Please visit our Scholarships page for more information.

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