Frequently asked questions

Youth ages 12-15 may apply. Older students may not qualify for all our programs, but we try to accommodate interested students as able. Space is limited and we try to keep our group ages close.

We currently are focused on the Omaha, Council Bluffs, and surrounding areas but do make exceptions!

We think there is something for everyone at our camps. However, the most important thing is that the student wants to go. Camping may be difficult or uncomfortable at times but in order to get the most out of the experience, students should be excited for these challenges and not feel forced to attend by a parent. 

We sleep in cabins with bunk beds and plumbing as well as tents for primitive outdoor sleeping and we offer opportunities for sleeping under the stars without a tent! 

Our summer experiences are 8-12 students of the same gender identity with 3-4 staff adults.

We may meet scientists from USFW or the rancher we partner with at our Centennial Ranch. Awesome volunteers may help cook at Alpine. And many of our activities are with professional guides and companies.

We think you’ll love exploring the outdoors with us, but it’s natural to miss home. Due to our primitive locations and traveling we cannot transport students home once we are at camp except in the case of an emergency. 

If students need to be removed due to a discipline situation, the cost of travel will paid by their family. 

That’s right! We want our students to engage in nature, each other, and their surroundings. Staff have phones for emergencies (and pictures of course). We post to social media while at camp when we can so parents can follow the adventure and still feel connected.

We notify parents when we arrive in Wyoming, and can offer a half-way-through call back home. Otherwise there is limited communication due to our schedule and service available. 

We drive! Depending on the camp we take one or two 12 passenger vans with our gear and hit the road. 

We want our students to experience new things, and part of that is travel. The mountains, rivers, wildlife, and geography they discover is nothing like they’ve seen at home. Over the summer, our programs travel to Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana! 

Full packing lists will be provided at the parent information meeting. But most of what you’ll bring are things you already have. You can hike in a sturdy pair of gym shoes (that you don’t mind getting muddy), and you’ll dress in layers to stay warm at night but cool during the day. 

All specialty outdoor gear will be provided and we have sleeping bags available to borrow if needed. 

If gear, clothing, shoes, etc., are needed – please let us know! We want the outdoors to be for EVERYONE!