For over 15 years, Lassen Volcanic National Park and the Lassen Park Foundation have been introducing youth to the joys of camping in a national park. This summer program provides facilities and resources for non-profit organizations that serve at-risk or underserved youth. Through camping, exploration, and education the youth camping program aims to address the following goals:
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Hundreds of young people experience camping for the first time through Lassen's Youth Camping program. To further support this successful program, Lassen Volcanic National Park will open Volcano Adventure Camp, a new youth camping facility, in 2016.
Program Activities and Resources
Lassen provides a dedicated youth camping ranger and a wide variety of programs including guided walks, ranger talks, and in-camp activities. New discovery packs, made possible with a grant from the National Park Foundation, provide field guides, exploration tools, and a digital camera for participants to document their adventures. Groups receive a CD loaded with photos and videos from their time at Lassen, allowing them to reconnect with the park at any time. Assistance is also provided by the park's high school interpretive interns who offer assistance with activities and act as mentors and role models for participants. Additionally, Volcano Adventure Camp,a new youth camp facility is slated to open in 2016 to better serve youth groups including youth camping participants.
Youth Camping Grants
The Lassen Park Foundation provides small grants to non-profit youth organizations to facilitate camping trips for at-risk or underserved youth. Grants up to $1,000 help groups cover the cost of camping supplies and transportation. Learn more about youth camping program grants or donate to the program at lassenparkfoundation.org.
Lassen is proud to have welcomed approximately 327 youth camping participants in 2013 alone. The success of this program is measured not only in the number of campers, but in the quality of their experience. Each year we encourage participants and group leaders to share how their experience at Lassen has impacted them. We use this feedback to measure our level of success in meeting program goals and to expand and improve the program for the next year. Here is what campers and group leaders have shared:
This place will give me a lot of memories and when I have kids I would bring them here - I would want them to see this.