Young Women's 21-Day Adventure!

A group of young women LEADers grinning, posing with their fists up, on the slope of a Sierra mountain

Course Dates

June 19th-July 9th 2017

Pre-Trip Meeting: Thursday June 15th 2017




This 21-day adventure camp creates a supportive  and empowering environment for an all-female group of teenagers to engage in a challenging and exciting experience of a lifetime. This trip includes sea kayaking, whitewater rafting and backpacking.

While on this adventure, the students will learn about the environment, develop leadership skills, and embrace some of California’s stunning natural resources. Participants will learn how watersheds link the mountains to the sea, and connect the wilderness to our homes. These young women gain confidence, new skills and the knowledge that their voice matters.




Day 1

The trip begins with a welcoming introduction as we join our teammates in San Francisco. We will load our gear into large vans and begin our trip with a day on an adventure ropes course. We learn how we can step up as leaders and work together as a team. In the evening we hold our first nightly council circle were we enjoy the process of debriefing our day, then divide into teams and establish leadership roles.

Days 2-8

We enter the world of water making sea kayaks our new vehicles and travel north to Hearts Desire Beach in Tomales Bay. We will pack a fleet of kayaks full of everything we need to spend the next nights. We will have the opportunity to paddle to Hog Island and visit the Oyster Farm to learn about sustainable farming. During this trip we begin to embrace the ancient tradition of the first kayakers. As we learn to live simply and close to nature, we will spend our nights sleeping outdoors and our days learning primitive skills.


Days 9-15  

We leave the river and transition to the mountains in Tahoe Basin for the backpacking expeditionThe challenge of backpacking and carrying only our essential needs gives us opportunities to gain confidence, feel empowered, and to reflect on our experiences. We will take time to connect to the nature around us and reflect on our relationships with each other and the earth.


Days 16-20 

We travel by van from the Bay Area to the small town of Coloma, where the California Gold Rush started. This is where we settle into ETC’s beautiful and accessible river camp on the banks of the South Fork American River. It will be time to explore the thrill and adventure of whitewater rafting. Instructors train you to navigate rapids and students take turns leading each other down Class I-II sections of the river. The more challenging Class III sections will be safely run by knowledgeable and experienced guides. Each day we will come back to the comfort of our beautiful river camp to cook dinner in the open-air kitchen. Every night we will sleep under the stars.

Day 21

We end with a graduation and a celebration of our successes. This is a potluck gathering in San Francisco. Our friends and family join us for dinner while we share with them the highlights of our journey and the many ways we have grown.

Keeping the great outdoors open to all.