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Youth Leadership Course

Youth Leadership is our shortest leadership course. The five-day expedition is designed to give youth with little to no experience in the backcountry a taste of the wilderness.

The course will provide the skills and experience necessary to build a foundation for developing as a leader. The Youth Leadership course will take place in the southern Yosemite region of the Sierra Nevada. Students will experience the beauty and the challenge that the mountains provide. Surrounded by Ponderosa pines, granite cliffs and alpine lakes, Summit Adventure instructors will lead the students through a graduated process of wilderness experiences.

Upon completion of this course, the student will gain confidence in a group of his or her peers. Each student will have the opportunity to participate in the group as a leader. Students will also demonstrate their comprehension of the curriculum as they practice skills in backpacking, camping, cooking, climbing and rappelling.

Course Elements

  • Map and compass navigation
  • Backcountry cooking and camping
  • Rock climbing and rappelling
  • Daily devotionals
  • 4-hour “solo” (time alone)



Day 1: Arrive in Bass Lake, CA

Students will meet their instructors along with the other members of the group. After introductions, they will prepare for their time by going over the gear and food to pack. After a hearty lunch, they will drive an hour to the trailhead and begin hiking. This day typically involves a shorter hike before setting up camp in the wilderness.

Day 2: Exploring Leadership

Each day typically begins with a time of devotion and reflection. The instructors will introduce the basic concepts of wilderness travel and navigation by map and compass. Other topics commonly introduced early on include campsite selection, Leave No Trace skills, water purification, and lightning drill.

Day 3: Exploring Leadership

Another devotional is typically led in the morning. This time it is followed by backcountry travel. The previous day’s topics may be reviewed. Other topics that may be discussed are creek crossings, third- and fourth-class terrain, risk management, and decision-making.

Day 4: Solo

Typically a day is spent in solitude. This allows ample time to reflect on the experiences shared, what goals may have been accomplished, as well as what transition back to home may be like.

Day 5: Departure

The group will return to Bass Lake and de-issue their gear. They will be recognized for the accomplishments they have made in a closing ceremony. After a hearty meal, students will return home.


Youth Leadership Interest Form

For more information, give us a call at (559) 642-3899. If you need client references, we’d be happy to provide them.
It takes a minimum of 5 participants to run this course.
If you have less than 5 in your group and you are flexible, we can pair you up with others to meet the 5 person minumum.
Provide as many as possible.