"Yeah, it's just like the Hunger Games except no one's trying to kill me".
--Abigail Salyers, age 13 (about END-FAR)
Summer Adventure Racing Camp
2014 Camp schedule
Gear List (coming soon)
As a sport adventure racing presents a unique challenge in that it combines elements of running, biking, paddling, climbing, and map and compass navigation while emphasizing teamwork. A key part of our vision is the development of a summer adventure camp for middle school students that will make each of these activities accessible to youth. The program will simultaneously serve as a means of introducing the requisite skills for enjoying these activities, a way for existing skills to be sharpened, and provide for greater general fitness (both mental and physical) for the participants. Experts in each discipline will ensure the safety of the students while they become equipped in both mind and body to take on the challenge of a serious back-country adventure. The confidence, self-knowledge, and fitness gained through participation in this camp will not only pay dividends towards future racing or outdoor adventure ambitions, but will serve participants when they are faced with other life challenges. In addition, it will serve as a foundation toward an appreciation for life-long wellness. Reserve your spot by emailing us today!
Check out the video from the 2013 camp, where participants ranged from age 9 to 13.
Dates for 2014: July 7th-10th. Registration opens April 1st.
Plans for this year's camp will include class I and II packrafting, night orienteering, mountain biking in Mond Du Lac, rock climbing on Shovel Point, stand up paddleboarding on Lake Superior, and 3 nights camping in Duluth area state parks. Camp costs will be around $300 per participant and will include all travel, camping, professional instruction, equipment (except bikes and helmets) and most food. Full and partial scholarships are available, please email for details.
Tentative 2014 Adventure Camp Itinerary
- Bus to Jay Cooke State Park
- Packrafting--class II and III whitewater practice/skills clinic
- Optional night orienteering at Jay Cooke State Park
- Mountain bike at Fond-Du-Lac, Wisconsin
- Camp at Tettegouche State Park
- Group splits into two halves, each doing a morning activity and afternoon activity, and meeting for lunch
- Activity 1: Rock climbing at Shovel Point
- Activity 2: Stand Up paddleboarding in Lake superior
- TBD - possibly canyoneering in Kadunce canyon, water levels permitting.
- This will not be a camp for everyone. It is not going to be easy, but it WILL be incredibly rewarding and enabling for those who participate. Because the entire basis of the camp is pretty physically demanding, we recommend campers begin with a minimum level of fitness. Participants should be able to at least run 1 mile in under 10 minutes, hike 3-5 miles with a backpack, and ride 6-7 miles on a bike in half an hour.
- Campers are expected to provide their own bikes. Some camping gear may be available on loan for no charge.
The 2013 adventure camp was supported in part by a generous donation from Coalition for a Healthy Greater Grand Forks.