"Having inspirational people around me during the camp motivated me to do my best."
-- Erin Peck after the 2012 Adventure Racing Camp
Summer Adventure Racing Camp
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 racing camp for middle and high 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 last year's camp:
Dates are set for June 17th - 20th. June 17th and 18th will involve activities in and around Grand Forks, ND. June 19th will see campers heading out towards a TBD location (either Turtle River State Park or the Pembina Gorge near Walhalla) for an overnight stay. The camp will conclude by Thursday afternoon/evening.
Camp costs will include a daily snack, transportation to and from the overnight location, any park entry fees, all specialized equipment (packrafts, climbing gear, compasses, maps, etc), and expert instruction. Cost is $200 per student. Although this doesn't even cover the full cost of running the program, it may still be unaffordable to some. Your additional donation can help provide a full or partial scholarship to a keen young adventurer in need.
Full and partial scholarships are available, please email for details.
Monday: Northern Heights rock gym, 9 AM.
- meet other campers/camp overview/logistics meeting/assign gear
- Indoor map reading clinic
- Climbing class
- AR Video break
- Bike riding skills class along greenway
- Bike repair skills class
Tuesday: Northern Heights rock gym, 9 AM
- Bike to Lincoln Park
- Miniature bike orienteering course (navigation practice)
- AR video break
- Split into groups - Packrafting/foot orienteering course
Wednesday: Northern Heights rock gym 7 AM
- Head to overnight location 'discovery'
- Mt. bike ride
- Setting of night O-course
- Slacklining - relax/dinner. BIG DAY TOMORROW
- Pack up camp/breakfast
- pre 'race' meeting
- Go! Mini-adventure race
Notes - 1) 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. 2) Campers are expected to provide their own bikes. Some camping gear may be available on loan for no charge. 3) We like shooting and editing movies. Campers will eventually get a movie compilation of their wonderful four days of grueling adventure so they can show their friends, grandparents, jealous siblings exactly what they got up to over the summer.....
The adventure racing camp is brought to you in part by a generous donation from Coalition for a Healthy Greater Grand Forks.