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We will be offering our Expeditions program in 2021 as a 15 day backpacking program for new and returning campers.

If you’re intrested in Expeditions 2021 please reach out to Matthew McGee at mmcgee@tvrcamp.org.

TVRC-Expeditions is a 15-day backpacking program geared toward middle and high school students (ages 12-15 years old) who are excited about practicing camping techniques and leadership skills in the stunning mountain ranges of northwestern Wyoming. Whether you are an avid hiker or eager to try backcountry camping for the first time, TVRC-Expeditions offers educational opportunities appropriate for students with varying levels of prior experience.

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A typical trip is either a boys or girls cohort, with 10 campers and two Trip Leaders (TL’s). Students join us from a variety of locations and backgrounds, and need not have been former TVRC campers. TVRC-Expeditions TL’s will guide the group through their time in Wyoming, coaching students on both the “hard” and “soft” skills necessary to execute a successful backcountry excursion.

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Hard skills covered include:

  • Trip Planning and Preparation
  • Navigation and Route Finding
  • Campsite Selection
  • Backcountry Cooking and Nutrition
  • Techniques for Travel in Bear Country
  • Hazard Evaluation and Risk Management
  • Mountain Weather
  • Geology and Ecology
  • Animal and Plant Identification
  • Backcountry First Aid
  • Ethics and Principles of Leave No Trace

Soft skills practiced include:

  • Leadership Styles and Techniques
  • Expedition Behavior
  • Self-Confidence
  • Communication
  • Giving and Receiving Feedback