30 DAY CANADIAN ADVENTURE TREK

Jet to Vancouver and begin the action packed 30 Day Canadian Adventure preparing to explore down under.  The adventure begins with two days of RAPPELLING in Abbotsford, including WATERFALL RAPPELLING.  Our rappels will prepare us for the 150 ft. sinkhole rappel on Vancouver Island, the start to a full day of SPELUNKING, exploring the caverns.  Next we’ll spend a challenging day on the high ROPES COURSE at Strathcona Park Lodge.  Then we’ll check out the natural sites of the island, including the Vanishing River, Devil’s Bath and Eternal Fountain.

Our adventures now take us to the cool Canadian waters.  We’ll ZODIAC to Vargas Island and HIKE to remote hot springs where we will camp on the beach.  Next, we’re off to beautiful Pacific Rim National Park to explore the tide pools, wildlife, and waves on Wickannish Beach.  All aboard a charter boat for a day of SALMON FISHING.  We’ll take our catch, dig clams, and gather oysters for an authentic SEAFOOD BAKE on the beach.

Next, we’re off to find the bears!  We’ll ZODIAC to a remote area on the coast of British Columbia to observe the wildlife in their own element.  We’ll see bears fish for salmon as bald eagles dive for them before our eyes.  The next day we’ll dive in and SNORKEL right along side the salmon in the Campbell River.

Get fitted for skis, snowboard or snowblades, whichever you choose, and we’re off to the Blackcomb Mountain’s Horstmann Glacier for two incredible days of SUMMER SKIING!  We’ll take a one day ROCK CLIMBING course in Squamish, the rock climbing capital of Canada, learning both belaying and climbing techniques.  In Squamish, we’ll spend a full day MOUNTAIN BIKING on both single track and dirt roads.


Next stop, Chilliwack, BC.  We’ll met up with our guides from Northwest mountain Guides and learn all the basics of roped glacial travel, self arrest and crampon use in our ONE DAY CLIMBING SCHOOL.  This will prepare us for our SUMMIT CLIMB of 7,200 feet Knight Peak.  The view from the summit will be awesome!

 

5 DAYS REO RAFTING RESORT

The action is not over yet!  At REO rafting resort we’ll spend a day learning the ins and outs of WHITEWATER KAYAKING from the experts.  You’re in for the ride of your life as we go WHITEWATER RAFTING on the Nahatlatch River where the rapids are raging.  We’ll go kayaking in duckies for a day of CLIFF JUMPING.  The REO Rafting resort is the perfect place to wind down our trip with fabulous meals, sauna, and jacuzzi.

2 DAYS IN VANCOUVER
We’ll return to the spot where the adventure began, closing out the trip with the sights of Vancouver.  Our days will be spent exploring Gastown and the Paladium, a VIRTUAL REALITY GAME CENTER.  After dinner we’ll spend our last night looking over pictures and sharing great memories of our trip in the Jericho Beach Hostel.

SPOTLIGHT

NATIONAL PARKS & NATURAL AREAS
Strathcona Provencial Park, Vancouver Island, Pacific Rim National Park, Cheam Mountain Range, Nahatlatch National Forest, Garibaldi Provencial Park

EXCITING ACTIVITIES
Rappelling, Waterfall Rappelling, High Ropes Course, Spelunking, Beach Camping, Natural Hot Springs, Charter Fishing, Clam and Oyster Catch, Seafood Bake on the Beach, Bear Viewing Trip on Zodiaks, Snorkeling with Salmon, Mountain Biking, 2 Days of Snowboarding/Skiing/Snowblading, Day Hikes, Rock Climbing, Mountain Climbing Course and Summit Climb, Whitewater Kayaking, Inflatable Kayaking, Whitewater Rafting.

SPECIAL ATTRACTIONS
Palladium Virtual Reality Center, Whistler Blackcomb Village, Gastown Historic District, Hard Rock Vancouver.

 

 

18 day Atlantic connection

The 18 day Atlantic Connection explores the Province of Quebec, and New England, and includes one night on a college campus.

2 DAYS IN THE BAY STATE – MASSACHUSETTS
Our meeting spot is BOSTON, then you will be off to your first campsite just outside of Boston. Here, you will learn how to set up your tent and get to know your new friends by participating in group games. In the afternoon we’ll canoe along the CONCORD RIVER and stop at the Old North Bridge to relive our colonial heritage!

6 DAYS IN THE PINE TREE STATE – MAINE
Heading north, along the coast of Maine stop in Freeport, home of L.L. BEAN’S, a camper’s dream . In BAR HARBOR, home of ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, you will hike to the summit of CADILLAC MOUNTAIN for a breathtaking view of the Maine coast. Then, cool off with a swim at SAND BEACH. Enjoy a morning of sea kayaking in Bar Harbor Bay, led by professional guides. Watch for the dolphins and seals, and you might see newly nested bald eagles! In the afternoon our guides will take us bike riding in ACADIA NATIONAL PARK. Then in Jackman, Maine we’ll get ready for an exciting day of white water rafting! Paddle through the rapids, and enjoy a water fight as you head down the KENNEBEC RIVER, led by our professional guides in each raft. This will be a highlight of your experience.

Sunset2.jpg (11382 bytes)Food.jpg (18280 bytes)2 DAYS IN THE WORLD NEXT DOOR – CANADA
QUEBEC CITY: Brush up on your French; as you explore the walled city of QUEBEC and stay at the University of Laval. Watch MONTMORENCY FALLS tumble down in a magnificent display. Enjoy the street vendors as you walk along the cobblestone streets of UPPER and LOWER TOWN. Enjoy dinner out on the town.

MONTREAL: See the OLYMPIC CENTER and swim in the Olympic Pool. In the evening have dinner at the HARD ROCK CAFE, or see an EXPOS baseball game. If you like roller coasters you’ll have a blast at LA RONDE! They have the highest wooden roller coaster in North America.

FC4_Rafting.jpg (22236 bytes)2 DAYS IN VERMONT – THE GREEN MOUNTAIN STATE
Heading south into VERMONT you’ll spend an afternoon roller blading or bike riding on the paths of Stowe, Vermont. The following day we take a scenic hike to explore the Mt. Mansfield region. Then, race to the bottom on the alpine slide! Enjoy a tour of BEN & JERRY’S ICE CREAM FACTORY, which includes free samples!

1 DAY – NEW HAMPSHIRE
Enjoy a day at New England’s premier water park – WATER COUNTRY! Experience the plunge at Geranimo, relax on the LAZY RIVER, enjoy a rubber raft ride down THUNDER FALLS or WILD CANYON – the newest attractions.

 

BOSTON / CAPE COD
Explore BOSTON by land and by sea on the “DUCK”, an amphibious vehicle! Enjoy the shops and street entertainers at FANEUIL HALL as you walk along the FREEDOM TRAIL. Enjoy a RED SOX game if they are in town, or an evening at the MUSEUM OF SCIENCE and OMNI THEATER, and dinner at the HARD ROCK CAFE. Stop for a picture of CHEERS! Explore HARVARD SQUARE. Feast on a Chinese dinner buffet!

Continuing south you’ll camp the next two nights in PLYMOUTH. Take the ferry to MARTHA’S VINEYARD and bike along the coastline to SOUTHBEACH for a swim and body surfing. On your way back stop in the quaint towns of EDGARTOWN and OAK BLUFFS. At our last campfire, share your memories and make plans for our fall reunion.

SPOTLIGHT

NATIONAL PARKS/AREAS
Minuteman, Green Mountains, Freedom Trail, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard

MAJOR CITIES
Quebec, Montreal, Boston

EXCITING ACTIVITIES
White water rafting, water slides, mountain biking, day hikes, swimming, canoeing, sports, amusement park, alpine slide, roller blading, kayaking

EVENING PROGRAMS
Movies, pizza party, miniature golf, bowling, campfires, group discussions, go carting, ball game, dinner out

30 day northwest discovery

The 30 day Northwest Discovery trip features the towering mountains of the US and Canadian Rockies, major west coast cities, and seven nights on college campuses.

1 DAY – COLORADO
Jet to Denver and take in the beauty of the snow capped mountains. On this first day you’ll get to know your fellow campers and learn how to set up your tent.

2 DAYS IN THE BLACK HILLS REGION – SOUTH DAKOTAP13A_GroupShot.jpg (27825 bytes)
The MT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MONUMENT lighting ceremony is an overwhelming and patriotic site. See history taking place and watch the CRAZY HORSE MONUMENT being carved into the side of the mountain. Hike the moon-like terrain of BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK. Visit historical WALL DRUG, known as the ice water store.

5 DAYS IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS – WYOMING AND MONTANA
The majestic beauty of the snow capped mountain peaks of the GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK is a phenomenal site. Hike around beautiful Jenny Lake and continue to Inspiration Point. However, we’ll encourage you to challenge yourself on an 18 mile hike to frozen Lake Solitude for a snow ball fight!

Twoeat.jpg (17078 bytes)Watch one of the natural wonders of the world OLD FAITHFUL erupt at YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK. See the diversity of this great park from the hot springs to the GRAND CANYON OF YELLOWSTONE.
In Montana, explore glacier lakes with a guide on horseback and by boat, in GLACIER NATIONAL PARK – the only international peace park in the world!

13 DAYS IN THE CANADIAN ROCKIES AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST – ALBERTA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, WASHINGTON,P13B_Bus.jpg (31928 bytes) AND OREGON
In Calgary stay two nights at the University of Calgary, location of the 1988 Winter Olympics. Explore the OLYMPIC PARK on a guided tour. Enjoy the excitement of the world’s largest rodeo and chuck wagon races at the CALGARY STAMPEDE.

In BANFF NATIONAL PARK, hike around the emerald blue waters of LAKE LOUISE, and up to the TEA HOUSE for a snack. Explore the Columbian Icefields in JASPER NATIONAL PARK, as we climb the Athabasca Glacier in the world’s largest snowmobile.

Horses.jpg (16016 bytes)In KAMLOOPS, BC we’ll spend the afternoon at a water park and then go Canadian bowling in the evening. Get ready for a busy day in VANCOUVER! Visit GASTOWN, famous for its boutiques and restaurants. Walk across the CAPILANO SUSPENSION BRIDGE straddling Capilano Canyon. Feast on a Chinese buffet dinner. Visit beautiful STANLEY PARK AQUARIUM AND ZOO. Explore the PACIFIC SCIENCE CENTER, location of the 1986 World’s Fair, and enjoy the world’s largest OMNIMAX theater. One evening we also rent out an ice skating rink.

See a spectacular music laser show at the SEATTLE CENTER, Group3.jpg (16013 bytes)and take in the vistas from the top of the SPACE NEEDLE. Explore the arctic environment of MT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK which rises over one and a half miles above the lush green foothills. Snow will still cover most of this mountain, even during the summer. Enjoy a hike to Paradise, and go sliding down a trail covered with snow! See the spectacular COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE where the winds make it the windsurfing capitol of the world! We’ll receive instruction and learn how to ride the waves.

Girls.jpg (15230 bytes)Paddle through the rapids of the DESCHUTES RIVER in Oregon, led by our professional guides. Enjoy lunch along the side of the river, and later in the day you’ll be able to swim down the rapids. This is always a highlight of the trip! At CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK look down into the crater of a dormant volcano to see the deepest, fresh water lake in the United States.

9 DAYS IN SUNNY CALIFORNIA
While in SAN FRANCISCO you’ll stay at Stanford University. Troll.jpg (16679 bytes)Cross the GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE.. Walk along FISHERMAN’S WHARF and enjoy the street entertainers at PIER 39 and the CANNERY. At GHIRADELLI SQUARE feast on a hot fudge sundae at the chocolate factory. Walk down LOMBARD STREET the most “crookedest” street in the world. In GOLDEN GATE PARK visit the JAPANESE TEA GARDENS. Take the CABLE CAR for an exciting ride to CHINATOWN for dinner. Tour ALCATRAZ and learn how this prison operated. Enjoy dinner and memorabilia at the HARD ROCK CAFE.

Group5.jpg (20955 bytes)Continuing south along the scenic coastline see the towering REDWOOD TREES. In MONTEREY we’ll mountain bike along the scenic coastline. Stop for a swim, or see if you can make it to CARMEL. At SAN SIMEON tour the magnificent 127 acre HEARST CASTLE consisting of 165 rooms. In SANTA BARBARA we’ll have lunch at the beach and swim in the Pacific Ocean.

Conclude your western experience in LOS ANGELES Group2.jpg (18249 bytes)while staying the last three nights at the University of Southern California! Our first night we’ll go go-carting, or see a ball game. Spend a full day at DISNEYLAND. Learn how movies are made at UNIVERSAL STUDIOS. Walk along CITY WALK, and enjoy dinner at the largest HARD ROCK CAFE in the world! See your favorite movie stars hand and foot prints in cement at MANN’S CHINESE THEATER. LA will be your departure, but mark your calendar for our fall reunion to renew your friendships!

SPOTLIGHT

NATIONAL PARKS/AREAS
Badlands, Banff, Grand Tetons, Glacier, Mt. Rainier, Crater Lake, Jasper, Yellowstone

MAJOR CITIES
Calgary, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Vancouver

SPECIAL ATTRACTIONS
Mt. Rushmore, Alcatraz, Disneyland, Pier 39, Cable Cars, Hard Rock Cafe, Olympic Center, Crazy Horse, Calgary Stampede, Athabasca Glacier, Universal Studios, Fisherman’s Wharf, Lombard Street, Old Faithful, Space Needle, Columbia River Gorge

EXCITING ACTIVITIES
White water rafting
, day hikes, mountain biking, water slides, snow ball fights, horseback riding, swimming, sports, windsurfing

EVENING PROGRAMS
Roller skating, ice skating, bowling, go carting, Chinatown, movies, ball games, campfires, group discussions, dinner out on the town, pizza party

21 DAY ATLANTIC CONNECTION

This trip features eight days in Canada; the Atlantic Provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and the French Province of Quebec, New England, and one night on a college campus.

 

 2 NIGHTS – MASSACHUSETTS


Our meeting spot is BOSTON, then you will be off to your first campsite just outside of Boston. Here, you will learn how to set up your tent and get to know your new friends through participation in some group games. As we canoe along the CONCORD RIVER, we’ll stop at the Old North Bridge to relive our colonial heritage!

5 DAYS IN THE PINE TREE STATE – MAINE
Heading north up the coast we’ll at L.L. BEAN’S – a camper’s dream world. In BAR HARBOR, home of ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, you’ll hike up to the summit of CADILLAC MOUNTAIN for a breathtaking view of the Maine coast. Then, cool off with a swim at SAND BEACH. Paddle through the rapids, and enjoy a water fight as you had head down the KENNEBEC RIVER, led by our professional guides in each raft. This will be a highlight of your experience.

8 DAYS IN THE WORLD NEXT DOOR – CANADA

NOVA SCOTIA: Take the “CAT”, a new high speed ferry from Bar Harbor to NOVA SCOTIA. After clearing customs, explore OVEN’S NATURAL PARK, where the tales of the Mic Mac Indians still linger. Enjoy the rugged, but beautiful coastline of PEGGY’S COVE. In HALIFAX you’ll take a tour of the CITADEL, and watch the changing of the guards.

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND: After a short ferry ride you will be off to
explore the Land of Green Gables! Then we will spend the day bike riding and swimming, as we explore PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND NATIONAL PARK. That evening you’ll enjoy a lobster or steak dinner, complete with a 60 foot salad and desert bar!


NEW BRUNSWICK
: Cross the Confederation Bridge, the longest bridge in the world, back to New Brunswick and enjoy an afternoon at Moncton’s premier water park, MAGIC MOUNTAIN! At HOPEWELL CAPE PROVINCIAL PARK see the highest tides in the world rise and fall over 40 feet! In FUNDY NATIONAL PARK you’ll take a hike to a beautiful waterfall that you can swim in! In FREDERICTON step back into the 18th century at KINGS LANDING to see how people lived.

QUEBEC CITY: Brush up on your French; as you explore the walled
city of QUEBEC and stay at the University of Laval. Watch MONTMORENCY FALLS, which is higher than Niagara Falls, tumble down a magnificent display. Enjoy the street vendors as you walk along the cobblestone streets of UPPER and LOWER TOWN, then enjoy dinner out on the town!

MONTREAL: Visit the site of the 1976 Olympics, now the home of the EXPOS. Enjoy a swim in the Olympic Pool. In the evening have dinner at the HARD ROCK CAFE. Then see if you can find your way through the LABYRINTH maze!


2 DAYS IN VERMONT – THE GREEN MOUNTAIN STATE

Heading south into VERMONT you’ll spend the afternoon roller blading or bike riding along the paths of Stowe, Vermont. The following morning race to the bottom on the alpine slide at Mt. Mansfield. Enjoy a tour of BEN & JERRY’S ICE CREAM FACTORY, which includes free samples!

4 DAYS MASSACHUSETTS/CAPE COD

Continuing south, we come back to Massachusetts and the following day we’ll hike MOUNT MONADNOCK, the most hiked mountain in North America! The views will be spectacular. While heading to CAPE COD, we’ll spend the afternoon in historic BOSTON. Explore the shops and street entertainers at FANEUIL HALL as you walk along the 
FREEDOM TRAIL. The next day take a ferry to MARTHA’S VINEYARD. Bike along the coastline to SOUTHBEACH for a swim and body surfing. On your way back stop in the quaint towns of EDGARTOWN and OAK BLUFFS. At our last campfire, share your memories and make plans for our fall reunion.

 

 

SPOTLIGHT

NATIONAL PARKS/AREAS
Acadia, Prince Edward Island, Fundy, Hopewell Cape, Peggy’s Cove, Freedom Trail, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Mount Monadnock, Minuteman National, Historic Park

MAJOR CITIES
Quebec, Halifax, Montreal, Boston

EXCITING ACTIVITIES
White water rafting, alpine slide, two ferry rides, water slides, mountain biking, roller blading, day hikes, swimming, canoeing, sports, go carting.

EVENING PROGRAMS
Roller skating, movies, pizza party, lobster bake, miniature golf, bowling, campfires, group discussions.

 

 

17 DAY SOUTHWEST DISCOVERY

The 17 day SOUTHWEST DISCOVERY explores the unique red rock canyonlands of the southwest national parks, as well as the excitement of Los Angeles, and includes three nights on college campuses. 

4 DAYS IN SUNNY CALIFORNIA

Jet to Los Angeles and then we set up camp for two days at our oceanfront campground in Malibu. We’ll take some time learning how to set up your tent, as well as getting to know each other. Spend an entire day at DISNEYLAND. See your favorite movie stars hand and foot prints along Hollywood Boulevard at MANN’S CHINESE THEATER. Learn how movies are made at UNIVERSAL STUDIOS. Walk along CITY WALK and enjoy dinner at the largest HARD ROCK CAFE in the world! Set sail off the coast of southern California to CATALINA ISLAND. Spend the day snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of Emerald Bay and bike riding in Avalon.

6 DAYS IN THE SOUTHWEST NATIONAL PARKS – NEVADA, UTAH, ARIZONA

See LAS VEGAS city light up at night. Enjoy an incredible buffet dinner at CIRCUS CIRCUS, and the mountain of thrills and roller coasters at the GRAND SLAM CANYON ADVENTUREDOME. Spend the night at the University of Las Vegas.

After a buffet breakfast, you’ll be off to explore the red rock CANYONLANDS of the southwest. The brilliant colored sandstone cliffs of ZION NATIONAL PARK towering around you are overwhelming. At BRYCE NATIONAL PARK the exciting colors, shapes and designs will capture your imagination. We’ll hike into the canyon to explore these massive pinnacles. At ARCHES NATIONAL PARK you will see the largest concentration of natural arches in the world! We’ll hike up to the largest and most famous arch in the park, DELICATE ARCH.

In ARIZONA explore the grandest canyon of them all, the GRAND
CANYON, from several view points at the North Rim. At LAKE POWELL spend the day water-skiing and swimming in this warm, crystal clear, man made lake.

7 DAYS IN THE GATEWAY TO THE ROCKIES – COLORADO

At MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK we’ll learn how the Native Americans lived 700 years ago as we explore the Cliff Dwellings. Against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains lies the GREAT SAND DUNES NATIONAL MONUMENT. See if you can make it to the top! Enjoy a full day of rafting down the ARKANSAS RIVER led by our professional guides. A highlight of your trip! Explore the Colorado Rockies by horseback. In BRECKENRIDGE we’ll go through an old gold and silver mine and pan for gold! Our last day we’ll have a blast at Elitch Gardens Amusement and Water Park, with over 70 acres of non stop excitement! On our last night we’ll share memories, as we have our last campfire together and make plans for our reunion in the fall.

 

SPOTLIGHT

NATIONAL PARKS/AREAS
Zion, Mesa Verde, Bryce, Arches, Grand Canyon, Great Sand Dunes, Lake Powell

MAJOR CITIES
L
os Angeles, Las Vegas, Denver

SPECIAL ATTRACTIONS
Disneyland, Hard Rock Cafe, Universal Studios, Mann’s Chinese Theater, Grand Slam Canyon, Elitch Gardens

EXCITING ACTIVITIES
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hite water rafting
, horseback riding, swimming, sports, roller coasters, water skiing, water slides, day hikes

EVENING PROGRAMS
Campfires, movies, group discussions, amusement parks, bowling, dinner out on the town, pizza party

 

 

Questions and Answers

What is the camping like?
Students who join North American Trails like the idea we camp in full service campgrounds with flush toilets and hot showers. We also have the opportunity to stay a few nights on a college campus. Many campgrounds have swimming facilities, a store and recreational activities. Our tents are huge (10′ x 16′). They have a vinyl floor, water resistant roof, and screened windows. Each person also sleeps on a cot. Your counselor will be there to teach you how to use the equipment, and after a little practice it will come naturally.

Who are the counselors?
The exceptional quality, dedication and experience of North American Trails staff distinguishes our programs. We maintain a ratio of 1:6. Several of our staff return each summer, some are prior North American Trails campers. Students describe their counselor as someone they felt comfortable talking with about a problem and who also became their friend.

Our staff are selected for their previous experience with youth, communication and listening skills, understanding of group dynamics and interpersonal relations, maturity, enthusiasm, and positive values. Perspective staff are required to have a personal interview, then their background is thoroughly checked. All staff must be certified in CPR and First Aid, and be at least 21 years old (the average is 25).

How much time do we travel?
We travel in the newest, most comfortable and safest vehicles available. Most programs use air conditioned “wide body” motor coaches equipped with rest room, reclining seats, and video. They are driven by a professional driver who camps with us. Some programs use new 15 passenger, air conditioned vans.

On average we stay in most areas for a few days. We always stop every few hours for a scheduled rest area, lunch or activity. One student recently said; ” For me, one of the most fun times was on the bus!”

What is the food like?

We serve three meals, plus snacks. Fresh food is purchased daily at local supermarkets and is stored in large coolers in our specially equipped truck that accompanies each trip. There is always plenty of food and a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. With the guidance of the Food Manager everyone assists in the preparation of meals and clean up. We also eat out several times at local restaurants that include; the Hard Rock Cafe, Chinatown and a lobster bake.

What kind of equipment and clothing should I bring?
All camping equipment is provided. You will need a sleeping bag and hiking boots. A complete clothing list is mailed to you in the spring. However all of our trips are very causal, even in the cities. Your clothing will be packed in one large duffel bag and you will wash it about once a week at local laundry mats

How can I contact my son or daughter, or the Trip Director?
You can leave a message for your son or daughter, or the Trip Director 24 hours a day on our voice mail. We call in daily to check messages. You will also be sent an address list of where you can forward mail during the trip.

How do we emphasize environmental awareness?
“Take only pictures, and leave only footprints” is our motto. To respect the environment we teach the importance of low impact hiking. To be more responsible, rather than using paper plates, we have our own dishes and each person washes and disinfects their dishes in biodegradable soaps.

In what way is North American Trails different from other “teen tours”?
Because a North American Trails experience is more than touring, we classify our program as a “travel camp”. Our emphasis on the group process separates North American Trails from other “teen tours”. We believe it is important to teach young adults how to communicate and relate to each other, to learn more about themselves while experiencing a wide range of activities, and how to live cohesively in a group setting. As a result, each participant learns how to make choices, take responsibility, build independence, and become more self reliant .

What can students expect to gain from a North American Trails experience?
As a result of your North American Trails experience you will realize that you have changed and grown as a person. Others will comment on the maturity and confidence you have developed. You will have challenged yourself to realize how much potential you really have and see things most people only dream about. But most importantly, you will develop incredible friendships as you became part of a warm and caring group! We welcome you to join our “family” this summer!

MEET THE DIRECTORS

To provide the safest experience and to achieve our goals, we offer a limited number of programs. Each trip is personally led, on a daily basis, by the Directors; Lori, Nancy, and highly qualified and professional returning staff.


Lori Pritchard is the Director of North American Trails. Since 1982, Lori has been involved with the program in every aspect. Lori has developed new programs, met with families, hired and trained staff, and personally directed both the northeast and western trips. Overnight camp was an integral part of Lori’s background: as a camper, counselor and administrator. She has a bachelors degree in Recreation Administration from Springfield College.  Lori spent three years in Africa as a Peace Corp Volunteer and remains active in the Returned Volunteer Association and in the American Camping Association as a member.

“North American Trails is recognized as providing personal, individual, professional service to its families. Our goal to make sure that every camper and family is pleased with us from our very first contact and to provide and safe and amazing summer experience for each camper. Camp helped me to realize that I could achieve whatever goals I set. I believe that each camper can leave a North American Trails program with that same optimistic outlook and a wealth of lifetime memories.”

Lori is available to answer your questions and help you select the most appropriate trip.


Nancy Williams directs the Outdoor Adventure Trek programs. Nancy joined North American Trails in 1995. Nancy also has extensive experience working with youth as a teacher, coach, and community center youth teen/director, as well as directing the community center’s summer adventure travel program. Nancy has a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from the University of South Florida, and is currently employed as a teacher. “It’s the most incredible feeling to see the expression on a camper’s face when they reach the top of a climbing pitch, or pound through a raging rapid for the first time!”