Q. Who will be leading me?
A. TMI’s professional instructors are dedicated, energetic, and talented leaders experienced in working with youth. All of our instructors are certified as Wilderness First Responders, and have strong backcountry skills. They come from a wide variety of backgrounds and life experiences and are committed to providing youth with a fun and educational excursion in the outdoors while maximizing the safety of all participants.
Q. Who signs up for these adventures?
A. Teens like you sign up because they love being outside, challenging themselves in new ways, meeting new friends, and learning interesting things about the places they visit.
Q. Should I sign up with a friend?
A. Most of our participants come without a friend and look forward to making new ones, which happens quickly on our trips. Of course you are more than welcome to bring a friend. Either way, we strive to create a community of people on each trip where there are no cliques or exclusions. If you and a friend do come, we know that you will both have the chance to integrate with the entire group and partake in the fun of getting to know new people.
Q. What if I've never done any of these activities before?
A. Everyone has had fun before!! No prior experience is necessary to participate in a Mountain Adventures Summer Camp. We'll teach you all the skills you need to succeed and have a good time. You do not have to be athletic to enjoy any of the activities, but you will have a more comfortable experience if you pursue a simple routine of regular exercise beginning before your trip.
Q. What will I eat?
A. You will be offered three full meals each day including plenty of snacks. We provide fresh food, probably similar to what you eat at home, but we might ask you to try something new. Favorite meals include homemade pizza, various pastas, burritos, stir-fry, hamburgers, bagels and cream cheese or peanut butter and jelly, dry and hot cereal, cookies, granola, fruit, and hot chocolate for chilly evenings and mornings. We easily accommodate most dietary restrictions; let us know in advance so we can plan accordingly. All the participants help prepare and clean up after meals.
Every week includes a Bake Off where you and your campmates get to take over the kitchen and compete for the top chef hat.
Q. What do I need to bring?
A. When you register for a trip, you will receive the entire information packet, which includes the clothing list. We ask that you bring as much personal gear as is feasible. We provide the group gear. That means you need a changes of clothes, boots and shoes, toiletries, flashlight (headlamp preferred), hat, sunglasses, water bottles, and other similar items. We provide tents, stoves, cooking equipment, all food, and all the technical equipment for rock climbing and water sports. We ask that you bring a backpack, rain gear, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad.
Don’t forget the “fun” pieces for our Murder Mystery dinner game. Feel free to bring whatever craziness you might have lying around: a tacky sports coat or a mysterious fake mustache, Hollywood shades, long gloves, boas…etc.
Q. Does TMI have any gear I can borrow?
A. Don’t let the cost of gear keep you from signing up for one of our Mountain Adventures Summer Camps. Gear will be reserved for participants on a first-come, first-serve basis and must be returned at the end of the program. Gear will be issued and fitted when you arrive at your the start date of your trip. Please indicate on your registration if you need any of the following:
• Sleeping Bags
• Sleeping Pads
• Rain Gear
• Water Bottles
Q. What is expected of participants on the camp?
A. Participants are expected to keep a positive attitude, respect the instructors and other group members, take responsibility for their personal belongings and group equipment, be supportive and inclusive of fellow participants, try new activities and foods, make good decisions about personal safety, and follow the Mountain Adventures Summer Camp policies. Participants are also expected to help out with daily camp chores like cooking meals, composting, feeding the pig and keeping dorms clean and neat. On the first day of the trip, instructors cover expectations of participants and participants also have a chance to share what they expect.