As humans, we once lived connected to the natural world. Now cut off from wild nature by modern living, the outdoors seems alien. But nature is here and calls for us to explore and rediscover our connection. And for those curious enough to seek out wild nature, a world rich in wonder and mystery awaits. Join us this summer for Teen Wilderness Adventure Camp with Lifesong Wilderness Adventures.
What People Say About LifeSong Adventures Teen Camp
"I feel like I could go to Lifesong adventures every summer for the rest of my life and still be challenged and surprised."
Teen Wilderness Adventure Camp
Call of the wild
I was 15 years old when I first heard the call of the wild deep in the Canadian bush. The moon was full and bright-the summer air sweet and rich.
And in that moment the primeval song of nature ran through me electric! Here in the wild the primal holds our imagination. It is here we have room to move and grow and explore the world around us.
So, I can think of no better place for your children this summer than to be out in it: Challenging themselves, learning outdoor skills, growing, hiking, exploring, creating, learning, and making new friendships.
Where can I find summer outdoor survival training for my son or daughter?
This exciting Oregon summer co-ed adventure is open to children ages 14-17. Campers learn basic-to-advanced survival skills, wilderness navigation, leave no trace camping, hiking, fishing, and life in the outdoors.
Our camp motto is all for one, one for all!
We include all campers in everything we do. We hike as fast as the slowest camper. We look out for each other, showing compassion, understanding, and respect. We stay together because we are a team, creating a rich and full camping experience for your child.
Teen Wilderness Adventure Camp
I have always believed that nature is the teacher. And we, as guides, facilitate the introduction and awareness of her. The education our teens acquire at camp is rich and diverse. It is measured by adventure, exploration, hiking, stories, doing, creating, skills, and shimmering starlit night skies.
14-Day Teen Survival Camp 2023
Parents, we care about your teen
Your son or daughter's well-being is important to us. We understand that being away from home for the first time can be difficult. Our staff does their absolute best to make your teen feel welcome and at ease.
Parents, you'll be happy to know that we serve healthy, mostly organic, filling, and satisfying savory meals for your teen. That is not to say they will eat familiar foods. After all, to fully experience living the wilderness way, our food may not be like your normal fair.
Safety is number one
Our camper's safety is number one. Safety in all camp activities is an integral part of our program.
We provide a supportive, caring, and welcoming environment to all.
Teen Wilderness Adventure Camp
Parents, nature has shown me there is strength and wisdom in diversity. I have learned that nature does not care about the color of one's skin or if we are male or female.
Nor does nature care about what background we come from or what language we speak. We are all part of the web of life.
What Parents say:
"Our whole family
(three teenage boys, plus two parents) wholeheartedly recommend Mark Wienert's summer teenage camping experiences".
"Mark teaches by example from a wealth of experience and knowledge gained by living off and in harmony with the land. He's a great role model and mentor -- calm, wise, highly skilled, and thoughtful soul. We are very lucky to have found him. He has been a pivotal person in our sons' coming of age over many years now."
A Mothers' testimonial
~Dear Mark and Lifesong staff, thank you for offering an incredible wilderness immersion experience for my 16-year-old daughter this summer! My gratitude goes beyond words.
This is such a significant developmental stage in my daughter’s life. I can tell that she has just been through a life-changing four weeks being gently guided in trusting nature, gaining a deeper appreciation of the earth that sustains us. While learning to discover and trust in her own inner strength and power while testing new edges.
As a teenage girl, learning survival skills in a supportive community has provided an invaluable opportunity for her to deepen her self-worth and become more grounded in her own true nature while taking courage to explore new edges.
In today’s world of media and information overload and commercial pressure put on teens, I believe that any teenage girl would greatly benefit from the opportunity to participate in the kind of experiences offered by Lifesong Wilderness Adventures.
~ by Barbara Ford, Berkeley CA.
Our Camp Staff
The staff is composed of head instructor, Mark Wienert, with hand-picked student and adult volunteers who exhibit outstanding leadership qualities.
Nature and your child
"Wilderness has a monumental transformative effect on our children. It is not enough for them to learn about nature only in the classroom or a walk in a park. To know this deep and transforming experience a child must be immersed in wildness. Immersed in the sights and smells and sounds of nature." ~by Mark Wienert
Field Guide to Nature and Survival For Children says:
"Keeping children always confined to houses, buildings, cars, and heavy clothing will eventually cut them off from what life is all about. You take away all possibility for them to really feel the intensity of life...By encapsulating our children, we cut them off from the feelings of anything real, and we teach them to resist the forces of nature...If you are going to the beach, the woods, the swamps, or the wilderness, really get into it, roll in it, and get rid of all protection that will separate you from fully appreciating where you are. Become alive, not removed and insulated, and teach your children to do the same." ~Tom Brown Jr.
2005 to 2019 Darlingtonia Bog Restoration Project
Over the course of many years, our teens have participated in an ongoing conservation project. A restoration of a Darlingtonia bog damaged by illegal off-road ATV vehicle use. This valuable hands-on participation in the restoration process was a wonderful and meaningful educational experience for our teens.
Conservation at Teen Camp-2023
For the 2023 season our teens will learn ancient and beneficial land conservation techniques developed by native peoples Techniques, for thousands of years that have benefited the forest landscape by the reduction of wildfire-fuels. And also how fire as a tool is used to regenerate useful plants, shrubs, and trees. For the benefit of both wildlife and humans.
Sponsor a Teen to Camp
Brighten your heart and donate a Teen to Camp. Sponsoring a teenager to camp is a gift that lasts a lifetime. You will make a positive difference in a young person's life by providing one teenager's tuition at camp.
If you are interested in sponsoring a teenager for our camp please contact Mark for more information. Thank you!