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Youth Camping Program

2018 Youth Camping Grant Applications

LPF's Youth Camping Program at the Volcano Adventure Camp will open for applications on January 31st. We are moving to an online application format which will, we hope, simplify the application process. 

 

Eligibility:

  • Your group/organization must be a 501(c)3 non-profit, public school, public entity, or have a 501(c)3 non-profit fiscal sponsor and provide a tax ID with your application.   
  • Your camping group size must be between 6 - 104 people and be comprised primarily of underserved youth between the ages of 6-18 years old.
  • Your camping trip must be 3 - 7 days in length. 

 

Application Information Required:

  • Your organization's current Certificate of Liability Insurance 
  • Your first and second options for desired camping dates (note this season's camping dates below).
  • Your camping trip budget and how you will apply the grant funding if you are awarded a grant (maximum grant $1,000)
  • Brief narrative about your organization and how this camping will help the youth you serve. 

 

Volcano Adventure Camp Dates 2018: 
June 18, 2018 - September 23, 2018
(closed Labor Day Weekend 9/1 - 9/3)

 

Applications will be released on January 31st and due by April 2, 2018 for participation in this summer's Youth Camping Program at the Volcano Adventure Camp.  If you would like more information about this application process please call the Lassen Park Foundation office at (530) 378-2600.  You may also e-mail us at info@lassenparkfoundation.org.


 

Program Details

The Lassen Park Foundation and Lassen Volcanic National Park have been introducing youth (ages 6 to 18 years) to the joys of camping in a national park since 1996. For the past 22 years this Youth Camping Program has supported non-profit youth groups that serve at-risk or underserved children by awarding scholarships to offset their camping costs.  Many of these young campers have never camped or visited a national park before participating in the Foundation’s youth camping program.

This is a summer enrichment program supports non-profit organizations, public schools, and local government programs that serve at-risk or underserved youth from throughout Northern California. Through camping, exploration, and education, the youth camping program addresses the following goals:

  • Camping facilities provided at the Volcano Adventure Camp introduce new campers to the outdoors in a group setting.
  • Educational excursions provide opportunities for young campers to step into Lassen's rich natural and cultural history.
  • Through exploration of Lassen Volcanic’s mountain ecosystems, campers discover their connection to the complex web of life.
  • Ranger-led environmental education activities emphasizing teamwork and cooperation enable children to safely experience the great outdoors.
  • Campers enjoy fun outdoor activities, which encourage healthier lifestyles through exercise.
  • Unforgettable experiences in the great outdoors foster future stewardship for our national parks.

Grant Documents & Resources

 

 

Program Activities and Resources

The new Volcano Adventure Camp is located just 4.4 miles from the Manzanita Lake Entrance Station in the group campground formerly known as Crags Campground. This campground has been the site of numerous camping adventures by children participating in Lassen Park Foundation’s Youth Camping Program for many years.

The Volcano Adventure Camp accommodates larger youth groups and can create strong connections between a younger generation and the park through outdoor immersion. It features ten (10) tent cabins, four tent pads (for traditional tent camping), two screened picnic shelters & BBQs, two amphitheaters, and a shower facility.  Previously, youth groups were required to bring all of their own camping gear, so these expanded facilities have improved accessibility for a greater number of groups and reduce the amount of equipment required for first-time campers.  The costs of these facility upgrades were made possible through fundraising by the Lassen Park Foundation and project funding through the National Park Service. 

In addition to camping facilities at Volcano adventure Camp, the Foundation and Lassen Volcanic National Park provide a dedicated youth camping ranger and a wide variety of environmental learning activities including guided hikes, ranger talks, and in-camp programs. Download the Activities List or Sample Itinerary to learn more about the programming and group activities available. 

Donations of any amount to this program will allow the Foundation to reach more kids.  Thank you to all our donors for the difference you have made in a child’s life.