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Youth Camping Program

2019 Youth Camping Program


Applications for the 2019 Youth Camping Grants are Closed. The summer 2020 grant period will open late January, 2020.

2019 Grant Recipients: please use the links below to plan your trip and prepare your final grant reports after your trip is complete.




Volcano Adventure Camp Dates 2019: 
June 12, 2019 - September 22, 2019
(closed Labor Day Weekend 8/31 - 9/2)


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 23 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 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 Details

For youth organizations that do not have the necessary funding to pay for campground reservations, park admissions, or provide supplies/equipment needed for a youth group camping trip, LPF's Youth Camping Grants are available yearly.  Youth camping grants are available every January - March and can include the following:

  • Awards up to $1,000 for approved applications to cover camping costs
  • Waived park admission & campground fees

While the Youth Camping Grant application deadline has passed for this year, you can still read through information about the applications by downloading the Application Instructions.  If you would like to be added to our Youth Camping Notification List for 2019, please call our office at (530) 378-2600.


2018 Report

We're proud to share this Volcano Adventure Camp 2018 Report with testimonials from last year's youth groups.

Thank You Sponsors!

Thank you to the sponsors of this year's Youth Camping Program! 

If you'd like to join our list of sponsors please download our Business Sponsor Brochure.


Art & Caroline Whitney




Click on the icons below to download additional information on the Youth Camping Program at Lassen Volcanic National Park.


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.