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Awesome Art & Adventure I

Tahoe Expedition Academy offers a variety of engaging academic and adventure based summer programs. The aim of each Art and Adventure Camp session is to enrich the intellect, skill and character of those who participate in them. Natural science comes to life as camp projects and adventures inspect and search for local flora and fauna. Campers will have the opportunity to work with professional craftsmen, musicians and artists.

In addition to an array of art projects, outdoor experiences abound as participants explore the Tahoe environment on their next wilderness adventure.

Ages: Session I is designed for 7-10 year old campers.

Gender: Boys and Girls.

Dates: Monday, July 21st – Thursday, July 24th

Times: 9:00am – 3:00pm each day.

Where: Participants will meet each morning at Tahoe Expedition Academy located at 8651 Speckled Ave. Kings Beach, CA 96143.

Financial Commitment: Participants are charged per session.

Cost: $350

Please check out the example camp itinerary below to see the types of activities, and adventures your camper will experience this summer.

Day 1 – TEA Campus – Kings Beach: Through the use of games, team building activities, hikes and artistic creativity, participants will familiarize themselves with each other and recognize their own personal strengths.
9:00am – 10:00am: Greeting, initiatives and team building
10:00am - 12:00pm: Comprehension introduction to the medium of clay.
12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch
1:00pm – 2:30pm: Trail exploration in the National Forest
2:30pm – 3:00pm: Closing Circle (reflection and appreciation)


Day 2 – TEA Campus – Kings Beach: Participants will be hitting the trails to locate, discuss and collect natural materials found in the National Forest behind the TEA campus. Using the aforementioned materials, children will develop self-portraits while creating physical analogies that generate connections between themselves and the natural environment.
9:00am – 10:00am: Greeting, initiatives and team building
10:00am - 12:00pm: Gather materials and begin portraits
12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch
1:00pm – 2:30pm: Finalize self-portraits.
2:30pm – 3:00pm: Closing Circle (reflection and appreciation)


Day 3 – TEA Campus – Kings Beach: Participants will be introduced to a new genre of art created by a local Tahoe artist.
9:00am – 10:00am: Greeting, initiatives and team building
10:00am – 12:00pm: Begin Guest Artist Series with local wood artist and carver Chris Strand.
12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch
1:00pm – 2:30pm: Finalize wood project with Guest Artist
2:30pm – 3:00pm: Closing Circle (reflection and appreciation)


Day 4 – TEA Campus – Kings Beach: Participants will explore the North Shore of Lake Tahoe and collect materials that will be used to create an art piece that is representative of their physical actions.
9:00am – 10:00am: Greeting, initiatives and team building
10:00am – 12:00pm: Gather materials and create collages
12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch
1:00pm – 2:30pm: Finish painting clay creations from first day.
2:30pm – 3:00pm: Closing Circle (reflection and appreciation)

**Waivers: The following waivers must be completed and mailed before camp beings. Please mail to Attn: Eric Martin Tahoe Expedition Academy 8651 Speckled Ave. Box 1272, Kings Beach, CA 96143.**






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Awesome Art & Adventure II

Tahoe Expedition Academy offers a variety of engaging academic and adventure based summer programs. The aim of each Art and Adventure Camp session is to enrich the intellect, skill and character of those who participate in them. Natural science comes to life as camp projects and adventures inspect and search for local flora and fauna. Campers will have the opportunity to work with professional craftsmen, musicians and artists.

In addition to an array of art projects, outdoor experiences abound as participants explore the Tahoe environment on their next wilderness adventure.

Ages: Session II is designed for 4 - 6 year old campers.

Gender: Boys and Girls.

Dates: Monday, July 28th – Thursday, July 31st

Times: 9:00am – 3:00pm each day.

Where: Participants will meet each morning at Tahoe Expedition Academy located at 8651 Speckled Ave. Kings Beach, CA 96143.

Financial Commitment: Participants are charged per session.

Cost: $350

Please check out the example camp itinerary below to see the types of activities, and adventures your camper will experience this summer.

Day 1 – TEA Campus – Kings Beach: Through the use of games, team building activities, hikes and artistic creativity, participants will familiarize themselves with each other and recognize their own personal strengths.
9:00am – 10:00am: Greeting, initiatives and team building
10:00am - 12:00pm: Comprehension introduction to the medium of clay.
12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch
1:00pm – 2:30pm: Trail exploration in the National Forest
2:30pm – 3:00pm: Closing Circle (reflection and appreciation)


Day 2 – TEA Campus – Kings Beach: Participants will be hitting the trails to locate, discuss and collect natural materials found in the National Forest behind the TEA campus. Using the aforementioned materials, children will develop self-portraits while creating physical analogies that generate connections between themselves and the natural environment.
9:00am – 10:00am: Greeting, initiatives and team building
10:00am - 12:00pm: Gather materials and begin portraits
12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch
1:00pm – 2:30pm: Finalize self-portraits.
2:30pm – 3:00pm: Closing Circle (reflection and appreciation)


Day 3 – TEA Campus – Kings Beach: Participants will be introduced to a new genre of art created by a local Tahoe artist.
9:00am – 10:00am: Greeting, initiatives and team building
10:00am – 12:00pm: Begin Guest Artist Series with local wood artist and carver Chris Strand.
12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch
1:00pm – 2:30pm: Finalize wood project with Guest Artist
2:30pm – 3:00pm: Closing Circle (reflection and appreciation)


Day 4 – TEA Campus – Kings Beach: Participants will explore the North Shore of Lake Tahoe and collect materials that will be used to create an art piece that is representative of their physical actions.
9:00am – 10:00am: Greeting, initiatives and team building
10:00am – 12:00pm: Gather materials and create collages
12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch
1:00pm – 2:30pm: Finish painting clay creations from first day.
2:30pm – 3:00pm: Closing Circle (reflection and appreciation)

**Waivers: The following waivers must be completed and mailed before camp beings. Please mail to Attn: Eric Martin Tahoe Expedition Academy 8651 Speckled Ave. Box 1272, Kings Beach, CA 96143.**






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Rock Climbing Camp

The Rock Climbing Clinic is designed to foster the elementary skills, within every participant, which are necessary to function safely and confidently on rock and other potentially hazardous alpine terrain. Fundamentals including rope handling, route finding as well as traditional technique and form will be practiced. Each day participants will be a part of an interactive environment that focuses heavily on the development of self-confidence and interpersonal trust.

Earth science is a daily component of camp life. Camp director, DC Larrabee, will teach campers about geology, the tectonic forces that created the Lake Tahoe Basin and more.

Camp Director: DC Larrabee - school Founder and Director of Science and Adventure.

Ages: Designed for 8-14 year old campers.

Gender: Boys and Girls.

Dates: Monday, August 4th – Thursday, August 7th

Times: 8:00am – 3:00pm each day.

Ability Level: Beginner to Advanced

Where: Participants will meet each morning at Tahoe Expedition Academy located at 8651 Speckled Ave. Kings Beach, CA 96143.

Financial Commitment: Participants are charged per session.

Cost: $600

**Waivers: The following waivers must be completed and mailed before camp beings. Please mail to Attn: Eric Martin Tahoe Expedition Academy 8651 Speckled Ave. Box 1272, Kings Beach, CA 96143.**






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Mountain AdventHER

Tahoe Expedition Academy offers a variety of engaging academic and adventure based summer programs. Mountain AdventHER is a wilderness expedition designed for beginner to experienced female backpackers. Campers will depart TEA’s basecamp for a 4 day, 3 night exploration of the Tahoe Basin wilderness. Natural exploration, physical challenge, and personal triumphs are commonplace on this alpine single track quest. Additionally campers will build character, make new friends and gain backcountry survival skills.

Ages: This camping trip is designed for 8-14 year old campers.

Gender: Girls.

Dates: Monday, July 28th – Thursday, July 31st

Times: Monday 8am – Thursday 3pm.

Where: Campers will meet at Tahoe Expedition Academy located at 8651 Speckled Ave. Kings Beach, CA 96143, then depart for Big Meadow trailhead.

Financial Commitment: Participants are charged per session.

Cost: $650

Detailed 2014 camp information will be emailed to parents of registered campers.

Please check out last year’s camp itinerary below to see the types of activities, and adventures your camper will experience this summer.

Day 1 – TEA Campus – Round Lake: Through new, challenging experiences campers will learn to recognize their own personal strengths and develop the skills they need to survive in the wilderness and be a leader back at home.
8:00am – 9:00am: Greeting, initiatives and team building
9:00am – 12:00pm: Start at Big Meadow trailhead
12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch
1:00pm – 7:00pm: Continue hike to Round Lake, make camp on the shores of Round Lake, explore and fix dinner
7:00pm – 8:00pm: Closing Circle (reflection and appreciation) and lights out

Day 2 – Round Lake – Showers Lake: Campers will experience a true backcountry trip with the breaking down and setting up of their camps and moving their gear to a new site further in the backcountry. They will gain insight and proficiency in Leave No Trace Ethics.
8:00am – 9:00am: Greeting, initiatives, team building and breakfast
9:00am - 12:00pm: Break camp and backpack to Showers Lake
12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch
1:00pm – 7:00pm: Continue hike to Showers Lake, make camp, explore and fix dinner.
7:00pm – 8:00pm: Closing Circle (reflection and appreciation) and lights out

Day 3 – Showers Lake – Round Lake: Finding themselves in the backcountry, campers will foster a sense of responsibility, self-reliance and respect for the natural environment and their teammates as they backpack to another remote alpine lake.
8:00am – 9:00am: Greeting, initiatives, team building and breakfast
9:00am - 12:00pm: Break camp and backpack to Round Lake
12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch
1:00pm – 7:00pm: Continue hike to Round Lake, make camp, explore and fix dinner.
7:00pm – 8:00pm: Closing Circle (reflection and appreciation) and lights out

Day 4 – Round Lake – TEA Campus: Participants will lead the hike back to the pick-up zone to demonstrate their new wilderness knowledge and skills. They will use their navigation tools and abilities to guide the team and assess and manage risks along the way.
8:00am – 9:00am: Greeting, initiatives, team building and breakfast
9:00am - 12:00pm: Break camp and backpack to trailhead
12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch
1:00pm – 2:30pm: Continue hike to trailhead and transportation. Return to TEA campus
2:30pm – 3:00pm: Closing Circle (reflection and appreciation)

**Waivers: The following waivers must be completed and mailed before camp beings. Please mail to Attn: Eric Martin Tahoe Expedition Academy 8651 Speckled Ave. Box 1272, Kings Beach, CA 96143.**






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Little Incredibles Wilderness Camp I

This summer camp invites young children to explore and experience our natural world while learning the foundation of a responsible, safe, and respectful relationship to our environment and all the life that it supports. While immersed in the outdoors, the students will learn the practice and science of “Leave no Trace”, trail safety and etiquette, orienteering and map making, camping how-to and safety, flora and fauna biology and an action plan for when things go wrong. This is a four-day adventure that will require each child to come prepared with a backpack, sunscreen applied, lunch, water bottle, good shoes and a great attitude!

Ages: Session I is designed for 3-6 year old campers.

Gender: Boys and Girls.

When: Monday, June 30th – Thursday, July 3rd

Times: 9:00am – 3:00pm each day.

Where: Participants will meet each morning at Tahoe Expedition Academy located at 8651 Speckled Ave. Kings Beach, CA 96143.

Financial Commitment: Participants are charged per session.

Cost: $350

Following is a detailed outline of the camp curriculum. It is important to note that flexibility is the most important material necessary to a successful and effective learning experience. I have provided and have prepared for the given outlined curriculum, but I reserve the right to accommodate authentic curiosity and educational interest from my students.

Guiding Question: How can I experience nature responsibly, safely, and respectfully in all foreseeable conditions?

Learning Target: I can negotiate, experience, and enjoy nature in a responsible, safe, and respectful manner by learning about the environment, following respectful backcountry guidelines and understanding the steps to take if things go wrong.

Day 1: Welcome to the Outdoors! This day will be dedicated to all of the “Do’s” of fun and responsible outdoor explorations. The students will hike through the woods, explore some unfamiliar areas, investigate a variety of habitats, learn to mark the trail with cairns and play a whistle game to reinforce the potential purposes of the whistle as a tool.
  • Do stick together! It is essential that we stay together as a group so that we know everyone is safe.
  • Do stay on the trail! Minimize impact on the natural habitat and the animals that depend on that habitat. Staying on the trail also prevents people from getting lost.
  • Do use a whistle wisely! Whistles are for emergencies.
  • Do practice “Leave No Trace” principles!
  • Do observe, listen, look, smell, and feel your surroundings.
  • Do explore!
Activity 1: What’s in your backpack? There are a few must haves when packing your backpack for an outdoor adventure. The students will unload and take inventory of their packs. Supplementary items will be dispersed including a whistle, a light, an emergency blanket and a brightly colored bandana.

Activity 2: Your whistle is a tool: Each student will be given a safety whistle. A safety whistle in the outdoors is a tool that can bring attention to an emergency or other important situation. While it is fun to blow the whistle, blowing the whistle when there is no reason erases the purpose of the whistle. The students will be instructed to only blow their whistle when they need it. Many stuffed animals have been hidden along the trail. When they find an animal, they may blow their whistle. There will be many animals this first day, but there will still be animals on subsequent days.

Activity 3: Different animals need different habitats: We will investigate at least three different habitats along our journey. The students will compare and contrast the different habitats and hypothesize the kind of animals that rely on them.

Activity 4: Mark your trail: The students will be introduced to cairns, how to make them and how to read them. We will mark our trail throughout the day.

Day 2: Maps and Orienteering: Today the students will be introduced to compasses and mapping.

Activity 1: Introduction to the compass: Each student will be given a compass to use for the day. We will practice how to use it before we depart on the day’s journey. The students can explore with their compass on their own as we hike, or with more instruction if they want it.

Activity 2: Treasure hunting by orienteering: A few different orienteering courses will be ready for the students to navigate, ending with buried “treasure”. The students will use their compasses and tape measure, as well as some teamwork, in order to find their treasure.

Activity 3: Making a picture map: The students will make a picture map during our adventure. When we arrive at a landmark, they can either draw the landmark, or use a provided cut-out picture on their map. The students can tell the story of the day by using the picture map as a “story”.

Day 3: Let’s go Camping: Today, we are going camping! The students will make believe camp and will practice practical and safety skills including picking a campsite, setting up camp, building a campfire, putting out a fire, storing food at camp and filtering water.

Activity 1: Picking the perfect campsite. If it is possible, camp at an established site in order to minimize impact. If it is not possible, one can practice low-impact camping by finding a durable site that is at least 200 feet from water. The students will decide on a site, taking into consideration the ground conditions, slope and exposure.

Activity 2: Setting up camp. The students will plan out the site designating sleeping, eating, and fire space allocations. The students will set up tents.

Activity 3: Building a fire. Fires can only be built if it is allowed in the specific location and season. If fires are allowed, choose an area that has at least 6-8 ft of clearance of “fuel” such as trees and bushes. The students will line the bottom and sides of their fire pit with rocks. They will clear all possible burnable debris from the area of the fire. The students will gather sticks for the fire. We will have a make believe campfire and roast some goodies.

Activity 4: Putting out a fire. Knowing how to put out a fire is more important than knowing how to build one. It is best to allow the fire to burn out completely. Afterward, douse with lots of water, spread out the coals. Do not bury a fire because the smoldering embers can start roots on fire. The children will disassemble the fire pit.

Activity 5: Storing food at camp. Storing food at camp is an important skill. In many local wilderness areas bear canisters are required. The students will be able to explore a couple of these. In areas where bear canisters are not required, hanging food is the safest way to store food at camp. Food should be hung between two trees, at least 10 feet from each tree and 15 feet off the ground. This location should not be next to the sleeping area of camp. The students will practice this.

Activity 6: Filtering water. Students will observe unfiltered water, filter water and compare it to the unfiltered water.

Day 4: Survival, what to do if you get lost: Today we will explore some actions that can help us survive and be found if lost in the backcountry.

Activity 1: STOP. Stop, Think, Observe, Plan. The students will be divided into two groups, each group will come up with their STOP approach and present to the group.

Activity 2: Make a shelter. We will practice finding and making shelters, taking into consideration floor preparation, exposure and insulation.

Activity 3: Lost scenarios. Each child, with the help of the helper, will get a turn to get “lost”. They will use their skills and tools to make a shelter and to draw attention to their location so that the rescuers can find them. Emphasis on methods of drawing attention to location will be made. When the student is ready, he/she will blow their whistle.

**Waivers: The following waivers must be completed and mailed before camp beings. Please mail to Attn: Eric Martin Tahoe Expedition Academy 8651 Speckled Ave. Box 1272, Kings Beach, CA 96143.**






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Little Incredibles Wilderness Camp II

This summer camp invites young children to explore and experience our natural world while learning the foundation of a responsible, safe, and respectful relationship to our environment and all the life that it supports. While immersed in the outdoors, the students will learn the practice and science of “Leave no Trace”, trail safety and etiquette, orienteering and map making, camping how-to and safety, flora and fauna biology and an action plan for when things go wrong. This is a four-day adventure that will require each child to come prepared with a backpack, sunscreen applied, lunch, water bottle, good shoes and a great attitude!

Ages: Session II is designed for 3-6 year old campers.

Gender: Boys and Girls.

When: Monday, July 21st – Thursday, July 24th

Times: 9:00am – 3:00pm each day.

Where: Participants will meet each morning at Tahoe Expedition Academy located at 8651 Speckled Ave. Kings Beach, CA 96143.

Financial Commitment: Participants are charged per session.

Cost: $350

Following is a detailed outline of the camp curriculum. It is important to note that flexibility is the most important material necessary to a successful and effective learning experience. I have provided and have prepared for the given outlined curriculum, but I reserve the right to accommodate authentic curiosity and educational interest from my students.

Guiding Question: How can I experience nature responsibly, safely, and respectfully in all foreseeable conditions?

Learning Target: I can negotiate, experience, and enjoy nature in a responsible, safe, and respectful manner by learning about the environment, following respectful backcountry guidelines and understanding the steps to take if things go wrong.

Day 1: Welcome to the Outdoors! This day will be dedicated to all of the “Do’s” of fun and responsible outdoor explorations. The students will hike through the woods, explore some unfamiliar areas, investigate a variety of habitats, learn to mark the trail with cairns and play a whistle game to reinforce the potential purposes of the whistle as a tool.
  • Do stick together! It is essential that we stay together as a group so that we know everyone is safe.
  • Do stay on the trail! Minimize impact on the natural habitat and the animals that depend on that habitat. Staying on the trail also prevents people from getting lost.
  • Do use a whistle wisely! Whistles are for emergencies.
  • Do practice “Leave No Trace” principles!
  • Do observe, listen, look, smell, and feel your surroundings.
  • Do explore!
Activity 1: What’s in your backpack? There are a few must haves when packing your backpack for an outdoor adventure. The students will unload and take inventory of their packs. Supplementary items will be dispersed including a whistle, a light, an emergency blanket and a brightly colored bandana.

Activity 2: Your whistle is a tool: Each student will be given a safety whistle. A safety whistle in the outdoors is a tool that can bring attention to an emergency or other important situation. While it is fun to blow the whistle, blowing the whistle when there is no reason erases the purpose of the whistle. The students will be instructed to only blow their whistle when they need it. Many stuffed animals have been hidden along the trail. When they find an animal, they may blow their whistle. There will be many animals this first day, but there will still be animals on subsequent days.

Activity 3: Different animals need different habitats: We will investigate at least three different habitats along our journey. The students will compare and contrast the different habitats and hypothesize the kind of animals that rely on them.

Activity 4: Mark your trail: The students will be introduced to cairns, how to make them and how to read them. We will mark our trail throughout the day.

Day 2: Maps and Orienteering: Today the students will be introduced to compasses and mapping.

Activity 1: Introduction to the compass: Each student will be given a compass to use for the day. We will practice how to use it before we depart on the day’s journey. The students can explore with their compass on their own as we hike, or with more instruction if they want it.

Activity 2: Treasure hunting by orienteering: A few different orienteering courses will be ready for the students to navigate, ending with buried “treasure”. The students will use their compasses and tape measure, as well as some teamwork, in order to find their treasure.

Activity 3: Making a picture map: The students will make a picture map during our adventure. When we arrive at a landmark, they can either draw the landmark, or use a provided cut-out picture on their map. The students can tell the story of the day by using the picture map as a “story”.

Day 3: Let’s go Camping: Today, we are going camping! The students will make believe camp and will practice practical and safety skills including picking a campsite, setting up camp, building a campfire, putting out a fire, storing food at camp and filtering water.

Activity 1: Picking the perfect campsite. If it is possible, camp at an established site in order to minimize impact. If it is not possible, one can practice low-impact camping by finding a durable site that is at least 200 feet from water. The students will decide on a site, taking into consideration the ground conditions, slope and exposure.

Activity 2: Setting up camp. The students will plan out the site designating sleeping, eating, and fire space allocations. The students will set up tents.

Activity 3: Building a fire. Fires can only be built if it is allowed in the specific location and season. If fires are allowed, choose an area that has at least 6-8 ft of clearance of “fuel” such as trees and bushes. The students will line the bottom and sides of their fire pit with rocks. They will clear all possible burnable debris from the area of the fire. The students will gather sticks for the fire. We will have a make believe campfire and roast some goodies.

Activity 4: Putting out a fire. Knowing how to put out a fire is more important than knowing how to build one. It is best to allow the fire to burn out completely. Afterward, douse with lots of water, spread out the coals. Do not bury a fire because the smoldering embers can start roots on fire. The children will disassemble the fire pit.

Activity 5: Storing food at camp. Storing food at camp is an important skill. In many local wilderness areas bear canisters are required. The students will be able to explore a couple of these. In areas where bear canisters are not required, hanging food is the safest way to store food at camp. Food should be hung between two trees, at least 10 feet from each tree and 15 feet off the ground. This location should not be next to the sleeping area of camp. The students will practice this.

Activity 6: Filtering water. Students will observe unfiltered water, filter water and compare it to the unfiltered water.

Day 4: Survival, what to do if you get lost: Today we will explore some actions that can help us survive and be found if lost in the backcountry.

Activity 1: STOP. Stop, Think, Observe, Plan. The students will be divided into two groups, each group will come up with their STOP approach and present to the group.

Activity 2: Make a shelter. We will practice finding and making shelters, taking into consideration floor preparation, exposure and insulation.

Activity 3: Lost scenarios. Each child, with the help of the helper, will get a turn to get “lost”. They will use their skills and tools to make a shelter and to draw attention to their location so that the rescuers can find them. Emphasis on methods of drawing attention to location will be made. When the student is ready, he/she will blow their whistle.

**Waivers: The following waivers must be completed and mailed before camp beings. Please mail to Attn: Eric Martin Tahoe Expedition Academy 8651 Speckled Ave. Box 1272, Kings Beach, CA 96143.**






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Little Incredibles Wilderness Camp III

This summer camp invites young children to explore and experience our natural world while learning the foundation of a responsible, safe, and respectful relationship to our environment and all the life that it supports. While immersed in the outdoors, the students will learn the practice and science of “Leave no Trace”, trail safety and etiquette, orienteering and map making, camping how-to and safety, flora and fauna biology and an action plan for when things go wrong. This is a four-day adventure that will require each child to come prepared with a backpack, sunscreen applied, lunch, water bottle, good shoes and a great attitude!

Ages: Session III is designed for 3-6 year old campers.

Gender: Boys and Girls.

When: Monday, Aug 4th – Thursday, Aug 7th

Times: 9:00am – 3:00pm each day.

Where: Participants will meet each morning at Tahoe Expedition Academy located at 8651 Speckled Ave. Kings Beach, CA 96143.

Financial Commitment: Participants are charged per session.

Cost: $350

Following is a detailed outline of the camp curriculum. It is important to note that flexibility is the most important material necessary to a successful and effective learning experience. I have provided and have prepared for the given outlined curriculum, but I reserve the right to accommodate authentic curiosity and educational interest from my students.

Guiding Question: How can I experience nature responsibly, safely, and respectfully in all foreseeable conditions?

Learning Target: I can negotiate, experience, and enjoy nature in a responsible, safe, and respectful manner by learning about the environment, following respectful backcountry guidelines and understanding the steps to take if things go wrong.

Day 1: Welcome to the Outdoors! This day will be dedicated to all of the “Do’s” of fun and responsible outdoor explorations. The students will hike through the woods, explore some unfamiliar areas, investigate a variety of habitats, learn to mark the trail with cairns and play a whistle game to reinforce the potential purposes of the whistle as a tool.
  • Do stick together! It is essential that we stay together as a group so that we know everyone is safe.
  • Do stay on the trail! Minimize impact on the natural habitat and the animals that depend on that habitat. Staying on the trail also prevents people from getting lost.
  • Do use a whistle wisely! Whistles are for emergencies.
  • Do practice “Leave No Trace” principles!
  • Do observe, listen, look, smell, and feel your surroundings.
  • Do explore!
Activity 1: What’s in your backpack? There are a few must haves when packing your backpack for an outdoor adventure. The students will unload and take inventory of their packs. Supplementary items will be dispersed including a whistle, a light, an emergency blanket and a brightly colored bandana.

Activity 2: Your whistle is a tool: Each student will be given a safety whistle. A safety whistle in the outdoors is a tool that can bring attention to an emergency or other important situation. While it is fun to blow the whistle, blowing the whistle when there is no reason erases the purpose of the whistle. The students will be instructed to only blow their whistle when they need it. Many stuffed animals have been hidden along the trail. When they find an animal, they may blow their whistle. There will be many animals this first day, but there will still be animals on subsequent days.

Activity 3: Different animals need different habitats: We will investigate at least three different habitats along our journey. The students will compare and contrast the different habitats and hypothesize the kind of animals that rely on them.

Activity 4: Mark your trail: The students will be introduced to cairns, how to make them and how to read them. We will mark our trail throughout the day.

Day 2: Maps and Orienteering: Today the students will be introduced to compasses and mapping.

Activity 1: Introduction to the compass: Each student will be given a compass to use for the day. We will practice how to use it before we depart on the day’s journey. The students can explore with their compass on their own as we hike, or with more instruction if they want it.

Activity 2: Treasure hunting by orienteering: A few different orienteering courses will be ready for the students to navigate, ending with buried “treasure”. The students will use their compasses and tape measure, as well as some teamwork, in order to find their treasure.

Activity 3: Making a picture map: The students will make a picture map during our adventure. When we arrive at a landmark, they can either draw the landmark, or use a provided cut-out picture on their map. The students can tell the story of the day by using the picture map as a “story”.

Day 3: Let’s go Camping: Today, we are going camping! The students will make believe camp and will practice practical and safety skills including picking a campsite, setting up camp, building a campfire, putting out a fire, storing food at camp and filtering water.

Activity 1: Picking the perfect campsite. If it is possible, camp at an established site in order to minimize impact. If it is not possible, one can practice low-impact camping by finding a durable site that is at least 200 feet from water. The students will decide on a site, taking into consideration the ground conditions, slope and exposure.

Activity 2: Setting up camp. The students will plan out the site designating sleeping, eating, and fire space allocations. The students will set up tents.

Activity 3: Building a fire. Fires can only be built if it is allowed in the specific location and season. If fires are allowed, choose an area that has at least 6-8 ft of clearance of “fuel” such as trees and bushes. The students will line the bottom and sides of their fire pit with rocks. They will clear all possible burnable debris from the area of the fire. The students will gather sticks for the fire. We will have a make believe campfire and roast some goodies.

Activity 4: Putting out a fire. Knowing how to put out a fire is more important than knowing how to build one. It is best to allow the fire to burn out completely. Afterward, douse with lots of water, spread out the coals. Do not bury a fire because the smoldering embers can start roots on fire. The children will disassemble the fire pit.

Activity 5: Storing food at camp. Storing food at camp is an important skill. In many local wilderness areas bear canisters are required. The students will be able to explore a couple of these. In areas where bear canisters are not required, hanging food is the safest way to store food at camp. Food should be hung between two trees, at least 10 feet from each tree and 15 feet off the ground. This location should not be next to the sleeping area of camp. The students will practice this.

Activity 6: Filtering water. Students will observe unfiltered water, filter water and compare it to the unfiltered water.

Day 4: Survival, what to do if you get lost: Today we will explore some actions that can help us survive and be found if lost in the backcountry.

Activity 1: STOP. Stop, Think, Observe, Plan. The students will be divided into two groups, each group will come up with their STOP approach and present to the group.

Activity 2: Make a shelter. We will practice finding and making shelters, taking into consideration floor preparation, exposure and insulation.

Activity 3: Lost scenarios. Each child, with the help of the helper, will get a turn to get “lost”. They will use their skills and tools to make a shelter and to draw attention to their location so that the rescuers can find them. Emphasis on methods of drawing attention to location will be made. When the student is ready, he/she will blow their whistle.

**Waivers: The following waivers must be completed and mailed before camp beings. Please mail to Attn: Eric Martin Tahoe Expedition Academy 8651 Speckled Ave. Box 1272, Kings Beach, CA 96143.**






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Trail Fever

Tahoe Expedition Academy offers a variety of engaging academic and adventure based summer programs. Trail Fever is a wilderness expedition designed for beginner to experienced male backpackers. Campers will depart TEA’s basecamp for a 4 day, 3 night exploration of the Tahoe Basin wilderness. Natural exploration, physical challenge, and personal triumphs are commonplace on this alpine single track quest. Additionally campers will build character, make new friends and gain backcountry survival skills.

Ages: This camping trip is designed for 8-14 year old campers.

Gender: Boys.

Dates: Monday, July 14th – Thursday, July 17th

Times: Monday 8:00am – Thursday 3:00pm

Where: Campers will meet at Tahoe Expedition Academy located at 8651 Speckled Ave. Kings Beach, CA 96143, then depart for Spooner Lake trailhead.

Financial Commitment: Participants are charged per session.

Cost: $650

Detailed 2014 camp information will be emailed to parents of registered campers.

Please check out last year’s camp itinerary below to see the types of activities, and adventures your camper will experience this summer.

Day 1 – TEA Campus – Kings Beach - Marlette Lake: Through new and challenging experiences campers will learn to recognize their own personal strengths and develop the skills they need to survive in the wilderness and be a leader back at home.
8:00am – 9:00am: Greeting, initiatives and team building
9:00am – 12:00pm: Start at Spooner Lake trailhead
12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch
1:00pm – 7:00pm: Make camp above Marlette Lake, explore the surrounding area and prepare dinner
7:00pm – 8:00pm: Closing Circle (reflection and appreciation) and lights out

Day 2 – Marlette Lake: Finding themselves in the backcountry, campers will foster a sense of responsibility, self-reliance and respect for the natural environment and their teammates.
8:00am – 9:00am: Greeting, initiatives, team building and breakfast
9:00am – 12:00pm: Exploring the eastern side of the Tahoe Basin and learning about Tahoe’s splendid flora and fauna
12:00pm– 1:00pm: Lunch
1:00pm – 7:00pm: Sharpen navigation skills, practice essential survival techniques, explore and prepare dinner
7:00pm – 8:00pm: Closing Circle (reflection and appreciation) and lights out

Day 3 – Marlette Lake – Hobart Reservoir: Today campers will trek up to 7,650 feet to visit the remote Hobart Reservoir and experience a true piece of 19-century history.
8:00am – 9:00am: Greeting, initiatives, team building and breakfast
9:00am - 12:00pm: Hike to Hobart Reservoir
12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch
1:00pm – 7:00pm: Hike back to camp, exploration and dinner preparation
7:00pm – 8:00pm: Closing Circle (reflection and appreciation) and lights out

Day 4 – Marlette Lake - TEA Campus
8:00am – 9:00am: Greeting, initiatives, team building and breakfast
9:00am - 12:00pm: Break camp and hike back to trailhead
12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch
1:00pm – 2:30pm: Campers will arrive back at the TEA campus with a new appreciation for the natural world, and the knowledge and tools to be a great leader in the backcountry and back at home.
2:30pm – 3:00pm: Closing Circle (reflection and appreciation)

**Waivers: The following waivers must be completed and mailed before camp beings. Please mail to Attn: Eric Martin Tahoe Expedition Academy 8651 Speckled Ave. Box 1272, Kings Beach, CA 96143.**






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Mountain Biking Camp

TEA’s mountain biking camp is designed for beginner to advanced mountain bikers. Campers will be grouped by skill level and ride trails best suited for their abilities. As campers progress so will the challenges of each ride. Rides will range from the picturesque Tahoe Rim Trail to the historic Immigrant Trail to exciting downhill and pump track courses. In addition to mountain biking, campers will have the opportunity to enjoy Lake Tahoe, camping under the stars, and learn about the history and biology of the region.

Camp itinerary will be emailed to registered participants.

Ages: 8yrs old – 13yrs old

Gender: Boys and Girls.

Dates: Monday, June 30th – Thursday, July 3rd

Times: A specific itinerary will be emailed to camp participants. Overnight and day camper itineraries will vary.

Ability Level: Beginner to intermediate.

Where: Overnight camp site is located in the Tahoe Basin; specifics will be emailed to camp participants.

Financial Commitment: Participants are charged per session.

What to Bring:
  • Mountain bike with (minimum) front suspension
  • Sleeping bag and pad
  • Toiletries (including medication/s)
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing for rides
  • Jacket and warmer layers for night
  • Bathing suit
Cost:
  • Overnight Camper Rate: $750 (includes tents, food and guide services, Northstar downhill pass)
  • Day Camper Rate: $525

**Waivers: The following waivers must be completed and mailed before camp beings. Please mail to Attn: Eric Martin Tahoe Expedition Academy 8651 Speckled Ave. Box 1272, Kings Beach, CA 96143.**






Lacrosse Camp

This lacrosse camp is an affordable, quality camp option designed for beginner to intermediate lacrosse players. Campers will learn the fundamentals and traditions of lacrosse in an engaging environment from coaches dedicated to elevating lacrosse in the Tahoe and Reno. 2010 Gold Medalist and All Pro Eric Martin will direct camp along with Princeton Tiger Alum, All American and National Champion, Taylor Simmers. This camp is run in partnership with North Tahoe Lacrosse Club and High Sierra Lacrosse Club. Prominent coaches and current pro/international players will be announced as camp approaches.

Ages: Designed for 8-14 year old campers.

Gender: Boys.

Dates: Monday, July 7th – Thursday, July 10th

Times: 9:00am – 3:00pm each day

Ability Level: Beginner to intermediate.

Where: Participants will meet each morning at 9:00am at Tahoe Expedition Academy located at 8651 Speckled Ave., Kings Beach, CA 96143 then depart to North Tahoe athletic fields.

Financial Commitment: Participants are charged per session.

Cost: $300

**Waivers: The following waivers must be completed and mailed before camp beings. Please mail to Attn: Eric Martin Tahoe Expedition Academy 8651 Speckled Ave. Box 1272, Kings Beach, CA 96143.**






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Pure Sports 2014

Participants will learn the fundamentals of lacrosse, soccer, street hockey and more from an accomplished and dedicated coaching staff. Campers will learn the basic rules of each sport as well as develop hand eye coordination. Plenty of free play will take place during each session. Additionally, campers will build self-confidence, make new friends and enjoy playing new sports, or improving upon ones they already play.

Ages: Designed for kids entering Kindergarteners to 8-year-old campers.

Gender: Boys and Girls.

Dates: Monday, August 4th – Thursday, August 7th.

Times: 9:00am – 3:00pm each day.

Where: Participants will meet each morning at Tahoe Expedition Academy located on 8651 Speckled Ave. Kings Beach, CA 96143, then depart to Tahoe Vista athletic fields to play.

Financial Commitment: Participants are charged per session.

Cost: $275

Instructor: Eric Martin – professional lacrosse player, collegiate and world champion lacrosse player. He has 13 years of coaching experience working with athletes 5 years old to collegiate athletes. Eric grew up playing lacrosse and soccer at a high level in Norfolk, VA, and enjoys playing and watching nearly every major sport.

Instructions: Campers must wear athletic clothes to camp and bring a pair of cleats or all trail type running shoes for games on the grass or in the gym. Please pack a lunch for each day of camp. Snacks will be provided by TEA – please notify Eric Martin of any food allergies with the camp medical form. Please bring a personal water bottle to reduce paper waste.

**Waivers: The following waivers must be completed and mailed before camp beings. Please mail to Attn: Eric Martin Tahoe Expedition Academy 8651 Speckled Ave. Box 1272, Kings Beach, CA 96143.**






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Summer Camp Cancellation Policy

Refund Policy

First, we would like to encourage you to simply move to another session so your child can have the experience of summer camp. However, we understand that things come up and you may need to cancel all together. To do so, please call or email us at your earliest convenience.

  • 30 or more days before the session start date = 100% refund.
  • Two weeks prior to session start date = 50% refund.
Medical Reason for Cancellation

We understand that medical issues may arise over the summer or just as your child is set to attend camp. Please call us as soon as possible to inform us of your need to cancel. We will ask that you submit a written excuse from your child's physician. If your child is sick and there is time and room, we will work with you to switch your camper to a later session.

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