The 14-15 year-old campers take the "next step" and participate in more challenging elements on the low and high ropes course, rock climb outside, and engage in some offsite waterfront activities. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Treks campers hike in the White Mountains. On Thursday evening, other 14-15 year old campers end the week with an overnight campout. Everyone will enjoy participating in exciting new adventures as well as camper favorites.
Activities are subject to weather conditions and other logistical considerations.
Price per week for on- or off-campus options: $500
Price per week for Adventure Treks: $550
Adventure Camp uses team-building and adventure activities to help youth learn how to help one another, listen, speak respectfully, cooperate, and develop leadership. 14-15 year-old campers participate in problem-solving activities such as our "Team Triangle" and the (up-and-over) Wall to build up their group. Campers are encouraged to commit to care and serve others not only at camp but with their families, friends, schools, and communities after Adventure Camp.
High Ropes Course
The high ropes course is a highlight for many campers. They can challenge themselves with the Leap of Faith, the Vertical Playpen, the Wilder Woosey, and other elements. 14-15 year-old campers also have the opportunity to learn how to belay and support their fellow team members.
Campers learn beginning skills of how to rock climb and rappel from skilled instructors at rock climbing sites on the North Shore. In this activity, campers especially have opportunities to grow in confidence and challenge themselves.
Each week, campers participate in different waterfront activities including swimming and canoeing off property at Chebacco Lake (On-Campus option) or the Ipswich River (Off-Campus option). Note that the location of our waterfront activities is subject to weather conditions.
Mountain Biking (On-Campus option)
Campers start with beginner trails and are guided by an experienced mountain bike specialist. Everyone is given the opportunity to try intermediate trails or to continue riding on beginner trails. Mountain biking provides a great adventure in the woods on the several hundred acres of wooded trails adjacent to Gordon College's campus.
Hiking (Off-Campus option)
Campers are guided by experienced staff on well-established trails. We aim to visit a mountain peak or waterfall each week. In close proximity to our camping location, hiking is a fundamental way for campers to experience and enjoy the wilderness.
A special part of the 14-15 year-old program is an overnight campout on Thursday evenings. Campers stay for a cookout, games, a campfire, and camping out overnight in tents. It is a great way to end the week and to get a taste of camping.
For our 14-15 year-old off-campus option this campout takes place off-site, usually in New Hampshire. The exact location varies each week depending on site availability and weather conditions.
Treks campers enjoy camping in the White Mountains of New Hampshire on Tuesday and Wednesday, and return for camp pickup on Thursday.
Adventure Camp provides many opportunities to learn through and reflect on experiences. Reflection times might take place during the overnight campout, through discussions, or within activities.
Treks begin with a day of preparation, team bonding, and high ropes. After arriving to camp on the second day, campers and their counselors will confirm gear and other readiness and head into the White Mountains of New Hampshire! Once arriving, campers will hike to a nearby ‘pristine’ camping site and set up camp. Over the course of Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, campers will (weather permitting) have the opportunity to see a waterfall and view the White Mountains from the top of a mountain – a ‘peak’ experience.
In addition to hiking and incredible views, campers will learn camping basics, including building safe campfires, tent and equipment setup, gear care, and other wilderness protocols. They’ll get to know each other in backcountry settings without the distractions of technology.
On Thursday, campers will make it back to camp in time for 4 p.m. pickup. And on Friday, they’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a final action-packed day at camp, wrapping up with our classic Celebration (where friends and family are always invited).
Did you know that every staff member at La Vida Adventure Camp has first aid and CPR training? Our trip counselors are just a few of our enthusiastic and caring staff who are additionally trained in wilderness, safety, and other camping skills.
As an extended camping experience, the cost of Treks is an additional $80 to cover staff wages, gear, and the food provided on the New Hampshire trip. The total cost for Treks is $500 per session.
Campers are placed in a small group with a trained counseling team. In addition, activity specialists lead our adventure activities. Staff are past and present Gordon College students along with other carefully selected, caring adults. Adventure Camp's primary concern is seeing to each camper's physical, emotional and social needs. For that reason, we limit our camper/staff ratio to 5:1 or lower.