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Summer Immersion

3 week expeditions for middle & high school youth.

A summer camp unlike any other! Join us for this 3-week expedition overnight. Led by expert Trackers Guides, connect with friends while learning outdoor skills and exploring the Pacific Northwest! Train in wilderness survival and forest craft while camping in the foothills of Mount Hood. Fish and forage along the Oregon Coast. Flintknap stone arrowheads in the High Desert. Travel the river in a multi-day overnight paddle trip.

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Summer Expedition

We begin by building your outdoor and expeditionary skills at our home base in the foothills of Mount Hood. Train in stealth, archery, and wilderness survival. Pursue the ancient Art of Tracking. Learn old-school outdoor skills like how to use an ax, process animals, and cook your meals outdoors.

Next, we start our journey across the Pacific Northwest. Forage for wild foods on the Oregon Coast. Travel the high desert crafting tools like baskets, bow drills, and obsidian-tipped arrows. Navigate epic landscapes by map and compass. We end our trip with an epic multi-day paddle down the mighty Willamette River.

Experience Goals

Our expert Guides lead action-packed camps filled with hands-on outdoor skills:

  • Learn the way of the Tracker! Develop incredible awareness and observation skills.
  • Train with the Rangers: Wilderness Survival, Tracking, and Stealth.
  • Tend to the land with the Wilders: Farming, Folk Craft, and Gardening.
  • Forage with the Mariners: Fishing, Water Craft, and Sustainability.
  • Create with the Artisans: Woodworking, Hand Crafts, and Storytelling.
  • Become invisible! Sneak through the forest playing games of stealth.
  • Journey west, foraging and fishing your way along the Oregon coast.
  • Travel the High Desert, learning to make obsidian arrowheads and other crafts.
  • Navigate by compass, map, sun and all of nature.
  • Build expedition skills: Preparation, Organization, Planning.
  • Learn how to care for expeditionary gear, equipment & vehicles.
  • Connect with new and old friends while exploring and having fun.

Teams - Exceptional & Self-Directed

Our expectations for all participants in this program are high. As a Tracker and a member of a Trackers Team, you must aspire to exceptional progress. In many activities we trust youth to explore and engage in projects in a self-directed manner. With training, teams are given more operational freedom than in a typical camp program. Together, teams participate in cooking, explore on their own, and set group goals. With greater freedom comes greater responsibility. You do this together in a Trackers Team. Your focus is contribution to each other and community.

Lead Guides

This program is led by Edan Kahane. Growing up in New York, Israel, Indiana, North Carolina, and Massachusetts, Edan is a born explorer. After earning a master’s degree from the University of Chicago, Edan joined Trackers in 2016. He has worked as a Guide, a founding teacher for our micro Forest School, Bay Area Regional Director, and Portland’s Director of Field Operations. Edan is now the Primary Guide and Manager of Trackers Immersion, leading this program’s high-level mentoring curriculum. He is passionate about sharing his years of experience in tracking, wilderness skills, and innovative educational methods in this premier outdoor experience.

Additional Guides are chosen and trained by Edan and Trackers Founders based on extensive experience in outdoor education and youth mentoring. Every guide is thoroughly vetted and background checked.