Since 2004 Trackers has lead the way in standards of safety for outdoor camps and programs. All camp staff are CPR/First AID certified and have passed a thorough background check. We are very selective in our hiring process, choosing mature and competent individuals with profound experience in both education and skills instruction. Trackers is at the forefront of blending "old school" outdoor education with new and leading standards of safety, responsibility and personalized learning. We seek to bring environmental education back to true adventure in the out of doors.
Top Trackers instructors supervise each camp adventure. They are the most highly trained and experienced educators in the field, well versed in the industry and the Trackers Code of Safety. Our counselors are experts at traditional crafts who possess a deft understanding of true and epic adventure.
Flying to Camp
If your son or daughter will be flying to camp, they’ll be flying into Portland International Airport (PDX).
Depending on their age at the time of flying, the airline may charge an unaccompanied minor fee. Please call the PDX Airport to learn about the specific requirements of each airline and to take care of any fees ahead of time. Trackers will not be responsible for the cost of extra luggage or unaccompanied minor fees. If you would like your child to have some cash for flights home, please put it in an envelope and let your child know where it is. Pick-up and drop-off for campers coming to camp is available. If you’re attending a week-long overnight camp only, please arrange arrival into the Portland Airport before 1pm and on the day the camp session begins. Arrange departure from PDX before 6:00pm on the day the camp session ends.
If your child is attending more than one week of camp and/or their experience with Trackers includes a Weekend Adventure, other flight times may apply.
Please contact us to confirm that your travel plans will meet the above criteria before making final flight arrangements by emailing our Camp Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Camp Duties & Caretaking
At Trackers, we do not shelter kids from the power of responsibility. Everyone has a role to play in the creation and upkeep of our village and camp. Campers get to help out in our wood fired kitchen, possibly milk goats, find eggs, prepare firewood for cooking dinner and even safely light and tend to our evening campfire.
Prepping Your Camper
This program is meant to be taken with regard and respect. We insist on focus, determination and intelligent accountability, especially while working with tools and training challenging skills. Every aspect of training in this program is considered a privilege. We insist that students treat it as such for their benefit and to the value of their learning community. This now said, our camps have and always will be infused with the most vital traits of good humor, celebration and appreciation for each participant.
Many camps utilize a policy where they engage in great efforts to encourage homesick campers to remain at camp. Because our camps are different, because they are purposely more rugged than cabin based programs, we will immediately respect and honor a camper's choice to return home and "try again" another time.
We expect the full cooperation of parents with this policy as cultivating a students full collaboration and emotional presence is important to us as educators and the program we are running. Parents need not worry about this policy being a financial concern. It is covered under our BestCamp Guarantee, with a prorated refund for any amount time your child did not attend camp.
About Meals and Diets
Provided meals are all omnivore. They include an array of vegetables, grains, dairy and meat; all often mixed together. As we cook most of our meals over a wood fired kitchen we are unable to make accommodations and distinctions for specialized or specific diets.
Systemic Food Allergies
To the best of our ability we work to exclude items that typically result in severe systemic reactions leading to anaphylaxis. Working with your medical doctor, if your child has a severe food allergy (such as peanut butter) please Contact Us and we will investigate if it is possible to adjust our meal plans.
Trackers is a Peanut Free camp to accommodate this quickly growing severe systemic reaction (we rely on parents to respect this by not packing lunches or snacks that include peanut products)
Skinning & Butchering
Full Disclosure! In the spirit of learning about local foods, off-site we may even offer the opportunity for students to learn about and partake in butchering and processing local livestock. This will not necessarily happen every week and it will be done with great tact, council and sensitivity. This is purely a LEARNING experience and is fully OPTIONAL. It's goal is to foster respect for the origins of our food.
Please read this blog to better understand how this community need helps support our goals of conservation and respect for the natural world.