Beginner Backpacking | July 17-20

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Beginner Backpacking | July 17-20


Beginner Backpacking Camp

July 17-20

For youth entering 6th - 10th grades

Learn important back-country survival skills like map reading, orienteering, and wilderness first aid! Stokes Nature Center’s back-country adventure will explore many of the beautiful hidden places throughout the Mt. Naomi Wilderness area that few ever make the trek to see. We’ll observe the ecology of mountain flora and fauna, soak our feet in high mountain lakes, and learn how to safely select, set up and manage a back-country campsite. We’ll spend evenings playing camp games and star-gazing. Team-building and leadership exercises ensure participants connect not only with nature, but with themselves, for the kind of transformative experience every young person should have.

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Drop-off and Pick-up Information

Tuesday: 9 am & 4 pm at Stokes Nature Center Trailhead:

2696 East Hwy 89 Logan, UT 843323
Drop-off time begins at 8:45 am. Pick-up time is from 4:00-4:15 pm. We will begin our camp program at 9:00 am.

Wednesday: 9am at First Dam:

1647-1700 Canyon Rd, Logan, UT 84321

Drop-off time begins at 8:45 am. We will begin our camp program at 9:00 am and will travel to our trailhead

Friday: 1:30-3:30pm (time will vary depending on when we exit the backcountry) at First Dam:

1647-1700 Canyon Rd, Logan, UT 84321


  • Campers need to be signed in and signed out by an adult each day.  If for any reason you plan to send your child home with someone other than the person who drops them off in the morning, you must let our staff members know at the time your child is dropped off. For their safety, your child will not be allowed to leave with an unauthorized person. Please review this information with your child, and plan accordingly.
  • Please thoroughly coat your child with sunscreen each day prior to dropping them off for camp! We will apply sunscreen again mid-day as needed. Remember the activities may include water play and running/movement games so choose appropriate clothing.
  • Electronic devices are not permitted and will be confiscated immediately by camp staff and returned to parents at the end of the camp day. SNC Staff members will have cell phones if parents need to contact them for emergency reasons.

Day Camp Supply List (Tuesday and Wednesday)


  • Sack lunch
  • Wear the Socks and Shoes you plan to wear when backpacking

*We will go over the packing list, pack our backpacks and test fit and comfort on Tuesday during our prep day. We have backpacking backpacks available for camper use. If your child plans on borrowing one for the camp, please bring their backpacking items in a garbage bag so we can help pack and outfit your camper. Sack lunches on Tuesday and Wednesday are the only food parents need to provide.

Overnight Backpacking Supply List


  • Backpacking Backpack (at least 50L)

  • Sleeping bag and stuff sack

  • Mattress Pad

  • Bowl

  • Spoon/Fork/Utensil

  • 2-3 1L water bottles/hydration bladder

  • Headlamp


  • TWO synthetic shirts short sleeve

  • Warm clothing layer (jacket, sweatshirt, etc.)

  • Rain jacket

  • One Pair of synthetic shorts

  • One Pair of lightweight pants

  • THREE pairs of wool or synthetic socks

  • TWO pairs of underwear

  • Sturdy, closed-toe shoes for hiking (no flip-flops or other shoes that are not secure)

  • Sun hat

  • Bandana

  • Lightweight camp shoes


  • Winter hat

  • Sunglasses


  • Toothbrush

  • Tooth paste

  • Sunscreen

  • Feminine products (if applicable)


  • Book

  • Personal Journal

  • Pen

  • Sketchbook

  • Camera


What not to bring:

  • Deodorant

  • Electronic devices (cell phones, music players, video games, etc.)

  • Valuables

  • Cotton clothing

**Please inform us if there is anything on our required packing list that you are unable to provide. We do have a few extra items that are available for campers to borrow upon request.

Camp Activities Schedule

We will be exploring the Mt. Naomi Wilderness on trails north of Tony Grove Lake. We will have a detailed itinerary and trail map but are remaining flexible for any changes in weather and water conditions within the next week.

Tuesday July 18th- Day 1 (9:00am drop off at SNC)

  • Leave No Trace ethics

  • Bear safety

  • Packing our backpacks

  • Meal prep and packing

  • Teambuilding

Wednesday July 19th- Day 2 (9:00am drop off at First Dam)

  • How to hike as a group

  • How to choose a camp location

  • How to bear-proof camp

  • How to purify water

Thursday July 20th- Day 3

  • Day hike

Friday July 21st- Day 4 (1:30-3:30pm pick up at First Dam)

  • Break camp

  • Hike out

  • Travel to First Dam

  • Camper Pick-up

In Case of Emergency

It is important to note that the backcountry of Logan Canyon will not provide cell phone reception, so your child will be unreachable from Wednesday drop off until Friday pick up.  SNC Director of Education will have a schedule of where campers will be each day.  In the case of an emergency, please call SNC during office hours at 435-755-3239.

Safety Information

Stokes Nature Center is committed to safety. This camp will keep at least a 4:1 student:instructor ratio.

 One instructor is a certified Wilderness First Responder and will carry a full first aid kit. All other instructors carry first aid certification as well. In addition, the expedition will carry satellite communication equipment, regularly checking in with the Executive Director.

 If you have any questions or concerns about safety or our Emergency Action Plan, please email Director of Education Patrick Kelly at