Grades 6 & 7

For these Basecampers, it’s time to hit the long trails. We learn the basics of backpacking as we take part in a three day trek while packing your own food and shelter. Teamwork and adaptability are discovered through valleys and peaks. Here, you are crew, not merely passengers. Discover self sufficiency in the backcountry!

Groundbreakers will spend 2 nights camping near the main campsite with access to bathrooms and lake for swimming and boat sports. The other 2 nights of camp will be spent in the backcountry - hiking with a full pack, breaking down and rebuilding camp, and carrying all their food for those days! There will be no bathrooms or running water and they will get to learn what it takes to survive in the mountains for a few days and nights!

Check out the example schedules of a day of day camp for our first week in NYC and a day of sleep away camp during our second week at Harriman State Park.


9am Meet at Prospect Park

9:15-10:15 Crew Games

10:15 Snack

10:30-12:00 Cairn Lessons & Basecamp Practice

12:00-12:45 Lunch and Free Play

12:45- 3:45 Field Trip (Prospect Zoo, Govenor’s Island, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Aquarium, etc.)

4pm Pick up from Prospect Park

*Our field trips are focused on places and activities that help children learn more about and earn their Cairn patches. Explore our curriculum more here.

*We will participate in 2 service projects during this week. For example we may care for animals, clean parks, plant or garden.

*We take public transportation and/or walk to all field trips.


7am Wake up & get ready 

7:30 Cook & eat breakfast

8-9:00 Team Building Games & Morning Meditation

9-10:00 Pack up Basecamp

10:00- 12:00 Morning hike (4-5 miles) Cairn Workshops along the way

12 -1:00 Lunch and Break

1-2:30 Afternoon Hike (2-3 miles)

2:30 - 3:00 Set up Basecamp

3-5:00 Afternoon Free Play (swimming, kayaking, group games) 

5:30- 6:30 Rest Time (journaling, drawing, reading)

5:30- 7pm Dinner prep (all hands on deck) and dinner

7-8:00 Crew Fireside (storytelling, games, performances, etc) and treats 

8-9:00 Quiet hour & bedtime (star gazing, reading)

*See our Cairn Guide for examples of Cairn workshops

*Throughout our week there are many opportunities for service & pitching in to help cook, clean, and care for our Basecamp.