Our youngest explorers get to learn the ropes of outdoor adventuring. At Harriman State Park, they experience camping, day hiking, and water sports alongside friends and caring leaders. Your child will learn more about plants and animals, learn to respect nature and leave no trace. This adventure is perfect for kids who have never been to a sleep-away camp before.



At Backyard Basecamp, we travel light.


  • Medium-Sized Duffle Bag or Backpack (50-80 liters)


  • Backyard Basecamp T-shirt (2) - We send your T-shirts to you. Please wear one to the trip beginning.

  • Lightweight Synthetic T-shirt (1)

  • Lightweight Long-Sleeve Shirt (1)

  • Synthetic Shorts (3)

  • Fleece Pants (1) - Please do not bring cotton sweatpants, they are heavy and bulky and will not keep you warm if wet.

  • Synthetic Hiking Pants (optional)

  • Underwear (5)

  • Athletic Socks (4)

  • Swimsuit (1)

  • Pajamas (optional) - (may sleep in shorts and t-shirt if desired)

  • Hat or Visor with brim (1)

Outer Layers

  • Fleece Jacket or Pullover (1)

  • Lightweight Synthetic or Down Jacket (1)

  • Rain Jacket (water proof material - Gore-Tex or similar - is required. Jacket should be large enough to ensure other layers fit underneath. No ponchos.)

General Gear

  • Day Pack (1) - Basic two-shoulder backpack large enough to hold your lunch, two water bottles, snacks, extra layers and rain jacket. Use your day pack for daily activities or hikes. A standard school backpack is usually fine (no satchels or shoulder bags).

  • Sleeping Bag (1) - Any type of sleeping bag is acceptable.

  • Flashlight or Headlamp

  • Bowl, Mug, & Utensils in Mesh Bag - 6" to 8" plastic dish or bowl with top, insulated plastic mug, spoon, fork and knife. (a Tupperware dish and regular utensils are fine)

  • 1 Liter Water Bottle


  • Tennis Shoes or Sneakers - comfortable shoes with good traction

  • Water Shoes - Closed-toed sport sandals, water shoes or old sneakers to wear on the water. Sandals must have a heel strap for activities such as kayaking, rafting or canoeing (flip flops and Crocs are not acceptable).


  • Synthetic Camping Towel - A medium-size synthetic camping towel (synthetic camping towels dry much faster than regular towels).

  • Travel Size Toiletries

  • Sunglasses

  • Sunscreen (SPF 15+) & Chapstick (with SPF protection)

  • Insect Repellant

  • Pillow - compact travel size pillow is recommended

  • Basecamp Field Guide - We will use this for Cairn Workshops and journalling.

  • Camera and extra batteries (optional)

Important Documents

  • Health Insurance

    Please bring an original or copy of your health insurance card.

  • Photo Identification

    If you are not flying: we do not require photo identification. If you are flying within the U.S.: The TSA website has two relevant pieces of information. (1) “TSA does not require children under 18 to provide identification when traveling with a companion within the United States.” This language indicates that TSA staff can insist that an under-18 year old who does not have a companion (we interpret this as a companion who is 18 or over traveling with them—not just checking them in) must have TSA-compliant identification. (2) “Contact the airline for questions regarding specific ID requirements for travelers under 18.” This is always smart to do as airline policies vary widely and change frequently.

Spending Money

  • Spending Money & Miscellaneous Expenses 

    Each student should bring a debit card, an ATM card or a prepaid Visa card to cover spending money and miscellaneous expenses. Spending Money: While all meals and activities are included in the trip fee, we recommend $25/week for spending money (for example: for souvenirs or an occasional drink or snack beyond what is provided to the group as a whole). Miscellaneous Expenses: Most students will incur some expenses while traveling (for example: an equipment repair or baggage fees at trip end). Please add $100 to the debit/ATM/Visa card (in addition to spending money), to cover these expenses.

Things To Know

We travel light at Backyard Basecamp; please only bring the items on this list.

  • Please do not bring your smart phone (or any other electronics).
    Please visit the FAQ tab for more information on our cell phone and electronics policy.

  • Do not bring any type of knife or multi-tool (such as a Swiss Army knife or Leatherman tool).

  • If you are flying to your trip, carry your sleeping bag with you in case your checked luggage fails to arrive on time.

  • Sleeping pads and tents (if applicable) will be provided by Backyard Basecamp.

  • There are no reimbursements for lost, damaged or stolen items.
    Please schedule expensive items—phones, cameras, bicycles, etc.—on your homeowners insurance policy.


5 Days | $1, 035

Start/ End Location

AMC Outdoor Center, Harriman State Park

2019 Dates

Monday, July 8- Friday, July 12

Monday, July 22 - Friday, July 26

Monday August 5 - Friday, August 9


  • Completing grade 2-5 in 2019

  • Students grouped by grades (2-3 & 4-5)

  • Groups limited to 12 Basecampers

Challenge Level

2 (1-10, 1 is easiest)

Included In Trip Fee

  • Meals

  • Group Gear

  • Accommodations

  • Activities

  • EWR Airport Shuttle (schedule if needed)

Not Included In Trip Fee

  • Personal Gear & Clothing (see what to pack)

  • Airfare to and from trip start & end

  • Trip Insurance (recommended)