Wilderness Augusta

Wilderness Summer Camp Northern California – Kid & Teen Outdoor Adventures at Camp Augusta

FAQ - Meals, Sleep & Health

  • How will they get food or water? –will they be able to pack that much food in? Packing for a backpacking trip is an art and our guides are very skilled. Weight is distributed according to the size and ability of each camper. There will be ample food brought along, and equipment for filtering and purifying water. The packs will potentially be 40-50 lbs a piece, and the guides will be prepared to take on extra weight in the event of injury or illness
  • Will they be bringing stoves to cook on? Sometimes. Camp stoves are light, efficient and use only small amounts of natural gas fuel. However, when campfires are allowed in certain areas, they are preferred for cooking and activities. Throughout the hikes, campers and counselors alike will be applying Leave No Trace principles.
  • Will my camper get snacks? How will food be stored to be safe from wildlife? Healthy snacks are an integral part of health and energy management, and will be a daily staple. Storage during the night involves bear-proof containers that are hung from trees to be inaccessible and far away from where campers and staff are sleeping.
  • Where will they be sleeping at night while they’re camping? The groups will mostly sleep under the stars.  For the unlikely case of rain, a tarp will be brought along to create shelter
  • What about Lazy Dog? Does my camper still need store money? Only if they are planning to do a split session trip and will be attending regular camp for part of their experience. Lazy Dog will not be available on the trips due to obvious logistical problems. If this is a problem for your camper, we can happily provide information on how to get in touch with Lazy Dog in order to acquire one another time.
  • My child is a picky eater. Will this be a problem? Campers without legitimate personal or medical dietary constraints MUST be able to eat a regular and varied diet. If this is a serious problem, then attending the trips may be something to reconsider.
  • My camper has specific food requirements (gluten free, allergies, vegan, vegetarian, etc.).  Will this be a problem on the trips? With advanced notification, we can easily make reasonable accommodations for this just as we would at regular camp.
  • My camper needs medications – who will be responsible for those? The trip leader with a WFR certification will handle this.
  • What kind of food will they be eating? Is it balanced nutritionally? Most definitely. It will follow the guidelines of the National Outdoor Leadership School including pasta, grains, oats, legumes, etc. It will be planned in advanced and prepared by the campers and counselors conjunctively.
  • If my camper is homesick, do they have the option of returning to camp?  Overcoming adversity is one of the many benefits of spending time in the backcountry, and one of the primary roles of the counselors is to provide mental, emotional and physical support for the campers. As returning to camp mid-trip would affect all campers and staff involved, this option is available only in the case of a serious injury, serious illness and severe weather conditions.
  • My camper wants to know how they will be able to use the bathroom? Little business is easy and can happen anywhere there is cover enough to make a camper feel comfortable. Big business involves a hike and a shovel. Rugged, but one learns to appreciate and get used to the roots of their humanity. It’s a growing experience.
  • My camper is a girl, what if she gets her period while out on the trip?If she is already on a regular cycle, then carrying supplies for this is wise. If she is not but it is possible to occur for the first time, the female staff on the trip will provide supplies and guidance if necessary. If this is a big concern for your daughter, please call and speak to us.