Outdoor Explorers Summer Camp 2021

Our Outdoor Explorers Summer Camp is Open for Registration!

Outdoor Explorers takes exploration and play seriously, whether at the beach, in the forest, at a stream, or going up a mountain, we keep our senses alert to find the perfect hiding spot, an excellent skipping rock, a log to walk across, and that Y stick to begin an awesome shelter. Small groups of 8 to 12 children spend the day discovering, playing, and reconnecting with each other and our natural surroundings. Groups will meet directly at the trailhead of the day and will carry all they need in their backpacks.

Registration Guidelines:

  • Children may enroll a maximum of 3 weeks, and must take at least a week off in between camps.
  • We will follow our pandemic protocols which include: small groups, cloth face coverings, social distancing, health screenings and exclusively outdoors
  • Regular tuition is $260/child/week for full days, and $150/child/week for half days, but if that isn’t appropriate for your family, you can name your own price. If you’re enrolling multiple children, list the price per child, the internet will do that math.  *Like last year, we’ll ask anyone paying $150 or less to apply for the city-wide scholarship funds, linked below.
  • After registering you’ll need to complete our Participant Agreement, which is linked below. 
  • Note that this year parents pick-up and drop-off children at the week’s trailhead!  (Accommodating COVID, we’re not using the van).

If a week is full (”out of stock”), if you’ve registered for three weeks, or if you are unsure, sign up for our waitlist – we almost always pull from it.

This page is for kids entering 2nd-8th Grade in the fall. For kids going into Kinder or 1st Grade Register Click Here 


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  1. Log In at Discoverysoutheast.org
  2. Select Week to Enroll In
  3. Input amount you'd like to pay and child's name
  4. Add to Cart
  5. Repeat if needed
  6. Check Out
  7. Fill out Participant Agreement for each child enrolled.

For kids going into 2nd-6th Grade in the fall- Full Days 9am-3pm

Outdoor Skills  June 1-4: Dredge Lakes or June 7-11: 9am-3pm Fish Creek

Do you have the skills to thrive in the wilderness? This week we’ll be building shelters, identifying edible plants, learning navigation, and outdoor leadership skills. 

Southeast Makers & Builders June 14-18: TMHS or June 21-25 (Afternoon Only 12:30-3:30) Basin Road 

Making and building using only what we find outdoors will lead to tons of fun! Whether we work together to build a dam or individually to make our own nature art- it's sure to be a great week to tap into our creative side. Rock cairns, nature weaving, outdoor seating, and leaf tattoos. 

June 21-25: Traverse Treadwell Ditch Trail (so changing trailheads) 4th-6th grade only

This high energy week is for enthusiastic hikers entering 4th-6th grade looking for an interesting and fun through hike adventure. We will be hiking segments of the treadwell ditch trail each day in an attempt to complete the entire 14 miles (+ the spur access trails) in one week. Participants will need to be dropped off at the rotating trailheads and picked up at different trailheads each day. 

Adventure Camp June 28-July 1: West Glacier Trail or July 12-16: Basin Road

The forest is full of adventure for those who seek it. This week is all about finding new ways to interact with the outdoors. Obstacle courses, traveling through or on the water, geocaching, climbing things, and balancing across logs.

Photography Camp June 28-July 1: West Glacier Trail 

Do you like to connect with nature through pictures? We do, too! We will find waterfalls, wildflowers, and maybe even wildlife to practice the art of a beautiful shot. No experience necessary. Cameras preferred over smartphones and other communications devices. Discovery Southeast can provide for students in need of a camera.

Oceans & Streams July 19-23: North Douglas Locations or July 26-30: Auke Locations (3rd-6th grade only)              

Ocean, streams, rivers, lakes and even rain. Grab your tallest pair of boots and join us for a wet and wild week in Alaska’s great rainforest. This week we’ll be focusing on Juneau’s aquatic ecosystems and all the fun they have to offer. The Auke Bay group will have an opportunity for sea kayaking, so that week is only for 3rd-6th graders.

Outdoor Living August 2-6: Fish Creek or August 9-13: West Glacier Trail                                          

Let’s live large our last two weeks of Summer. This week we will be selecting a home base for the week and creating an outdoor space that everyone will want to visit. Outdoor cooking, fire pits, log furniture and food caches.

For Middle Schoolers- Kids entering 6th-8th grade fall 2021

Peak Week (also rotating to different peak trailheads) 

This vigorous week is intended for the most enthusiastic Middle School hikers Juneau has to offer. The group will attempt a different peak summit each day. Participants will need to meet at different trailheads each day.

Photo Camp July 12-16: Basin Road (see Photo Camp description above)

Adventure Week Half Day June 28th-July 1st : 12:30-3:30pm West Glacier Trailhead and Auke Bay

Hiking, biking, kayaking and paddle boarding!  This week is all about finding new ways to interact with the outdoors. Participants will need to bring their own bike for biking day. Kayaks and Paddleboards outfitted by ABAK.  
What should my child bring? 
  • In a daypack: Please pack a sack lunch, water, and a snack.
  • Please come to camp wearing a well-fitting, comfortable face mask that covers the nose and mouth, with at least one spare in their backpack. 
  • Clothes for the weather… usually rain gear, boots, warm layers, and a change of clothes. *If these are hard to come by, just let us know; we may have clothing to loan or give.
How does tuition work?

Full tuition is $260/child/week for full day programs and $150/child/week for half day programs. However, we proudly offer sliding-scale tuition.  If full tuition is not appropriate for your family right now, simply enter the amount you’d like to pay, per child. 

We ask that anyone paying less than $150 per week for full days or less than $90 per week for half days, apply for the city-wide summer scholarships form here.  If the city-wide scholarship is awarded, we’ll expect some of it to be used for Outdoor Explorers camp.  If a family does not qualify for a city-wide scholarship, we’ll ask that families pay at least $100 per full week for camp and $50 per half week, unless there are extenuating circumstances. Please fill out the CBJ scholarship form within a week of registering.

Is there transportation? 

This year families are responsible for dropping off and picking up their child at the day’s trailhead.  

Each week will have a trailhead to meet at as indicated on the calendar. We have alternating weeks offered in the valley and downtown/douglas locations. 

If getting to or from the daily drop off location is a challenge for your family, please reach out to us by phone 463-1500 or email info@discoverysoutheast.org.

Can we sign up for multiple weeks?

Children may enroll for up to 3 weeks of camp, and we ask that they take a week (or more) off in between camps.

Will I ever get off the waitlist?

Yes. We regularly enroll children from the waitlist.  If a camp is full, please do sign up on the waitlist, and there's a good chance we can make it happen. 

What’s the paperwork?

After registering we have some important paperwork that includes Medical Information, Risk Acknowledgement, and Legal Waivers.  It's all contained in our online Participant Agreement (updated April 2021), which needs to be completed more than 10 days before camp starts. 

(If you’d like to preview the form, you’re welcome to download a review pdf of the Participant Agreement)

Registration is voluntary, so if you don’t agree with the terms there, please don’t register, and instead let us know at info@discoverysoutheast.org.

Can I cancel?
  • If you cancel more than 10 days in advance, there’s a $25 cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel 10 or fewer days in advance, a refund is only possible if we can fill your spot, and if so there’s still the $25 cancellation fee.
  • If you don’t submit a completed Participant Agreement within 10 days of the camp, or if a child is not allowed to participate due to behavior reasons, that is considered a cancellation 10 or fewer days in advance.
  • If your cancellation is due to a participant or household member experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, you can opt to be rescheduled for a later week of camp in lieu of a refund. 
What is Discovery doing for the coronavirus pandemic?

This will be our second summer operating Outdoor Explorers during the coronavirus pandemic. We have reviewed and updated our Pandemic protocols as of June 18th, 2021.

Our camp will take place exclusively outdoors again this year, with camps beginning at the trailhead of the week. We also will be minimizing supplies to avoid touching similar items, minimizing or totally avoiding group transportation, and supporting social distancing and mask-wearing when in sustained close contact. 

Those with symptoms of COVID-19, or living with someone exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, will not be able to take part in camp. Upon arrival to camp each day, we will conduct a health screening of each participant. We expect parents and children to answer these questions on a daily basis and let us know if anyone in their household develops symptoms of COVID-19. 

Anyone arriving from outside Juneau must have complied with local travel requirements such as quarantine or multiple negative covid test results before taking part in programs. Residents of local Southeast communities need not quarantine so long as the community they are coming from is not experiencing elevated threat levels.

For the safety of our staff and other participants, we ask that you cover your face at drop off and pick up and maintain at least 6 ft from anyone outside of your household. We also remind you to practice social distancing even when you’re not at camp, to avoid large gatherings, and to keep a record of anyone you have come into close contact with.

What’s expected of my child in camp?

Campers are expected to follow directions from the adult leaders in order to keep them and the group safe. Any camper unable to follow safety directions, especially with regard to our pandemic protocols may be asked to be picked up, stay home the next day, or to not return to camp. 

Outdoor Explorers summer camp is made possible thanks to the US Forest Service, the citizens of the City and Borough of Juneau through sales tax revenue, and a community of support.