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This preteen camp is designed to introduce younger children into the world of summer camping. Adventure camp offers a slower pace and the week is a little shorter. Adventure Campers get a taste of everything Big Lake is about. Instead of selecting one primary morning activity, your camper will get to try them all!
June 23-June 30 | June 30-July 7 | July 7-14
These teen camps feature our traditional camping programs available for youth ages 13-17. Campers select one skill-building activity that they focus on each morning, Monday through Friday. Campers’ afternoons are spent rotating through many of the other great activities, including the Big Lake Mall, blob, and Sea Wolf. Evenings are full of fun group games and end with our awesome Campfire program. The camps' daily schedule allows campers to enjoy all that Big Lake has to offer.
Experience the back county up-close and personal in this backpacking adventure! Travel to one of the beautiful areas near Big Lake Youth Camp on a four day journey, tent camping along the way. Learn what it's like to be self-sufficient and secure in an environment without Taco Bells or televisions. Our RAD staff will help you learn to appreciate a whole new universe called nature.
Big Lake is excited to announce our fly fishing camp! In this camp you will begin your journey to fishing bliss by learning to cast in still lake waters then adventure to some secret and wild river areas to enhance your cast. After learning the bugs of the river, you will create your own flies to attract fish. Then, you will board rafts and glide down the upper Deschutes River, all the while being coached by some of the most inspiring, knowledgeable and fun fishermen in the field.
The High Desert Wakesports camp is a powerful week in the summer sun behind some of the best boats in the world. You'll boat in to a rustic campsite where you'll spend the week (for High Desert Wakesports 1, 6 days for High Desert Wakesports 2) learning new tricks of the trade from experienced and savvy instructors. This camp features spectacular wakeboarding, waterskiing, wakesurfing and even barefooting. It is designed for the fun-lovers that want to sharpen their water skills and build life-long friendships along the way. This camp takes place off-site at one of Central Oregon's desert lakes. Campers will return to Big Lake Youth Camp's main campus on Friday to enjoy our weekend programming.
Experience 6 days of intensive horse training in natural wilderness settings. Use Big Lake as your base camp and take trips into Oregon's Willamette National Forest. Make arrangements to bring your own horse or develop a relationship with one of ours. Intermediate to advanced riding skill is required and must be demonstrated before departing on this incredible experience.
Spend your time at Big Lake in both ground and flight training with staff who are involved in the professional world of aviation. In addition to ground school elements, including aerodynamics and forces of flight, you'll tour a control tower, and even get a couple of flights in a small aircraft. The sky is just the beginning!
Gear up with our sweet bikes, or bring your own, on this week of riding high alpine trails and rugged desert tracks. You will even get a chance to check out the terrain park at Mt. Bachelor! With top quality instruction, you will be taught the skills you need to become a legend!—or at least a much stronger rider.
This course will train individuals in all the necessary skills to work as a professional lifeguard at pools and/or waterfronts requiring a red cross lifeguarding certificate. Before beginning the course, students will need to be able to complete a nonstop 300 yard swim using front crawl, breast stroke or a combination of both; need to be able to tread water with a ten pound object for 2 minutes; and will need to be able to dive to a depth of 10 feet, retrieve a 10 pound object and swim the object 25 yards on their back. Upon completing the course, students will receive a Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid and lifeguard/waterfront lifeguarding certificate valid for 2 years.
Get ready for some surf, sand and sun on the Oregon Coast at this exciting camp. Big Lake brings in professional instructors to partner with our awesome RAD staff team to teach you the basics and beyond of the freedom and beauty of surfing. Tent camp in a private reserve in Lincoln City, OR and learn paddling skills on flat water, how to read the ocean and how to catch a wave. Join in on this exciting adventure. Rent a wet suit and surf board from us or bring your own.
Our wakesports camps have it all: waterskiing, wakeboarding, wakesurfing, barefooting and other new and exciting wake sports! Spend your mornings and afternoons enjoying the clear waters of Big Lake while trying out a variety of exciting water wake sports. Our experienced instructors are prepared to help you achieve your wake sport goals.
Epic rapids, immense flat-water pools, and surprising adventures fill each and every moment while you learn venerable buccaneering skills on the Deschutes River. Let our experienced Swift Water Guides take you on a week-long exhilarating journey through the basics of learning to tame gnarly water and burly waves. Outfitted by River Drifters out of Maupin, OR, our experienced RAD camp staff will guide two rafts down 100 miles of the Deschutes River, ending at the Columbia River. Tent camp along the way!
Ages 15-17: White Water Rafting RAD to Staff option available ($629).
Experience the fun of camp while learning what it would be like to work at Big Lake! As a Wrangler in Training you'll have the opportunity to shadow and work with Big Lake’s awesome wranglers and beautiful horses. You will be able to assist Big Lake’s wranglers as they teach campers in our REG Camp horsemanship program. If you are passionate about horses and are interested in working at Big Lake someday, this camp is a great fit for you because it allows our staff to get to know you and your skills! Please note that some basic horse experience is required for this camp and that participation in the WIT program does not guarantee a future position as a Big Lake staff member. The Wrangler in Training Camp is for ages 15-17.
Note: As a safety precaution, individuals registering for Big Lake Youth Camp's counselor, staff or wrangler in training RAD Camps must complete a short essay and pass a reference check before participating. Registration for the full summer wrangler in training and Wrangler in Training 1 and 2 closes June 20, 2019.