Big Lake Expeditions (RAD)

All camps will be Sunday through Friday

Big Lake Expeditions (RAD) are overnight, fun, outdoor adventures, specifically designed for 13-17 year olds. With trained and skilled outdoor professional staff, campers will make life-long friends and learn higher level skills specific to their chosen activity. 

Some Expedition sessions are based at the Big Lake campus while others are based offsite at locations such as Smith Rock State Park, the Deschutes River, the Central Oregon Cascades, and bike trails throughout Central Oregon.

*We will be providing chartered bus transportation to/from Gladstone and Salem. Spaces are limited.*

Sharing stories about ourselves was the most meaningful part of this week on RAD Rock Climbing. Practicing giving affirmations while we climbed helped me feel so much better about myself! Thanks for the totally RAD week!

“I love the confidence that you had in me. It was amazing and I have so many new ideas now for my leadership position at school!”

RAD-to-Staff Camps

At Big Lake Expeditions (RAD), teens are inspired by our unique outdoor leadership program to be positive change agents. Our RAD-to-Staff program is designed for teens ages 15-17 to participate in one of our Big Lake Expeditions while also being mentored in leadership by a Expeditions staff member. While RAD-to-Staff campers are not guaranteed a future position as a Big Lake staff member, participation in the program is recommended because it helps campers see what it takes to work at Big Lake and it allows our staff to get to know them in a unique and important way. This year, the following Big Lake Expeditionss are offering a RAD-to-Staff component: Advanced Rock Climbing, Rock Climbing, Ultimate RAD, and White Water Rafting.

To apply for a RAD-to-Staff program, you will need to complete the camp application, write a short essay, and pass a reference check before being allowed to participate.

No matter what camp you choose, you will be sure to enjoy story-telling, group cooking, star gazing, wilderness education classes, water fights and daily life on the trail/river/lake or crag. Big Lake Expeditions (RAD) is not for the faint of heart! While we absolutely love adventuring with first-timers, we do recommend that campers actively practice good fitness before attending camp and have a strong interest in the chosen activity.

Leadership Academy (ages 15-17)  ⁄  $225

June 24 – 27, 2024

Leadership Academy campers will join our Big Lake staff for the last few days of staff training to participate in some outstanding leadership training and get a taste of several different areas of camp. This may be the best way yet for 15- to 17-year-olds to learn what it’s like to be a staff member at Big Lake. 

Big Lake Expeditions (RAD) 2024 Summer Schedule (updated 5/28/24)

Leadership Academy – June 22-27, 2024 (must be 15-17 yrs old), 7 openings

Advanced Rock Climbing  – July 21-26, 2024 , 9 openings

Advanced Rock Climbing RAD-to-Staff – July 21-26, 2024 (must be 15-17 yrs old), 2 openings

High Desert Wakesports 1 – July 14-19, 2024, Boys-2 openings, Girls-FULL

High Desert Wakesports 2 – July 21-26, 2024, Boys-3 openings, Girls-3 openings

Horse Extreme Teen 1 – July 28-August 2, 2024, Boys-1 opening, Girls-FULL

Horse Extreme Teen 2 – August 4-9, 2024, Boys-3 openings, Girls-9 openings

Horse Extreme Tween 1 – July 14-19, 2024, Boys-2 openings, Girls-2 openings

Horse Extreme Tween 2 – July 21-26, 2024, Boys-5 openings, Girls-2 openings

Mountain Biking – June 30-July 5, 2024, 6 openings

Praise – July 28-August 2, 2024, 10 openings

Rock Climbing – June 30-July 5, 2024, 9 openings

Rock Climbing RAD-to-Staff – June 30-July 5, 2024 (must be 15-17 yrs old), 2 openings

Ultimate – July 7-12, 2024, 7 openings

Ultimate RAD-to-Staff – July 7-12, 2024 (must be 15-17 yrs old), 2 openings

Wakesports 1 – June 30-July 5, 2024,  Boys-10 openings, Girls-7 openings

Wakesports 2 – July 7-12, 2024, Boys-4 openings, Girls-6 openings

Wakesports 3 – July 28-August 2, 2024, Boys-7 openings, Girls-1 opening

Wakesports 4 – August 4-9, 2024, Boys-FULL, Girls-7 spots available

White Water Rafting 1 – July 14-19, 2024, 7 openings

White Water Rafting 1 RAD-to-Staff – July 14-19, 2024 (must be 15-17 yrs old), 2 openings

White Water Rafting 2 – July 28-August 2, 2024, 8 openings

White Water Rafting 2 RAD-to-Staff – July 28-August 2, 2024 –  (must be 15-17 yrs old), 2 openings

White Water Rafting 3 – August 4-9, 2024, 8 openings

White Water Rafting 3 RAD-to-Staff – August 4-9, 2024 (must be 15-17 yrs old), 1 opening

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