For the summer of 2021, there will be no bus transportation to/from camp and all camps will be run Sunday through Friday.

Big Lake’s RAD Camps 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 RAD Camps 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.

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!”

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. 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.

RAD-to-Staff Camps

At RAD Camps, 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 RAD Camps while also being mentored in leadership by a RAD 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 RAD Camps 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.

RAD Camps 2021 – updated 6/8/21

Advanced Rock Climbing  – August 8-13, 2021 – 1 spot available

Advanced Rock Climbing RAD-to-Staff – August 8-13, 2021 (must be 15-17 yrs old) – FULL

Horse Extreme 1  – August 1-6, 2021 – FULL

Horse Extreme 2  -August 8-13, 2021 – FULL

Horse Extreme Junior – July 11-16, 2021 (for ages 10-12) – FULL

Horse Extreme Tween  1  – July 18-23, 2021  (for ages 11-13) – FULL

Horse Extreme Tween  2 – July 25-30, 2021 (for ages 11-13) – FULL

High Desert Wakesports 1 – July 18-23, 2021 – FULL 

High Desert Wakesports 2 – July 25-30, 2021 – FULL FOR GIRLS, 6 spots available for boys

Mountain Biking – July 11-16, 2021 – FULL 

Rock Climbing – July 11-16, 2021 – FULL 

Rock Climbing RAD-to-Staff – July 11-16, 2021 (must be 15-17 yrs old) – 2 spots available

Ultimate RAD – July 18-23, 2021 – FULL 

Ultimate RAD-to-Staff – July 18-23, 2021 (must be 15-17 yrs old) – 1 spot available

Wakesports 1 – July 11-16, 2021 – 1 spot for a boy available

Wakesports 2 – August 1-6, 2021 – FULL 

Wakesports 3 – August 8-13, 2021 – FULL 

White Water Rafting 1 – July 25-30, 2021 – FULL

White Water Rafting 1 RAD-to-Staff – July 25-30, 2021 (must be 15-17 yrs old) – 1 spot available

White Water Rafting 2 – August 1-6, 2021 – FULL

White Water Rafting 2 RAD-to-Staff – August 1-6, 2021 (must be 15-17 yrs old) – FULL 

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