For Campers Currently in Grades 10–12
The Widjiwagan progression of challenge culminates with the advanced trips programs, which gives experienced, qualified campers the added challenge of traveling in more remote areas for a longer duration. Qualified campers refine their skills in wilderness travel, group dynamics and leadership.
The Invitation Process
Campers must receive invitations to register for Widji Advanced Trips. This process is not competitive. We simply want to ensure, as much as possible, that the campers who we send on these trips are prepared for the remote and rugged nature of the areas that we travel through and the extended time on trail. We invite campers to participate in our advanced trip programs who are currently in 10th, 11th and 12th grades and who have demonstrated the technical competence, interpersonal aptitude, judgement and enthusiasm for wilderness travel necessary to be successful on wilderness expeditions.
We create trail groups with the goal of balancing leadership styles and blending strengths. We encourage campers to make new friends and to challenge themselves to work with diverse personalities and backgrounds. We do not honor Trailmate Requests by advanced campers due to these group considerations.
Non-traditional Advanced Campers
We feel that following the Widji progression is the best way to prepare for each trip. However, we recognize that this progression may not work for everyone. We review campers who wish to be considered for an advanced trip invitation without completing the preceding advanced trip on a case by case basis. Please contact Amy Hadow, Summer Program Director for more information.
The Invitation Timeline
Advanced Camper Invitations will be sent out by mail over the month of November. Voyageur and Mountaineer Invitations will be sent first, followed by Advanced Explorer Canoe and Backpack invitations and finally, Explorer Invitations will arrive around December 1. We communicate with every camper who is eligible to be considered for an invitation based on age. Every year, a few campers don't receive their invitations due to changes of address or other extenuating circumstances.
If you have questions about the Advanced Camper Invitation process, especially if you have a camper who is currently in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade and you have not received an update from us by mid-December, please contact the Widji Office.
Explorer Backpack, Grade 10
Sessions are 26 days, with 19 days on trail. Recent groups have explored the Wind River Range in Wyoming and the Sawtooth Wilderness Area in Idaho.
Session Information | 26-days - $3,830
July 6 - July 31
July 27 - August 21
Advanced Explorer Backpack, Grade 11
Sessions are 35 days, with 24 days on trail. Recent groups have traveled to the Beartooth Wilderness in Montana and the Willmore Wilderness in Alberta, Canada.
Session Information | 35-days - $4,815
July 20 - August 23
Mountaineer, Grade 12
Sessions are 48 days, with 35 to 40 days on trail. This trip travels to the mountain ranges of Alaska and Canada. Recent groups have hiked in Gates of the Arctic National Park, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in Alaska, and the Ogilvie Mountains in the Yukon Territory of Canada.
Session Information | 48-days - $9,215
June 22 - August 8
June 29 - August 15