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Climbing high into the trees, belaying one another with ropes, shouting encouragement to one another as they fly down a zip line or helping each other across a high traverse initiative, all are part of a high ropes challenge experience that The Outdoor Adventures by Boojum can design for your group.

Our challenge course is located at the Idyllwild Pines Camp in the beautiful San Jacinto Mountains in Idyllwild – close to all of Southern California – and consists of a comprehensive set of ground initiative and both low and high “elements”.

The low elements provide a level of challenge that is close to the ground and are protected by spotting provided by the group. High elements involve initiatives that are 30-45 feet off the ground on cables and ropes. Belay systems that include the use of ropes, body harnesses and friction devices are used to control movement and protect participants during these initiatives.

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Here are some of the locations for a challenge course program:

Idyllwild

Santa Barbara

San Bernardino

Santa Cruz

Burkes-climber-JulieThe Outdoor Adventures by Boojum Rock Climbing Program uses top-rope rock climbing, belaying and bouldering activities to provide development in leadership skills, teamwork skills and personal growth for participants. This program assists in the development of individual and group skills in the areas of commitment, involvement, leadership, self confidence, support and ownership of actions, all of which are important elements of an effective team. The Rock Climbing Program facilitates discovery and exploration in a supportive and open environment while teams experiment with problem solving strategies and learn from both success and failure. Insights into how to work more effectively come directly from the participants’ experiences.

Here are just some of the environments where we do rock climbing!

Joshua Tree National Park

Pinnacles National Monument

Malibu Creek State Beach

San Jacinto Mountains

Yosemite National Park

Idyllwild

Pipes Canyon Preserve

Participants learn how to properly sit in and navigate a kayak, then taken by our expert staff on a sea exploration adventure. Coastal wonders, hidden beaches, sea caves, and marine life observation are all part of the experience. Join Boojum for an ocean adventure and scientific marine exploration by opting for a sea kayaking activity on your program.

Our paddling expeditions combine environmental studies, learning new outdoor skills focused around canoeing/kayaking and experiencing personal challenges. Boojum instructors set aside ample time for group activities and recreation, since fun and enjoying the outdoors are integral parts of all Boojum programs!

Here are just some of the water based environments we visit!

Coastal California

Channel Islands National Park

Point Reyes National Sea Shore

Big Sur

Point Lobos State Reserve

El Captain State Park

Sunset Beach State Park

Santa Cruz

Santa Barbara

Lake Sonoma

Whether an extended expedition or a simple day hike, backcountry travel is the perfect way to immerse participants in the environment and also provides a forum for group bonding and personal growth as participants share in the splendor and challenge of the wilderness. Participants will study ecology and wilderness travel and will find this program intellectually and aesthetically stimulating, while challenging personal boundaries. This experience is an adventure in learning, a search for knowledge gained through individual and group effort and a journey toward a broader understanding of self, others and the natural world. The Hiking Adventures backcountry programs take place anywhere that interests you. This exposes participants to one of the country’s greatest natural and cultural resources and offers excellent opportunities for studies in mountain ecology, national lands management and landscape geography. This also offers exceptional and inspirational backcountry travel which provides participants with the opportunity for personal reflection and growth.
Here are just some of the environments we go hiking/backpacking in!

Joshua Tree National Park
Sierra Mountains
Yosemite National Park
San Jacinto
Pt. Reyes National Seashore
Pipes Canyon Preserve
Santa Barbara
Channel Islands
Colorado River
Grand Canyon
Malibu Creek State Park
Pinnacles National Monument

The program includes instruction in mountain ecology, Half Dome view in Yosemite Backcountrygeological processes such as mountain building, plate tectonics, and glacial dynamics, plant and animal identification and other related subjects. Activities include nature awareness games, reflective journaling, and reflection activities that bring closure to the day.

The Colorado River program is designed to combine the adventure of paddling flatwater sections of one of the world’s great rivers along with hiking in dramatic canyons. This paddling expedition combines environmental studies, learning new outdoor skills, and experiencing personal challenges. Boojum instructors set aside ample time for group activities and recreation, since fun and enjoying the outdoors are integral parts of all Boojum programs! Hiking up sides of canyons, star gazing, and simply soaking up all of the area’s natural wonders will contribute to an enriching life experience for all participants.

Dynamic Landscape!

Personal Challenge!

Team Building!

Natural History!

Learning by Doing!

Build Valuable friendships!

We work hard to enhance the performance of all individuals on our programs. An experience of a Lifetime!!

The Outdoor Adventures by Boojum Leadership Base Camp offers unequalled opportunities for personal growth and leadership. For over 30 years, our participants have broadened their horizons through their explorations in the finest wilderness and outdoor settings imaginable. It is within these remarkable and unique environments that our students discover how to be adaptable, resourceful and creative while engaging in a variety of challenging and fun activities. Our emphasis on the “how’s” of leading and the importance of the group experience clearly defines us from the rest. Because we believe strongly that leadership involves much more than just acquiring “hard” outdoor skills, our leaders are always present to act as role models and to facilitate your group. This leadership role is significant in the development and success of your group in building a close knit community, where each individual will be accepted and valued. Our Leadership Base Camps focus on building self-esteem, self-reliance and leadership skills, while instilling a respect for the natural world. Students experience the magnificent outdoors while participating in courses ranging from 3 to 5 days.

Here are just some of the Base-camp environments we visit!

Joshua Tree National Park

Idyllwild

Malibu Creek State Park

Pinnacles National Monument

Channel Islands National Park

Santa Barbara

Yosemite

Santa Cruz

Our residential programs offer a premium-quality outdoor education experience set amidst the most spectacular places in California. The natural and human histories at our residential programs offer excellent outdoor studies. The camps Boojum has selected for these programs offer the comfort of a residential camp in a spectacular outdoor setting. Our facilities offer heated, comfortable cabins or dormitories for participants. Full bathrooms with flush toilets, running water and showers are usually available. Students eat hearty meals in a dining area and break-out rooms are available for a variety of indoor activities.

Hiking trails, low and high ropes Challenge Course events, campfire areas, and rock climbing may be made available for participants. A variety of ecosystems and habitats— aquatic, chaparral and other natural wonders are ready for exploration by eager participants. The comfortable, low-stress camp environment helps participants focus on the learning activities at hand. A myriad of activities ensure that students will experience a diversity of compelling and interesting curriculum options and that the program can be tailored precisely to the partner’s needs. Exclusive facility use is available for larger groups. The structured, established camp setting offers the perfect atmosphere in which to focus on group and personal development aimed to meet partner goals.

Here are just some of the Residential- Camp environments we visit!

San Bernardino Mountains

Santa Cruz

Idyllwild

San Jacinto Mountains

The wonder and majesty of the desert ecosystem is often misunderstood although it is the perfect location for earth science education. The open night sky with vast views of the stars is also a prime location for astronomy. Our desert ecosystem program provide students with the opportunity to learn about science outside of school, to experientially identify plants while hiking, study the endangered species native to the area, climb on rocks in different phases of the rock life cycle and also sleep under a blanket of our galaxy.

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The mountain environment is the perfect location to see plate tectonics in action. It is also a great setting for students to see and discover the life cycle of abundant amounts of plants and animals. Students can backpack and explore the trails of the Sierra’s, stay in the comforts of indoor lodging of a residential camp, settle into an enchanting campground in tents, or enjoying day trips in the wilderness of the mountains ideal for developing the scientific process for these students.

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Water is our life resource and gaining a better understanding of its significant role is important to our survival. Although, most people don’t think about where their water comes from or how it arrived, we provide students with the ability to gain a better understanding through our teaching in experiential education. While students may not understand how water moves between the oceans and the land through the water cycle, a canoeing or kayaking activity on the ocean or in an estuary, students will be in the ideal setting to learn about water, the cycle, how to protect this resource that is significant for survival.

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The Team-Building Initiative Program uses activities, games, puzzles and creative problem solving tasks to provide development in leadership skills, teamwork skills and personal growth for participants. This program assists in the development of individual and group skills in the areas of commitment, involvement, leadership, self confidence, support and ownership of actions, all of which are important elements of an effective team. The Challenge-Based Initiative Program facilitates discovery and exploration in a supportive and open environment while teams experiment with problem solving strategies and learn from both success and failure. Insights into how to work more effectively come directly from the participants’ experiences and activities are sequenced to become more challenging and engaging to build upon the learning of previous initiatives.

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Boojum’s Urban Expeditions offers participants an experiential journey within the rich cultural, historical, and human environment of a major California metropolitan area. Participants on these expeditions explore the city’s urban wilderness and their own “inner wilderness” as they learn real-life skills for success in an environment many call home.

Urban Expedition participants are exposed to a unique environment that offers a wide variety of learning opportunities. Structured group challenges encourage participants to develop group and individual skills that will support them later in life. These challenges and activities include a structured, multi-day urban scavenger hunt, where participants learn about economics, culture, history, urban geography, commerce and careers through guided hands-on investigation of aspects of city life. Students practice real-life skills like budgeting, food preparation and managing public transit systems, and have the opportunity to participate in service learning, cultural events, and other city adventures.

The urban experience helps participants translate the lessons of teamwork and the self-confidence that come from successfully completing experiential challenges into their home, school and work lives. For those who will go on to live in metropolitan or developed areas, the skills for surviving and success in the “urban jungle” are directly applicable to their futures. This experiential program is a wonderful adventure in bringing learning to life while encouraging appreciation of others and a greater awareness of the built environment.

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