San Juan Islands Kayaking

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Come kayak, camp, and explore the wildlife and plants around the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington state.

Ages 15-18 Domestic Outdoors
About the Trip

A week of kayaking, marine ecology, camping, and exploring the San Juan Islands which are located off the coast of Washington.

The San Juan Islands sit just off the coast of Washington state in the Pacific Northwest. All told this archipelago is comprised of 172 islands, although some are no bigger than a rock jutting from the ocean floor. They are a great beacon of conservation and sustainable land practices. Think of them as a balanced home between humans and native plants and wildlife. The islands are also one of the great feeding grounds for the global population of Orca whales.

It’s unlikely we’ll catch a glimpse of these elusive and endangered creatures, but that won’t stop us from trying to find them. You’ll spend your week paddling the seas around the islands via sit-on-top ocean kayaks. Your gear will be transported separately so you’ll be unburdened and free to explore.

Typically, this adventure will have 12 girls participating and we’ll switch off partners in double kayaks. You’ll be camping each night in tents at some of the most beautiful coastal scenery you will ever visit and you’ll witness the amazingly clear night skies as we sit around the campfire. As we explore the intricate coastline we’ll take on a deeper understanding of why it’s important to live sustainably in such a delicate ecosystem and ways you can balance your own sustainable lifestyle upon your return home. We paddle several miles each day, but at a leisurely pace.

We invite you to join us in the one of the most beautiful island chains on Earth. This is a wonderful destination for beginner kayakers but experienced paddlers will also find opportunities to increase personal skill sets as we work on ocean navigation and paddle strokes.

Where You Go

San Juan Islands, Washington State

What to Know

Intermediate swimming skills are required.

Beginners to experienced paddlers welcome!

Sincere interest in exploration and conservation.

The Dates

July 27 - August 2, 2014; $1675

Must be 14-18 years old at the time of the event

What to Bring

Technical gear – kayaks, camping gear – is provided.

You’ll receive a detailed to-bring list upon registration.

The Cost

$1675. You'll need to purchase your round-trip transportation to and from Seattle, Washington (SEA-TAC).

Girls may be eligible for a $500 scholarship made possible by the Elliott Wildlife Values Project. Contact ATS for more information about this and other ATS scholarship opportunities or download the form from the travel resources page of this website.

A $180 deposit will be due immediately upon acceptance into this destination. (It’s part of the event fee, not in addition to it.)

Download Application Forms
Destinations Girl Application 2014 PDF Destinations Girl Application 2014 DOC
ATS Scholarship Form
Contact Information

Brent Fidler
Phone: 626-434-3636
girlscouts@theATSteam.com