Fire on the mountain

Ages 14 - 18  |  July 7 - 14, 2019  | Return to Youth Programs

3 Spaces REMAIN!

“I have made deeper connections here than I ever did at school or at home. Being in the wilderness and going on a solo journey has changed my life for the better. I've made friends to keep, gathered thoughts to remember fondly, and found more respect for other people and myself. This was a great experience.” – Jane, 2017 participant 

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There is nothing like time in the wilderness to get fresh perspective and renew yourself.

Each summer in the Pacific Northwest, the grandeur of the mountains calls to be explored. If we have the opportunity to make it out there, we find all kinds of wonders, as well as a quietness in which we can hear our own voice more clearly.

What teen participants taking this journey over the years have said is that they want to enjoy the beauty and adventure of the wilderness, and to have some dedicated opportunities for self-reflection. This is what Fire on the Mountain is all about. Looking at ourselves and where we’re at isn’t always easy, but it always feels good to get clear and motivated about our next steps.

Along with three guides and up to eight other participants, you will spend almost the entirety of these eight days in the wilderness, backpacking and developing skills in wilderness living, connecting with peers and mentors, playing games, enjoying some solitude, and much more. Along with being down-to-earth, experienced wilderness guides, your mentors will provide a safe and supportive setting to reflect deeply, share honestly, and set personally-meaningful intention for yourself going forward.

In 2016, we renamed this journey ‘Fire on the Mountain’ after a few years of seeing it inspire participants to connect with their authentic voice, their truth, their fire. There will be campfires with storytelling and talking circles under the stars by night. By day, we’ll keep cool and hydrated along the trail, enjoying big views, beautiful rivers, and opportunities to swim and play.

On this program we welcome young people with any amount of backpacking experience, including none. Participants should be in physical condition to hike up to 6 or 7 miles in a day with a heavy pack; however, physical challenge isn’t the purpose of this experience, and most days will be less strenuous. This journey serves as a great introduction to the more rigorous wilderness backpacking and personal challenge and growth opportunities available on our 3-week Solo Crossing program.

Come be part of a tight-knit tribe for a week, and feel in yourself the expansiveness offered by these stunning mountain landscapes.




Ages 14 - 18
All Genders


July 7 - 14, 2019


Olympic National Park
Program starts/ends in Bothell, WA


$975.00; Deposit $250.00
Financial Aid is Available

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On our final morning, we rise early to greet the sunrise from Blue Mountain.

On our final morning, we rise early to greet the sunrise from Blue Mountain.

Participants enjoy Nature Sit-Spots and Journaling activities.

Participants enjoy Nature Sit-Spots and Journaling activities.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1  |  Participants and families meet at the Journeys basecamp for a gear check and send-off ceremony. After a van ride and a stop at the Olympic National Park headquarters for bear cans, we arrive at the 1st campground, have a fire, get to know each other and prepare for adventures ahead. 

Days 2 - 7  |  Time to start up the trail! We will embark on a backpacking expedition, hiking 5-6 miles per day and setting up camp as we go. Along the way we learn and practice backpacking and wilderness skills & community skills, while also playing fun games, enjoying the great outdoors, exploring nature, and engaging in nightly Council talking circles around the campfire. On our 5th day, participants prepare for and then undertake their 24-hour solos.

Day 8  |  Time to return home! Full from the wonders and sights experienced and our new friendships, we'll make the triumphant journey back across the ferry to basecamp and waiting families. And yes, we'll have some stories to tell...


Skills Introduced

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Teamwork  |  Self Reflection  |  Nature Connection  |  Backcountry Skills  |  Campfires  |  Campskills


Fire on the Mountain Staff


Silas Scheer

Program Coordinator

Silas Scheer was raised in the coastal hills of California. He spent his youth exploring the trails of Mt. Tamalpais — here he developed a deep connection to the natural world. At the age of 18, Silas spent…


Madison Scheer

Program Mentor

Growing up in the Bay Area, Madison Scheer spent her youth hiking and trail running in the Marin Headlands and Sierra Nevada Mountains. She attended Colby College in Maine and found an interest…


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