Currently the Volcano Adventure Camp is scheduled to be open this summer.  As the COVID-19 situation develops and Lassen Volcanic National Park publicizes updates to its summer plans, we will post updates on the status of the camp here. 

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Volcano Adventure Camp

Campground Information and Availability

 Volcano Adventure Camp (VAC) is the new youth camping facility at Lassen Volcanic National Park that will help more youth connect with nature and become future stewards of Lassen Park.  Environmental educational activities, including “Leave No Trace” curriculum, will be enhanced with the upgraded campground. VAC is eligible for youth group use ONLY. 


For information and reservations for youth group camping at the Volcano Adventure Camp:

Step 1: Read Instructions

Step 2: Check Availability

Step 3: Reserve Online


FAQ

Will the camp be open summer 2020 considering the COVID-19 issues? 

As of May 4th we are planning on the camp being open for the summer session, but that may change at any time.  We are working closely with our park partners to determine what a summer 2020 will look like and how we can implement CDC and State/Federal/Local safety guidelines.  The camp's tentative opening date has been pushed back to July 6th.  More information will be made available on this page as it becomes available.

Can My Youth Group Use VAC?

For your youth group to be considered eligible to stay at the Volcano Adventure Camp 2020 you must meet the following guidelines:

  • Group trip must be scheduled between 7/6/20 - 9/20/20, and reservation requests must be submitted online a minimum of 30 days prior to desired trip dates.
  • Group size must be a minimum of 15 people, a maximum of 80 people, and be comprised primarily of youth between the ages of 6 – 18 years old.
  • Group camping trips must be a minimum of three days (two nights) and not exceed five days (four nights). Note that one tent cabin will hold 1 adult/supervisor and up to 7 youth. I adult per cabin is a Lassen Volcanic National Park policy

SUGGESTED DONATION amount for groups wanting to reserve VAC tent cabins (15 – 80 people):

  • Medium group capacity (5 tent cabins or 1/2 the VAC) = 15 to 40 people total. Suggested donation $75 /night.
  • Large group capacity (10 tent cabins of the Full VAC) = 41 to 80 people total. Suggested donation $150 / night.

Does your Group Represent Underserved Youth?

If your group represents underserved youth you may qualify for a grant up to $1,000 to offset camping costs through our Youth Camping Program. These small grants are awarded to non-profit youth organizations, public schools, and/or government agencies to facilitate camping trips for underserved youth at Volcano Adventure Camp. Grant applications are available January - March every year. If you have missed the current year's grant application (available late January - March 31 annually), please mark your calendar for next year and consider reserving space for this year. 

What is at the Camp?

Tent cabins, a cooking area, food lockers, campfire circles, vault toilets and shower facilities make camping more convenient for youth groups. The former Crags Campground is the home of the new Volcano Adventure Camp, and offers a chance for youth to camp during the “shoulder” season.  For more information on the camp, please visit the LAVO website.

How Can You Help Support VAC?

The $700,000 capital project (LPF and NPS combined contributions) opened for youth groups in summer 2017.  We have completed our portion of the capital campaign and raised over $480,000 to build the project. Now our efforts are redirected at ensuring the long-term success of the facility by building an Endowment Fund.  To make a donation toward the Endowment Fund, please use our ONLINE DONATION FORM or call our office at (530) 378-2600.  

Who has been funded in the past, and what did they experience?

We offer you a full list of previously funded youth groups, and some recent testimonials from the 2019 participants.