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Youth Camping Program

Applications for our Summer 2020 grant period are closed.

Please use the links below to plan your trip and prepare your final grant reports after your trip is complete.



Volcano Adventure Camp Dates 2020: 
July 6, 2020 - September 20, 2020
(Closed Labor Day Weekend 9/5 - 9/7)


Program Details

The Lassen Park Foundation and Lassen Volcanic National Park have been introducing youth (ages 6 to 18 years) to the joys of camping in a national park since 1996. For the past 23 years this Youth Camping Program has supported non-profit youth groups that serve at-risk or underserved children by awarding scholarships to offset their camping costs.  Many of these young campers have never camped or visited a national park before participating in the Foundation’s youth camping program.

This summer enrichment program supports non-profit organizations, public schools, and local government programs that serve at-risk or underserved youth from throughout Northern California. Through camping, exploration, and education, the youth camping program addresses the following goals:

  • Camping facilities provided at the Volcano Adventure Camp introduce new campers to the outdoors in a group setting.
  • Educational excursions provide opportunities for young campers to step into Lassen's rich natural and cultural history.
  • Through exploration of Lassen Volcanic’s mountain ecosystems, campers discover their connection to the complex web of life.
  • Ranger-led environmental education activities emphasizing teamwork and cooperation enable children to safely experience the great outdoors.
  • Campers enjoy fun outdoor activities, which encourage healthier lifestyles through exercise.
  • Unforgettable experiences in the great outdoors foster future stewardship for our national parks.

Grant Details

For youth organizations that do not have the necessary funding to pay for campground reservations, park admissions, or provide supplies/equipment needed for a youth group camping trip, LPF's Youth Camping Grants are available yearly.  Youth camping grants are available every January - March and can include the following:

  • Awards up to $1,000 for approved applications to cover camping costs
  • Waived park admission & campground fees

While the Youth Camping Grant application deadline has passed for this year, you can still read through information about the applications by downloading the Application Instructions.  If you would like to be added to our Youth Camping Notification List for 2020, please call our office at (530) 378-2600.

Past Recipients & Testimonials

Here is a full list of organizations that have received this grant in the past.

Here are some recent testimonials about participation in the Youth Camping Program at the Volcano Adventure Camp.

2019 Report

We're proud to share this Volcano Adventure Camp 2019 Report with testimonials from last year's youth groups.