North Country Camps

Credit: Liz Schultz

North Country Camps Leadership Expedition

Alaska is a land of incredible fjords, forested ocean coasts, and high alpine meadows. This dynamic landscape is where you will hone your wilderness travel and leadership skills. Your month-long adventure will give you a chance to experience two wilderness travel skills - backpacking and sea kayaking - while at the same time giving you the opportunity to explore two very different environments. 

You will begin this expedition with the sea kayaking section and will transition to backpacking about halfway through, giving you time to master both of these skills. Throughout your first few days you'll learn the basics of camping, cooking, and wilderness travel. As you gain more competence and confidence in your backcountry abilities, you'll take on more responsibility for aspects of the expedition, allowing you to explore different takes on your personal and team leadership styles. By the end of this expedition you will master living and traveling the backcountry. 

Lone wildflower beside a lake ringed by snow-capped peaks in the Chugach Mountains.


Dates June 26 - July 24, 2020
  Travel days June 25 and red-eye flight July 24
Activity Backpacking and sea kayaking
Mileage Up to 150 miles
Location Palmer, AK
Fly in/out Anchorage, AK
Cost $6,150 tuition
  $500 deposit due with application
  $450 equipment deposit
  Optional trip protection available for $345
Course Code NCLE
Academic Credit

6 College Credits

  • 2 Skills Practicum
  • 2 Environmental Studies
  • 2 Leadership Techniques

1.50 High School Credits

  • 1.00 Leadership
  • 0.50 Physical Education

Application deadline April 12, 2020

A minimum of eight students must be signed up by January 12, 2020 for this program to run.


For more information contact:
NOLS Custom Education
800-710-6657 ext. 2720