Wilderness Ascent High School Week 6

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Jul 23-29, 2017Kidder Creek | Backcountry

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Wilderness Ascent 16 - Waterfall Yell

Discipleship, Leadership, Teamwork, and Responsibility, all in a wilderness setting!

You’ll raft, climb, leap and hike while gaining valuable wilderness camping skills. Working with your team, you will learn to set camp, prepare meals, build fires and navigate life in the high mountain meadows.

This stretching week holds real adventures of backpacking into a pristine high mountain lake, learning teamwork and wilderness skills, making friends that you learn to lean on, and enjoying two days of whitewater rafting.

Backcountry staff receive 3 weeks of training and have at a minimum First Aid and CPR training. Staff will uphold high standards of safety throughout the week of camp.

Register Soon! We can only take 16 campers.


Whitewater Rafting

Heart pounding class III and IV rapids on the Klamath River will thrill seasoned rafters and beginners alike. Camping on the river, cliff jumping, and the whirlpool are sure to be unforgettable! 

Kidder Creek Timberline Hiking Trails

Explore the amazing valley of the Marble Mountain Wilderness. While you're out on the trail, your counselor will facilitate a scavenger hunt to help you learn about nature.

Kidder Creek River Adventures

Explore the whirlpool and try your hand at cliff jumping.

Wilderness Hiking

Hike along the river and to high mountain lakes with beautiful scenery

Bus Transportation

Transportation from the Bay Area to Kidder Creek is provided by a coach bus chartered through Emerald Charters in Medford, OR for most weeks for only $60–$100 each way. Be sure to sign up during the registration process (In the Parent Portal)—both ways if you desire round trip. If further information is needed call the Kidder Creek registrar at 530.467.3265​.

Coach bus has reclining seats, TV's w/ DVD player, on-board restroom and air conditioning throughout.

Kidder Creek Transportation Map


Here's the schedule for Bus Transportation pick up and drop off: (Times are approximate after departure)

6:00 AM  Mount Hermon Fieldhouse
17 Conference Drive, Felton, CA 95018
7:15 AM  Burger King 
1475 Dempsey Road, Milpitas, CA  95035

8:15 AM  Walnut Creek BART 
200 Ygnacio Valley Rd, Walnut Creek, CA  94596 
(Do not enter parking garage, look for bus in front parking lot)

 9:25 AM  Wendy’s
1377 E. Monte Vista Ave., Vacaville, CA

12:50 PM  Burger King
2535 N St., Anderson, CA  96007

4:15 PM  Arrive at Kidder Creek 

From Kidder Creek DEPARTS 6:00AM SATURDAY 

9:00 AM  Burger King
2535 N St., Anderson, CA  96007

12:00 PM  Wendy’s
1377 E. Monte Vista Ave., Vacaville, CA

1:00 PM  Walnut Creek BART 
200 Ygnacio Valley Rd, Walnut Creek, CA  94596 
(Do not enter parking garage, look for bus in front parking lot)
Lunch Stop will be after BART stop

3:00 PM  Burger King 
1475 Dempsey Road, Milpitas, CA  95035

4:00 PM  Mount Hermon Fieldhouse
17 Conference Drive, Felton, CA 95018


Drop Off & Pick Up

Drop Off
  • Camp starts Sunday of your selected week
  • Check in between 4–5:00 PM at the Kidder Creek Office.
  • Put this address in your GPS: 2700 S Kidder Creek Rd, Etna, CA 9602
Pick Up
  • Camp Closing begins at 5:30 PM with a BBQ followed by a closing rally.
  • All are welcome to eat at the closing BBQ for an additional cost.  Reserve your spot when you register.

Maps & directions

2700 S Kidder Creek Rd. Etna CA 96027

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Kidder Creek | Backcountry

Kidder Creek borders the Marble Mountain Wilderness and the Klamath National Forest, and sits in the shadows of majestic Mount Shasta in Northern California. These outdoor arenas offer us opportunities for Whitewater rafting, Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking, Backpacking, High Ropes Course, and Peak Ascents. Kidder Creek operates under permits issued by the Klamath National Forest and is an equal opportunity service provider.


What to bring Please use a duffle bag, not suitcase
  • 1 Sleeping Bag (preferably mummy-style) with stuff sack
  • 1 pair of quick-drying shorts
  • 1 pair of shorts
  • 1 pair long pants or sweats—synthetic (nylon, pile, fleece. not cotton or jeans)
  • T-shirts or tank tops
  • 1 heavy synthetic long sleeve shirt
  • 1 fleece jacket
  • 1 pair of hiking shoes or boots (that are broken in)
  • 1 pair of shoes that will stay on your feet while rafting (water shoes or teva-type sandals with a strap on the heel—NO FLIP FLOPS)
  • 1 modest swimsuit (1 piece for girls)
  • 1 winter hat
  • Toiletry kit—toothbrush, toothpaste, comb/brush, extra contacts
  • 1 pack of handi wipes
  • 2 water bottles (recommended 32oz/1qt unbreakable plastic)
  • 1 small flashlight or headlamp
  • 1 small, compressible day pack
  • 1 rain jacket or emergency poncho
  • 2 garbage bags
  • Small Bible w/pen or pencil
Optional Items (Recommended, but not mandatory)
  • Hammock
  • Foam or air ground pad
  • Lip balm
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • 1–2 bandanas
  • Waterproof disposable camera
  • Change of clothes for the trip home
What not to bring
  • Electronic devices
  • Expensive cameras
  • Cell phones
  • Alcohol or drugs
  • Firearms, knives, or weapons of any kind
  • Jewelry or other valuables


Included in the price:

(6 nights lodging, 16 meals, program and recreation)


$525 per camper
Experience matters

Since its inception in 1976, Kidder Creek has consistently given young people a dramatic experience in the outdoors. At the same time our well-trained and relational staff leads them to be challenged by the life-transforming message of the gospel of Jesus Christ.


Please do not let finances get in the way of a Mount Hermon experience. Through the generosity of many, a partial grant from the Campership Fund may be just the gift you need to make it possible for you to attend camp. For more information and an application, please contact our friendly Registration staff.