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Our Philosophy

Alpengirl endeavors to influence the world just one person at a time.

To open their eyes to a larger world, exercise their inquisitive mind, and develop their physical strength.

Alpengirl's unparalleled programs foster growth through a philosophy of mind-body connection that promotes "Fitness Through Adventure."

Each camper is encouraged to confidently embrace challenge and to comfortably excel at being themself.

Alpengirl imparts these ideals through the trials and excitement of adventure activities and with the emotional nourishment of the natural environment.

Our staff is small and our job is personal, allowing real relationships to blossom. Alpengirl's philosophies are reinforced by these relationships and are evident in the spirit of each camper who leaves us, having become that better version of themself.

It's a matter of days... 7 to 14 days. These days are spent with Alpengirl. Days that will encourage, challenge, refresh, and excite.

Our Program

Alpengirl is definitively unique in bridging the gap between a close-to-home facility-based sleepaway camp and a challenge-based wilderness expedition such as NOLS or Outward Bound.

Alpengirl appeals to campers and parents who are seeking a bit more adventure than what they may have already experienced at their local residential summer camp, yet not as challenging or intimidating as other wilderness expeditions.

Alpengirl offers family-style atmosphere with individual care and personalized adventure.

Adventure is our main objective and fitness is an integral part of our adventures.

Our program goal is to realize the positive lifetime effects of good eating, exercise, wilderness, and friendship.

Morning yoga, lots of really good wholesome food, daily adventure sports, 9:15 p.m. group entertainment, Leave No Trace wilderness living, outdoor education, and leadership development are methods of meeting our program goal.

We operate in a way that is comfortable for teens. Our focus is on ENJOYMENT of each activity in order to promote a lifetime of adventure in each camper.

Activities are introduced at a beginner level with capacity for additional challenges as appropriate.

Self-reliance, initiative, group cohesion, and positivism are daily objectives.

Self-esteem and leadership development are the two most common outcomes noticed by campers and parents after having attended Alpengirl.

Alpengirl promotes tolerance and acceptance of all people, regardless of differences and our staff are trained to set the highest example of behaviors for campers. We are inclusive and respect the rights and dignity of all campers and staff. 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

At Alpengirl we believe diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the heart of a thriving camp experience.

We empower positive change in the world when youth and adults of all backgrounds, beliefs, identities, and abilities are valued and actively engaged in camp and camp leadership.

We endeavor to create an expansive and inclusive camp community that is open and promotes equity across a diversity of ideas, experiences, perspectives, and voices.

Alpengirl endeavors to create an environment that builds capacity within our camp community to understand, accept, value, and honor the unique contributions of all people.

Our goal is to maintain an inclusive camp community that eliminates stereotypes, biases, and bullying based on differences that include but are not limited to age, gender, ability, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual identity, and socio-economic status.

Land Acknowledgement

We would like to acknowledge that Alpengirl operates on the traditional homelands of a diverse group of Indigenous peoples and Nations, including: Apsaálooke (Crow); Tsétho’e (Cheyenne); Séliš & Ktunaxa (Salish & Kootenai); Nimi’ipu (Nez Perce); Schitsu ‘umsh (Coeur d’Alene); Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla; Niitsítpiis-stahkoii (Blackfoot); Newe Sogobia (Eastern Shoshone); and Shoshone-Bannock. The process of knowing and acknowledging the land on which we stand on is a way of honoring and expressing gratitude for the ancestral people who were on this land before us.