Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Enviro-tainment

Mountain Adventure Tours for kids


By KATHERINE WUTZ
Express Staff Writer

It's going on a dozen years, and Mountain Adventure Tours continues to perfect its unique brand of Enviro-tainment, once again offering a wide range of programs for children ages 4-16.

Through daily adventures and multi-night road trips, the programs provide an exciting environment to explore the natural world, the Wood River Valley community and the people living within it.

They help children learn responsibility, independence and decision-making skills by giving campers the responsibility and freedom to discover who they are and where their talents lie.

This summer, more than 20 programs are offered, a number using a 13-acre BaseCamp property on the eastern edge of Trail Creek Road. It sits along the Big Lost River under the silent gaze of Idaho's tallest peak, Mount Borah.

From swimming, trekking and exploring, to touring local businesses to see how they run, campers can explore Mountain Adventure Tours' favorite spots, including the Bruneau Sand Dunes, Magic Reservoir and Craters of the Moon.

BaseCamp itself allows for a wide variety of activities, ranging from fly fishing to hiking, and also houses Mountain Adventure Tours' digital video studio, one of the most popular programs of the summer.

Adventure-loving kids will leap at the chance to attend the Zip Line Adventure, a double overnight camp at Horseshoe Bend. Described as the "ultimate adrenaline rush," this camp involves a series of seven zip lines ranging from 175 to 1,800 feet, supervised by some of the best zip line guides in Idaho. Age limit is flexible, but children must weigh at least 80 pounds.

Other overnight opportunities include an introduction to river guiding along the Payette River, a Wild West adventure to Custer County and Mountain Adventure Music Camp.

For full program descriptions, schedules, prices and applications, visit www.mountainadventuretours.org or call 309-1005. Scholarships are available.




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