Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Find your freedom with MAT programs

Swim, trek and explore


By KATHERINE WUTZ
Express Staff Writer

Mountain Adventure Tours, after more than 12 years of operation, continues to perfect its unique brand of Enviro-tainment, once again offering a wide range of summer programs for children ages 4-16.

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

MAT helps children learn responsibility, independence and decision-making skills. Kids are given the responsibility and freedom to discover who they are and where their talents lie.

Over 20 programs are offered in 2012, several using a 13-acre BaseCamp property on the eastern edge of Trail Creek Road. It sits along the Big Lost River within sight of Idaho's tallest peak, Mount Borah.

In MAT, you can swim, trek and explore. Tour local businesses to see how they run. And visit favorite MAT spots like Bruneau Sand Dunes, Magic Reservoir and Craters of the Moon.

BaseCamp itself features activities ranging from fly fishing to hiking. It houses Mountain Adventure Tours' digital video studio, one of the summer's most popular programs.

Adventurous kids leap at the chance to attend the Zip Line Adventure overnight camp at Horseshoe Bend. Described as the "ultimate adrenaline rush," the 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 mountainadventuretours.org or call 309-1005. Scholarships are available.




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