Volcano Venture

Join us for science and art adventures at the place where the mountain KABOOMs, rocks zoom, and flowers bloom. Volcano Venture is a co-ed residential 1- or 2-night summer camp for youth ages 8-12.

“It’s such a great program. My daughter had an absolute blast. As a parent, I so appreciate that you offer such a learning-based, fun, affordable get-away.”

-Camper parent

VOLCANO VENTURE DETAILS

The Basics | Schedule & Activities | Locations | Lodging

The Basics

WHO

Co-ed camp for youth ages 8-12

WHAT

We will hike, play, create art, and get nerdy about the geology and ecology of Mount St. Helens in the blast zone!

WHERE
  • Dropoff location: Castle Rock, WA*
  • Camp location: Mount St. Helens Science and Learning Center: 19000 Spirit Lake Highway, Milepost 43.3 State Route 504, Toutle, WA 98649

*Mount St. Helens Institute will pick up campers the morning of the first day of camp and drop off campers the early evening of the last day of camp.  The drop off/pickup location will be in Castle Rock, WA.

WHEN

 Choose from two Volcano Venture sessions:

  • July 15-16, 2017 (Saturday-Sunday) | 1 night | $175 | SIGN UP NOW**
  • August 9-11, 2017 (Wednesday-Friday) | 2 nights | $250 | SOLD OUT

**You will receive a camper registration form via email after your purchase.

      Frequently Asked Questions

General Schedule for 1-Night Volcano Venture Camp*

*Please note that our staff may change the schedule at any time. This is a general example.  2017's specific Volcano Venture schedules will be created at a later date.

DAY 1 DAY 2
  • 8:00: Meet in Castle Rock, WA
  • 9:00: Arrive at SLC, settle in
  • 9:30 Outdoor Activities
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 12:30: Feet-on-bed time with quiet activities (nap, journaling, reading, etc.)
  • 1:30: Go to Johnston Ridge Observatory
  • 3:30: Choose Your Own Adventure (crafts, science activity, hike)
  • 5:30 Dinner
  • 6:00 Structured Free Time
  • 7:30: Large Group Game
  • 8:00: Evening Circle: Songs and Stories or Short dusk hike
  • 9:00 Final indoor activity and bedtime
  • 7:00: Wake up
  • 7:30: Breakfast
  • 8:00: Group Activity
  • 9:00: Outdoor Activity
  • 11:30: Lunch
  • 12:00: Feet-on-bed time with quiet activities (nap, journaling, reading, etc.)
  • 1:00: Choose Your Own Adventure (crafts, science activity, hike)
  • 2:30: Pack up
  • 3:00: Final activities
  • 3:45: Depart SLC for Castle Rock, WA
  • 5:00 Parent Pickup in Castle Rock, WA

General Schedule for 2-Night Volcano Venture Camp*

*Please note that our staff may change the schedule at any time. This is a general example.  2017's specific Volcano Venture schedules will be created at a later date.

DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY 3
  • 8:00: Meet in Castle Rock, WA
  • 9:00: Arrive at SLC, settle in
  • 9:30 Outdoor Activities
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 12:30: Feet-on-bed time with quiet activities (nap, journaling, reading, etc.)
  • 1:30: Go to Johnston Ridge Observatory
  • 3:30: Activity at Coldwater Lake or Crafts
  • 5:30 Dinner
  • 6:00 Structured Free Time
  • 7:30: Large Group Game
  • 8:00: Evening Circle: Songs and Stories or Short dusk hike
  • 9:00 Final indoor activity and bedtime
  • 7:00: Wake up
  • 7:30: Breakfast
  • 8:00: Large Group Activity
  • 9:30: Hike
  • 12:00: Lunch
  • 12:30: Coldwater Lake Activity
  • 2:00: Feet-on-bed time with quiet activities (nap, journaling, reading, etc.)
  • 3:00: Choose Your Own Adventure (crafts, science activity, hike)
  • 4:00: Structured Free Time
  • 5:30: Dinner
  • 6:00: Group Game and Group Activities
  • 8:00: Evening Circle: Songs and Stories or Short dusk hike
  • 9:00 Final indoor activity and bedtim
  • 7:00: Wake up
  • 7:30: Breakfast
  • 8:00: Group Activity
  • 9:00: Outdoor Activity
  • 11:30: Lunch
  • 12:00: Feet-on-bed time with quiet activities (nap, journaling, reading, etc.)
  • 1:00: Choose Your Own Adventure (crafts, science activity, hike)
  • 2:30: Pack up
  • 3:00: Final activities
  • 3:45: Depart SLC for Castle Rock, WA
  • 5:00 Parent Pickup in Castle Rock, WA

Locations

Science & Learning Center

  • The SLC is a re-purposed visitor center in the heart of the blast zone and just 10 miles from Johnston Ridge Observatory. Campers will lodge and dine at the SLC.
  • Site is wheel-chair accessible.
  • Learn more about the facilities at the SLC here
  • View location of SLC in Google Maps.

Hummocks Trail

  • Some Volcano Venture programs may include exploration on the Hummocks Trail.
  • The Hummocks are the landforms which formed during the 1980 eruption as the top of Mount St. Helens fell apart in a giant landslide the pieces of the old mountaintop slowed and stopped downvalley. The Hummocks Trail is a 2.7 mile loop trail which winds up and down through the hummocks, passing habitat which established after the 1980 eruption.
  • The Hummocks Trail parking lot is about a 10-minute drive from the Science & Learning Center.
  • View location of Hummocks Trail in Google Maps.

Coldwater Lake

  • Some Volcano Venture programs may include a visit to Coldwater Lake to eat lunch, conduct an aquatic study, or otherwise explore this incredible lake which formed as a result of the 1980 eruption.
  • Coldwater Lake sits in the valley adjacent to the Science & Learning Center. The Coldwater Lake vicinity includes a picnic area, restrooms, and the 0.6 mile interpretive “Birth of a Lake” boardwalk trail.
  • Coldwater Lake is about a 10-minute drive from the Science & Learning Center.
  • View location of the Coldwater Lake Picnic Area in Google Maps.

 

Lodging

Campers will sleep inside the Science & Learning Center. Bathrooms and running water are available inside the SLC. Showers are not available.

  • Campers will either sleep on the floor amidst former visitor center displays or in one of our two bunk rooms.
  • Our two bunkrooms (with a total of 26 total beds), as well as numerous large rooms, accommodate separate male and female sleeping arrangements.
  • There are centrally located bathrooms with hot water but there are no showers.

 

REGISTER NOW

 Choose from two Volcano Venture sessions:

  • July 15-16, 2017 (Saturday-Sunday) | 1 night | $175 | SIGN UP NOW**
  • August 9-11, 2017 (Wednesday-Friday) | 2 nights | $250 | SOLD OUT

**You will receive a camper registration form via email after your purchase.

For more information: Email learn@mshinstitute.org

 

PREPARE FOR CAMP

PARENT/GUARDIAN INFORMATION PACKET:

FORMS TO COMPLETE:

*Please complete and return to Mount St. Helens Institute either by email or mail.

  • BY EMAIL: Scan or take a photo of complete and signed forms.  Email them to learn@mshinstitute.org
  • BY MAIL: Send original copies of complete and signed forms to:

ATTN: Volcano Venture camp

Mount St. Helens Institute

42218 NE Yale Bridge Rd.

Amboy, WA 98601

Please email learn@mshinstitute.org if you have any questions or concerns or would like further information.