Nine campers and three staff will backpack, whitewater raft, stand up paddleboard, and paddle sea kayaks as a team to grow, explore, adventure, and challenge themselves during this epic trip in Northwestern Washington. The program, for teens with asperger’s, autism, and/or adhd, combines our 7-day backpacking with our sea kayaking program. The first half of the trip will take the group to the rugged North Cascades Wilderness area for a week-long backpacking adventure in the North Cascades, culminating with an exciting whitewater rafting run down a scenic class III river. We will than trade our hiking boots for kayak booties and pfd's and explore the majestic San Juan Archipelago, where they will practice communication skills while paddling double sea kayaks in the world-class waters of the Pacific Northwest, with opportunities to see abundant wildlife, such as harbor seals, bald eagles, Dall’s porpoise, and of course, orcas, which feed in these waters during the summer months. Our Goals, beyond having ridiculous amounts of fun with newly made friends, are to help develop social and self confidence while providing an exciting, challenging and unforgettable adventure experience. Our Staff support teens through compassionate strength-based perspectives, believing every adolescent has many gifts and unique qualities to offer. Staff honor campers for every positive effort they make, and gently encourage campers to work toward challenging themselves. Our Philosophy supports the making and maintaining of healthy relationships, being compassionate toward others, developing the ability to treat each struggle in life as an opportunity, and doing the hard work of growing and developing both as an individual and as a member of a community.