Camp Wilderness
Aug 8-11, 2024

  • $151- Early Bird fee until one month before camp
  • $166- Camp fee after Early Bird discount deadline 
  • Registration must be paid in full by July 8, 2024 to keep Early Bird discount
  • $30.00 Non-refundable deposit if you have to cancel registration
  • Arrive by 10 am Thursday

    Please be on time!

    Graduation 10 am Sunday

    Parents are encouraged to attend


    For AJTC graduates, Backpacking Adventure Camp is a nine-mile, two-day adventure on the trail learning and developing backpacking skills with classes, such as

    • Trail equipment
    • Low impact camping
    • Emergency first aid
    • Water purification
    • Preparing meals on the trail
    • Navigation (map & compass)
    • Search and rescue [SAR] techniques.

    Trail teams will camp and work together, sharing tasks and leadership responsibilities. You will live in tents and prepare your meals. You will be presented many opportunities to demonstrate what you have learned about living in the backcountry.

    Sneakers will be allowed for hiking; ensure that the shoes are sturdy to provide good support for your feet.

    Instruction is based on the (green) Backpacking and Hiking Merits.



    1. Register on-line on Campwise. Campers should register at least two weeks in advance in order to secure a spot. Camp equipment that may have been included in your registration is not guaranteed to late registrants.
    2. Pack all the items on the Equipment list yourself! That way, you know where to find it. Contact the Camp Commander with any questions you have about the equipment or gear for this Camp.
    3. Be ready to check in at Camp at 10 am on Thursday. Please be on time! All Prescription medications must be checked in with the Camp Medical Officer when you arrive at Camp.
    4. Arrange for your parents to attend your graduation at 10 am. on Sunday; you may go home with them after the ceremony.
    5. Inform your Outpost Commander of the merit requirements you achieved at camp. Also, tell your Commander and others of your great Adventure.

    --Camp is NOT responsible for electronic devices.--

    Camp Staff must be approved by the Camp Commander before registering on Campwise; and must have the online Pastoral Reference form submitted. This needs to be completed only once a year.

    Join our Academy Facebook page.


    CLOTHING: There are items that will be left back at Camp when you go into the field.

    • Duffel Bag
    • Jeans/shorts, T-shirt, socks, underclothing for fresh change
    • clothes for sleeping (‘pajamas’)
    • Toiletry Kit (shampoo; deodorant; etc.)
    • Towel (washcloth)
    • Shower shoes (optional)
    • Sweatshirt (optional)

    Hiking Footwear should fit well.  ‘Break-in’ Hiking boots prior to Camp.

    Sneakers are allowed; but must be sturdy to provide good support.

    CLOTHING (wear in the field)

    • 1 Cap [Bring Academy cap from JTC]
    • T-Shirt
    • 1 pr. Pants, hiking or jeans
    • 1 pr. Shorts or Convertible Pants
    • 1 pr. Boots (or hiking shoes)
    • 1 pr. Socks (hiking-type (NO cotton))
    • 1 pr. Socks (liner) [Optional]
    • 1 Neck Gaiter OR bandana (Optional)

    EXTRA CLOTHING (packed in backpack)

    • 1 Sweatshirt
    • 1 Poncho
    • Rain Coat (optional)
    • 2 T-Shirt (Ranger or moisture-wicking)
    • 4 underwear (boxer-brief)
    • 1 pr. Sneakers (shoes)[wear at campsite]
    • 4 pr. Socks (hiking-type (NO cotton))
    • 1 Swim Trunks
    • Bag for soiled clothing

    TOILETRY KIT [travel-size items] (zip-lock bag)

    • Toothbrush & toothpaste (floss/picks)
    • Soap (bar)
    • Towel (small)
    • Comb (Optional)
    • Fingernail clipper (Optional)
    • Toilet Paper (small roll w/o core)
    • Body Powder (*GoldBond® )
    • Lip Balm (*Chapstick® or *Carmex®)
    • Insect repellent
    • Sunscreen

    Your Backpack is the most important gear needed. You will be carrying all your gear (with community supplies) in your backpack

    Remember, think in ounces, not pounds. Pack your pack and weigh yourself. Add 6 pounds for community gear. Your pack should not weigh more than 25-33% of your body weight.


    • Backpack w/frame & hip belt [50-60 L]
    • Tent, lightweight (can pair with another)
    • Sleeping Bag (lightweight)
    • old’ Bed Sheet liner (Optional)
    • Pillow (small) [or cloth bag for clothing]
    • Sleeping Pad (lightweight foam)
    • Water Bottle (32 oz. Nalgene®, wide-mouth)
    • Cup, 10-12 oz. (with handle)
    • ‘Mess Kit’ (fork; spoon; bowl)
    • Bible (small)
    • (2) #2 Pencils (wood)

    ESSENTIALS [Survival] Kit

    • Pocket Knife &/or Multi-Tool (small saw)
    • Flashlight (additional flashlight optional)
    • Compass (baseplate-type)[*Brunton® 7DNL]
    • Whistle
    • ‘Survival’ mirror (small)
    • Matches & water-proof Container
      OR  Metal match (Magnesium fire-starter)
    • Cordage (20 ft. rope/paracord) (Optional)
    • Water Purification System       (Optional)

    FIRST-AID KIT (zipper-lock bag)

    • *NexCare® bandages; pads; tape
    • Moleskin pads (blister protection)
    • Antibiotic Ointment (optional)


    • Sunglasses
    • gloves
    • Wristwatch
    • Trekking poles or Hiking Staff