R.A.D. Camps was started in 2008 and is based out of beautiful Bend, Oregon. All adventures are in the Deschutes and Willamette National Forests, with occasional state park adventures. R.A.D. Guides have many years of experience working with youth and are passionate about teaching how to explore the great outdoors while being "impact free." R.A.D. Camps provides an opportunity for kids to enjoy learning about the environment.
R.A.D. Camps operates under a special use permit with the United States Forest Service and emphasizes free play, fun, camaraderie, and an appreciation for the natural world .
“No Child Left Inside!” We enjoy utilizing this slogan to help promote the No Child Left Inside Act passed by congress in 2009. This act was passed to help get more kids outside and reconnected with nature.
In the words of author Richard Louv (2008), in his book Last Child in the Woods, “…adult concern for, and behavior related to, the environment derives directly from participating in such ‘wild nature activities’ as playing independently in the woods, hiking, fishing, and hunting before the age of eleven.” Louv cites numerous studies and anecdotal observations showing how important “free play” and “natural play time” are for children, while highlighting the benefits obtained from these activities.
R.A.D. Camps is committed to getting kids outside enjoying Oregon! Please join us!