“The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.” ~George Santayana, philosopher and poet
It is well known among family members that the culmination of Kirkland family Alaska outdoor adventures will be followed by the mantra “And we get to live here.”
A simple reminder, really, but one that bears repeating, because we are fortunate to be able to live in a place so rich in nature and deep in outdoor culture. It’s not just that I grew up immersed in outside spaces, building forts and catching bugs and getting indescribably dirty during the pleasant dance of my own childhood. Nor is it enough that my own children have been blessed to be interested about and participate in activities complimentary to my own.
We want to share it. And by “share it,” I mean offering a portion of what we’ve been given; knowledge, opportunity, and family. So we are, in an exciting new partnership with Alaska Huts, a non-profit organization dedicated to the inclusion of backcountry in activities related to wilderness education and stewardship. Right up our AKontheGO alley.
On June 18-19, 2016 at the cozy, scenic Manitoba Cabin, AKontheGO’s team will assemble with 16 other lucky individuals to embark upon an experience that will hopefully change your family’s life. Welcome to Manitoba Family Camp.
WHAT IS IT? Family camp is an opportunity to unplug from a busy life and take advantage of Alaska’s wilderness access together. Ever attend summer camp? Manitoba Family Camp will present a similar format complete with crafts, hikes, games, and an evening campfire. The one difference is that families will attend together and work as a team throughout the weekend, accomplishing tasks and restoring bonds between adults and kids that often flitter away during hustle and bustle lifestyles of work or school. Over the course of 24 hours, families attending camp together will enjoy the beauty of Alaska’s forestland within easy reach of the Seward Highway, since the cabin is but a 20 minute walk from the parking lot.
WHO SHOULD GO? Families of any age are welcome at Family Camp! The premise is to offer an atmosphere of collective enjoyment within the landscape of Southcentral Alaska. That said, parents or guardians attending our family camp experience should be advised that activities will be geared for children age 4 and up, depending upon the participant roster. Participants also must be able to walk at least 2 miles (to and from the cabin, and during group hikes), carry their own gear, and be prepared to assist with cooking and other camp duties.
WHAT WILL WE DO? Oh, families, there will be so much fun! We’ll walk to the camp together, prepare and eat meals as a group, play some games, participate in individual arts and crafts projects, and take a hike along the historic trails near Manitoba Mountain. There might even be fort-building. Evening will bring a campfire and s’mores before bedtime in the two cozy yurts available for famlly campers. In the morning, we’ll enjoy breakfast together and then provide some free time to hike or explore on your own before packing up and trekking back to the parking lot to say farewell.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? At just $40 per person (regardless of age) Manitoba Family Camp is a good deal’s good deal!
WHERE CAN I SIGN UP? If you’re an AKontheGO reader, you’re getting an inside scoop: Attend REI’s Summer Camp Fair on Saturday, February 20 from 12-4 p.m. and sign your family up. Come with questions and be ready to register — with only 16 slots Manitoba Family Camp is going to sell out FAST.
QUESTIONS? Contact Alaska Huts HERE. Can’t make the Camp Fair on February 20? They can help.
We all “get” to live here. Let’s not waste it. Come to Manitoba Family Camp with and spend some time in Alaska’s beautiful outdoor blessing.