Quest Trips

Our Alaska Quest Trips are designed for campers who are ready to learn or expand their backcountry camping skills and push themselves in a safe and fun environment. Our Trip sessions include a day camp portion and an overnight portion (1 or 2-week programs depending on age group). The day camp portion runs out of Kincaid Park, where campers will learn and practice their backcountry skills, prep their gear, and bond with their peers. Then, campers and trip guides will set out on overnight adventures (1-4 nights, depending on the trip) for an unforgettable experience on Alaska’s trails, rivers, and oceans! Specific COVID-19 Mitigation plans will be released later in 2023.

enrollment opens January 11, 2023

Hello Trailside Families,

My name is Ally, and I am the Program Manager for Trailside Discovery Camp. Last summer, I drove my campervan from New Hampshire all the way up here to Alaska to spend my summer experiencing nature with campers as an Instructor and Trip Guide based out of our Kincaid Park location. It’s been quite the adventure that has taught me so many life lessons while allowing me to understand the beauty of our world on a more intimate level. And that is exactly what our Quest Trips are all about!

The outdoors has always been a calming constant throughout my childhood and young adult life. It is a place where one can reflect, relax, and feel grounded amidst everything else that is going on in life. Not to mention the sense of accomplishment that comes with thriving in the backcountry - building your own fire, cooking your own hot meals, and pitching your own tent make you feel like you can do anything!

This summer, I’ve worked to create Quest Trips that reflect my sense of adventure, so I know that our campers will love them! Quest Trips give campers the perfect amount of freedom and independence while also providing a safe, supportive environment to learn outdoor skills and stewardship values that will last a lifetime. All of our 2023 trips are overnight adventures that I have personally done, ranging from 1-night frontcountry trips where you can drive a vehicle to your tent spot to 4-night backcountry trips where you get to take a water taxi that drops you off in true wilderness! These trips will be an experience that your camper will never forget, forging long-lasting friendships, building confidence, and instilling a love for our natural world. 

See you at camp!

Ally Merrill


Want to learn more about our programs? Contact [email protected] or call (907) 274-KIDS (5437).

Scholarships Available