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We combine one to five days of outdoor adventure with kid-friendly mountain hospitality in spectacular settings in New Hampshire and Maine. Our expert staff will lead a full program of activities for parents and kids ages 5-12. Families with younger children should check out our Wee Wanderers programs for kids ages 3-5.

We make planning family adventure vacations easy with our all-inclusive program, including daily guided activities, meals, and lodging. These programs are a great way to enjoy the camaraderie of other families who share your outdoor interests!

Family Adventure Camps are led by experienced AMC guides who  come from various backgrounds, including outdoor education and environmental studies. All guides go through rigorous training and have a minimum of Wilderness First Aid training.

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Featured Family Adventures

25
Jul
Family Adventure: Introduction to Backpacking
Thu, Jul 25 – Sun, Jul 28
AMC Highland Center, NH
If you and your family would like to try out backpacking, this program is for you. AMC's guides introduce backpacking skills such as backcountry travel considerations, Leave No Trace ©, map…
26
Jul
Family Adventure: Introduction to Camping
Fri, Jul 26 – Sun, Jul 28
AMC Cardigan Lodge, NH
Have you ever wanted to try out camping with the whole family but did not know where to start? Join us for an introduction to family camping. Friday afternoon we gather at Cardigan Lodge to collect…
28
Jul
Family Adventure: Rivers and Mountains Carter Notch Hut Overnight
Sun, Jul 28 – Wed, Jul 31
AMC Joe Dodge Lodge, NH
Paddle the rivers and climb the mountains with families in the beautiful White Mountains! We've merged two or your favorite offerings- paddling and hiking to our backcountry huts. We'll…
31
Jul
Family Adventure: Bagging Baldy with Young Hikers
Wed, Jul 31 – Fri, Aug 2
AMC Cardigan Lodge, NH
Mount Cardigan's 3,121-foot treeless granite summit affords outstanding views of west central New Hampshire, with a panorama that includes Mount Monadnock and the White Mountains, Camel's…
01
Aug
Family Adventure: Hike and Paddle
Thu, Aug 1 – Sun, Aug 4
AMC Highland Center, NH
Look no further for your family's summer vacation! Led by AMC's Outdoor Guides, you'll enjoy three full days of outdoor adventures and fun evening programs. Activities will include…
02
Aug
Family Adventure: Wee Wanderers
Fri, Aug 2 – Sun, Aug 4
AMC Cardigan Lodge, NH
AMC offers the perfect 3-day program for you and your little ones to explore the outdoors! Designed for families with 3-5 year old kids, Wee Wanderers Family Explorations will tap into and encourage…
06
Aug
Family Adventure: Introduction to Backpacking
Tue, Aug 6 – Fri, Aug 9
AMC Highland Center, NH
If you and your family would like to try out backpacking, this program is for you. AMC's guides introduce backpacking skills such as backcountry travel considerations, Leave No Trace ©, map…
07
Aug
Family Adventure: Hike Rock and Rapids
Wed, Aug 7 – Sun, Aug 11
AMC Joe Dodge Lodge, NH
Long Web Description: Looking for a multi-sport adventure to share with your family? Join us on our Family Adventure Series in Pinkham Notch, and try your hand at hiking, rock climbing, and white…
11
Aug
Family Adventure: Rivers and Mountains Zealand Falls Hut Overnight
Sun, Aug 11 – Wed, Aug 14
AMC Joe Dodge Lodge, NH
Paddle the rivers and climb the mountains with families in the beautiful White Mountains! We've merged two or your favorite offerings- paddling and hiking to our backcountry huts. We'll…
15
Aug
Family Adventure: Hike and Paddle
Thu, Aug 15 – Sun, Aug 18
AMC Highland Center, NH
Look no further for your family's summer vacation! Led by AMC's Outdoor Guides, you'll enjoy three full days of outdoor adventures and fun evening programs. Activities will include…

About Family Adventures

Level of Difficulty

Program participants should be able to complete a moderate 4-hour day hike in a backcountry setting. Parents or grandparents will participate with children in all programs, and are in the best position to judge the abilities of children or grandchildren.

Our program staff will base each day’s activities based on group ability. Depending on the size of the group, we may split the group so that there is an option of an easier and a more challenging hike.

Families looking for a little more challenge may want to consider a Family Adventure with a hut overnight option. Families with younger children (3-5) might consider our Wee Wanderers Family Explorations. If you have any questions about which family adventure is right for your interests and abilities, please call us and we’ll connect you to program staff.

Sample Daily Program Schedule

7:00-8:00 AM Breakfast/Rundown of day’s camp schedule and weather by staff

9:00-11:30 AM Morning activity (ex. nature walk, stream exploration, map and compass, hike, paddle, Staying Found – Rescue Dog Demo)

12:00-1:00 PM Lunch with group

1:00-2:00 PM Free time to explore or relax

2:00-5:00 PM Afternoon activity (ex. hike to Lowe’s Bald Spot, pond studies, forest ecology, canoeing, fly fishing)

5:00-6:00 PM Social Hour

6:00-7:00 PM Dinner

7:00-9:00 PM Evening program (examples: evening campfire & sing-along, night hike, stories from the stars, movies)

Meals

A breakfast buffet, trail lunch, and sit-down family-style dinner, including home-baked bread, soup, salad, entree, and dessert, are included with your guided program package. Vegetarian options are always available. At least one kid-friendly dinner option, such as macaroni and cheese, fajitas, and chicken fingers is available daily. Dinner is usually served buffet-style so kids can eat early. Staff will generally organize an activity for kids during meal time so parents can socialize and take more time to finish dinner. Please notify us during registration of any special dietary requirements. We can accommodate vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and lactose-free diets, and most food allergies, with advance notice.

Testimonials

It was just what we were looking for in a family vacation. We met so many nice people-both the guides and the other families. The whole staff was really great-they even got my 6-year-old to try a kayak!”

Jeanne P. (Highland Center)

“There is not enough room to say how organized this family camp was. From the minute we arrived we were greeted with big smiles, our week was very well planned, full of varied, naturally beautiful things to see! The staff were strong, kind, and very capable leaders.”

Marla M. (Joe Dodge Lodge)

“This was our first AMC experience and we’re already looking forward to the next one. All of us learned a lot and took home lessons about conservation, wildlife, and nature. We will always have special memories of this vacation!”

Sharon & Peter L. (Highland Center)