Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Natural world comes alive with MAT

Daily adventures in store


By EXPRESS STAFF

    Mountain Adventure Tours, after more than 14 years of operation, continues to perfect its unique brand of “envirotainment.”
    MAT is once again offering a wide range of summer programs for kids ages 4 to 16.
    Daily adventures and multi-night road trips provide an exciting environment to explore the natural world, the Wood River Valley community and the people living within it.
    MAT helps children learn responsibility, independence and decision-making skills. Kids are given the responsibility and freedom to discover who they are and where their talents lie.
    This year, MAT offers 29 programs. They cover treasure hunting, swimming, fort-building, biking, climbing, spelunking and horseback riding. Many camps include at least one overnight, but younger adventurers attending the organization’s “mini camps” get plenty of adventure during the daylight hours.
    The camps are located at a 13-acre BaseCamp property on the eastern side of Trail Creek Summit. It sits along the Big Lost River within sight of Idaho’s tallest peak, Mt. Borah.
    Mini-MAT camps are designed for younger campers. They offer art projects, short hikes, tours of local businesses and fun water play. Mini-campers hunt treasure, pretend to be superheroes or spies or splash around in rivers and lakes. Mini camps run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Older campers can explore caves in Southern Idaho, learn to build shelters from natural materials—and stay overnight in them—learn to video edit, mountain bike, climb mountains, ride horses, raft and paddleboard or even become counselors in training.
    For program descriptions, schedules, prices and applications, visit mountainadventuretours.org or call 309-1005. Scholarships are available.




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