Camp 3-Day Itinerary & Menu

Times & Schedule can vary in Lassen National Park depending on snow conditions in early & mid-late summer.

Please advise any Special Dietary Needs in Camp Monroe Registration Form.


6:30 AM Arrive at FMS
7:00 AM Depart FMS for Lassen & Camp Monroe
11:00 AM Arrive at Lassen Volcanic National Park (South) Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center & Sulfur Works
12:00 PM Snow Time & Student’s packed Lunch
2:00 PM Arrive Coleman National Fish Hatchery (Battle Creek tributary to Sacramento River)
3:00 PM Depart Coleman National Fish Hatchery
3:45 PM Arrive Camp Monroe (Lake McCumber/Battle Creek)
4:15 PM Cabin Group Flagpole Meeting
4:30 PM *Free Time
6:00 PM Dinner
6:30 PM *Free Time
8:00 PM Ultimate Frisbee & Capture the Flag
9:30 PM Astronomy
10:30PM Lights Out
*Free Time: Frisbee Golf, Basketball, Softball, Football, Horse Shoes, Ping Pong, Shuffleboard, Games


Breakfast (at home prior to departure)

Lunch (student’s own packed lunch)

Beef, Turkey, Veggie Hamburger & Cheese Burger
Turkey & Veggie Hot Dog
(Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Ketchup, Mayo, Mustard, Relish)
Baked Beans & Pasta Salad
Green Salad & Fresh Fruits
Brownies or Ice Cream
Lemonade, Fruit Drinks, Water


7:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM Depart Camp Monroe
8:15 AM Lassen Information Center (North)
8:45 AM Spatter-Cone Trail
10:00 AM Depart Spatter-Cone Trail
10:15 AM Hat Creek Overlook
10:30 AM Depart Hat Creek Overlook
11:00 AM Arrive Hat Creek Radio Observatory/SETI ATA
11:45 AM Depart HCRO/SETI ATA
12:00 PM Arrive Burney Falls – Lunch
12:30 PM Hike the falls trail
1:30 PM Depart Burney Falls
2:00 PM Arrive Subway Lava Tube Cave *flashlights needed
2:30 PM Depart Subway Lava Tube Cave
3:00 PM Arrive Devastated Area Lassen & Snow Time
4:00 PM Depart Devastated Area
4:30 PM Arrive Camp – *Free Time
6:00 PM Dinner
6:30 PM *Free Time
8:00 PM Prepare Individual Cabin Skits
9:00 PM Campfire, S’mores and Camp Cabin Skits
10:30 PM Lights Out
*Free Time: Frisbee Golf, Basketball, Softball, Football, Horse Shoes, Ping Pong, Shuffleboard, Games


Turkey & Pork Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, & Hash Browns
Bread, Toast, Muffins, Peanut Butter & Jelly
Oatmeal, Cereals, Yogurts, Fresh Fruits, Assorted Juices, Milk

Turkey, Roast Beef & Veggie Wraps
(Spring Mix, Tomato, Cream Cheese)
Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches,
Veggies – Edamame (soy beans), Carrots, Broccoli, Celery, Chips, Cookies, Assorted Juices, Water

Chicken Thighs & Drumsticks
Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
Corn on the Cob
Green Beans & Dinner Rolls
Green Salad & Fresh Fruits
Brownies or Ice Cream,
Lemonade, Punch, Water


6:30 AM Breakfast
7:45 AM Depart Camp Monroe
8:45 AM Arrive at Shasta Caverns (Lake Shasta)
11:30 AM Lunch Shasta Caverns
12:00 PM Depart Shasta Caverns
12:30 PM Arrive at Shasta Dam
1:15 PM Depart Shasta Dam
1:30 PM Arrive Turtle Bay Exploration Park (Sacramento River)
2:30 PM Depart Turtle Bay
6:00 PM Arrive FMS


Veggie & Pork Sausage, Pancakes or French Toast Sticks
Hard-Boiled Eggs, Bread, Toast, Muffins, Peanut Butter & Jelly
Oatmeal, Cereals, Yogurts, Fresh Fruits, Juices, Milk

Roast Beef & Cheddar or Turkey & Swiss
(Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Mayo, Mustard, Pickle)
Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches
Veggies – Edamame (soy beans), Carrots, Broccoli, Celery
Chips & Cookies, Assorted Juices, Water

Snow Contingency Itinerary

Day 1

We begin the day by loading up the buses and heading towards Red Bluff to the south end of Mt Lassen Volcanic National Park. We stop at the Visitor’s Center and the Sulfur Works geothermal area to see some hot springs, mud pots, and fumaroles (steam vents). The next stop is at and the Coleman Fish Hatchery where the Battle Creek tributary joins the Sacramento River before we load the bus for a beautiful drive through the scrub oak chaparral to Camp Monroe, a Y.M.C.A. facility on Lake McCumber; a PG&E dam reservoir near the headwaters of Battle Creek.

Day 2

Students board the buses for a 4km hike on The Spatter Cone Volcano Trail. They will witness over a dozen different bubble-up and squeeze-up volcanoes and the formation of columnar basalt. Afterwards, students go to the Hat Creek Overlook and can see the Hat Creek River Valley and all of the southern Cascades including Mt. Lassen and Mt. Shasta. They will review the valley glacier process while viewing part of Mt Shasta’s glacier field. Students then venture to the Hat Creek Radio Observatory now the Allen Telescope Array to learn about radio astronomy and the search for extra-terrestrial life; SETI. Students then depart for lunch at Burney Falls, a beautiful groundwater waterfall. Students are given the opportunity to discuss the numerous topics on the formation and on-going processes occurring and walk 1km down to the base of the falls. Then, to Lake Britton to swim. On the way back to camp, we stop to wander through Subway Lava Tube Cave, the place where famed, old west, outlaw Black Bart would hide out after robbing the Wells Fargo Stage Coaches and lastly to the iconic Devastated Area for a presentation on the 1915 Eruption. Finally, we head back to Camp Monroe.

Day 3

Students will pack up camp, load the buses and head to Shasta Caverns. Students board a ferry which takes them across Lake Shasta and a small bus brings them up the side of a mountain where the caverns are accessed. The caverns display various aspects of groundwater erosion and deposition, and the geologic and biological processes involved with limestone cave formation. Then we go to Shasta Dam for a short tour. The last stop is at Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding to view a variety of native species: both flora and fauna. Finally, we load the bus and we’re off towards FMS and home.

“Let nature be your Teacher!”

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