Sign-up and Information for Students/Families

How to Sign Up for a Trip

There are three steps you must take towards securing your spot on a trip. Trip leaders will make the final roster for the trip and confirm your attendance at the final pre-trip meeting.

Step 1: Attend the required pre-trip meetings

  • There are typically two pre-trip meetings starting 2-3 weeks before each trip. Meetings take place in Taussig unless stated otherwise.
  • Meeting information can be found in the Trip Information document on the Outdoor Program homepage and on the Outdoor Program calendar.

Step 2: Complete the “Trip Sign-Up and Gear Request Form.” A link to this form will be given at the first trip meeting

Step 3: Ask your parent/guardian to complete the trip permission form on MyBackpack. Click here if you have questions about that process.

Step 4: On the morning of the trip, complete the COVID Symptom Tracker on the Magnus app. You will show this to the trip leaders when you arrive at the trip. If you cannot fill out the app, the trip leaders will compete a COVID screening when you arrive. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, STAY AT HOME and contact the trip leader.

Expectations for Outdoor Program Participants

The Outdoor Program believes that students grow and accomplish most when given responsibility. We expect students to be responsible for all aspects of their participation (e.g. safety, gear, meeting attendance) on outdoor trips. See below for more specifics:

  • Pre-trip attendance at information sessions prior to trips
  • Attendance at specially scheduled training sessions for particular trips (these sessions are rare and are scheduled as needed around student schedules)
  • Payment of trip fees designed to cover the cost of transportation and campground fees where appropriate. The fee ranges, but averages around $50 per trip. Financial assistance is available through The Northwest Experience Fund.
  • Agreement to abide by the school guidelines and policies for school functions and activities, as set forth in the student handbook
  • Preparation for each outing in terms of needed equipment, food, resources as explained in the information sheet for each trip

Earning PE Credit Through the Outdoor Program

Students may earn PE credit through participation in Outdoor Program trips. To earn full PE credit for any trimester, a student must earn at least five days of outing experience. To earn half PE credit for any trimester, a student must complete at least three days of outing experience. Each trip will be rated as to the number of days experience it provides (see schedule below). Students desiring a full PE credit will usually need to participate in three or four trips per trimester. If full or half credit is not earned during one trimester, the outing days will roll over to the following trimester.

Here are last year's Outdoor Program trips and associated “days” of credit earned for each:

Fall Trimester:
Intro to Hiking and Camping Trip – two days
Alpine Backpacking Trip – two days
Cascades Day Hike – one day
Urban Bike Adventure – one day

Winter Trimester:
Dark Sky Star Gazing and Snowshoe – two days
Mt. Baker Snow Cave Trip – three days
Affinity Group Retreat – one day

Spring Trimester:
Olympic Coast Backpacking – three days
Lopez Island Bike Trip – two days

Technology Problems?

You will need to sign into your Office 365 account to fill out the form. If you cannot access the form, it is most likely because you are signed into the wrong account on your browser. Sign out of all accounts and try again. If this does not work, please contact Nathan Franck.

How to Access the Forms in My BackPack

  1. Log in to your My Backpack account
  2. Click on "My Forms/Documents"
  3. Download the appropriate Outdoor Program permission form

After following these steps, you’ll be able to fill out the permission slip for your student to attend a specific trip.

We will charge the fee associated with the trip through your online school statement. Please visit the Account Details section of MyBackPack after the trip to pay the fee by credit card or e-check. If you do not want to wait for the fee to be posted to your account, you can make a prepayment through My Backpack or send a check to the school. The Northwest Experience Fund covers this 100% of Outdoor Program fees for families that receive financial aid. If you have any questions about payment, please contact Jonathan Hochberg.

Students will need their student ID number in order to complete the form. ID numbers are listed on each student's schedule on My BackPack.

If you experience technical difficulties with My BackPack, please email nws-mbp@northwestschool.org or call the front desk at 206-682-7309.