July 22-Aug 3
This section is where families and youth collectively meet to “break the ice” and get to know one another. Teens will be introduced to their expedition group and will commit to participating and upholding the community values through a facilitated “Full Value Contract.” Parents will have opportunity for a pre-course seminar so they understand the challenges their students will be going through, given an overview of the core concepts, and then send them off into “adventure.”
Expeditions are broken into sections of specialized outdoor and adventure activities over a 12 day period.
Backpack experience, Rock Climbing Clinic, White Water Intro, White Water kayak Clinic
4:1 student to instructor ratio - students have individual care in making goals, stepping into relationship, and experiencing personal expedition feedback.
Outdoor Experiential Education - real experiences in the wilderness and on the river will give clearer understanding of decisions and their benefits as well as consequences.
Reflection and Processing - Students are given opportunity to reflect on the experience through intentional individual and group reflection time, goal setting, and feedback.
Core Concepts - Leadership as a non-anxious influencing presence, Personal Value as made in God’s image, Servant Leadership, Perseverance over Immediate Gratification, and Joy in contrast to Happiness.
After the Wilderness and Adventure section, families come together for a shared adventure experience to celebrate their teen’s challenges and successes. Then in a half day seminar, students and families are given feedback, and facilitated through a clinic to help set their own action goals for change back in the family environment.