Wilderness Adventures

Wilderness Adventures

About

Wilderness Adventures is the intersection of the summer camp experience and hard-skills backcountry education. Have fun and develop your leadership and outdoor skills while immersing yourself in new environments, cultures, and community living. Wilderness Adventures is a launchpad– an important step that teaches our students to pursue a life of fulfillment where the journey is as important as the destination.

Founded
1973

Reviews

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Grace
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Going into this trip, I was very nervous about meeting everyone and what the next 67 days were going to be like. But right away the leaders made everyone feel heard and supported. As the weeks went by our group got incredibly close (definitely making it hard to leave at the end!), which made it easier for me to push myself outside my comfort zone, knowing I was supported whether I succeeding or not. I was able to gain both outdoor living skills, while also learning about Wilderness First Aid and Swift Water Rescue! Aside from those skills and certifications I obtained from this trip, I was also able to gain personal growth experiences and really become a stronger, more confident version of myself.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
I attempted to lead climb for the first time and was very nervous. I had spent time practicing, but by the time I was tying in to do it for real, I started to get pretty shaky. One of my leaders, Will, was belaying me and he helped make sure that I felt comfortable and talked me through how everything would go, until I felt completely ready!
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frazer
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Having decided to do this trip on sort of a whim, with no previous backpacking or hiking experience, I was pretty nervous on the flight out to Barcelona, but they turned out to be some of the most amazing weeks of my life! The next four weeks were filled with amazing friends, lots of fun, and lots of challenges (for me at least, haha). I had 2 incredible leaders who genuinely supported me and awesome, sweet, and hilarious friends who laughed with me and helped me up each time I fell because of my bad hiking boots! I grew very close to the people on this trip, and at the end of 4 weeks I couldn't believe I had only met them 28 days ago! I would HIGHLY recommend this trip to anyone considering it.
Each night we would have a group family time, we'd play a game, and do other fun things. One of those thing was that we got to ask one person questions to get to know them. My favorite question was, "if you could pick any moment in your life to to relive what would it be?" One night, when it was my turn to answer, someone asked me the same question, and I don't think I had a definitive answer. But now after this trip, I can say--without a doubt-- that I would choose those 4 weeks in the Alps and Pyrenees! They were filled with adventure, hilarious memories, and times that I laughed so hard that I cried. They were flat out amazing, thanks to the super fun activities that we did, my amazing leaders, and my awesome friends. Also, if nothing else, to all you parents out there, just remember your kid can also squeeze a college essay out of this-- I know I did!

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Reilly
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The moment I got to Peru I was shocked by how at home I felt with the leaders and other campers. Throughout the three weeks I grew as a person pushing myself physically and mentally. My group leaders were so supportive if I ever didn’t feel well, and always could sense if something was up. The friends I made on this trip I will stay in touch with forever and am already planning to meet up with them. Overall it was by far the best 3 weeks of my summer and the activities I participated in we’re unforgettable. It was just an amazing experience from start to finish.

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Andrew
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I have done many trips similar to this, however, Peru stands out as the most unique adventure I have ever experienced. I was certainly encouraged to step outside of my comfort zone. I was not even awarded the comfort of being in the same hemisphere! With enthusiastic trip leaders, a great group of friends, a superb guide, satisfying and productive community service, and an immersive trip itinerary, you are guaranteed to come back from Peru with a deeper understanding about not only the culture, but of yourself as well.

What would you improve about this program?
I think the pack list could be improved. Peru in the winter (which is summer in the United States) would be a reasonable temperature if not for the altitude, which makes it feel much colder than it is. Make sure to pack warm clothes!
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Ella
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Thailand service trip was amazing! I had some of the best experiences of my life with an amazing group of people. The leaders were awesome. Every day we had new adventures, from scuba diving to hanging out with elephants. The service projects were fun to do. We went to marketplaces, where we ordered in Thai, to the island in Nangyuan where we all scuba dove. I will never forget my amazing summer in Thailand and I am so glad I went.

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