Come to Sarah Lawrence College this Week for Wilderness Ventures Leadership Info

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If you want to learn a little more about being a leader this summer and make memories outdoors, there is a really great opportunity this week.

Past leaders are going to be at Sarah Lawrence College in New York to talk about their experiences. They’ve done exciting mountain climbing instruction, surfing lessons, rafting trips and all kinds of things that let them have fun in the wilderness and be a role model to younger students.

It will be all day on Wednesday, November 6 starting at 11:00 am. If you have time, it is very worth while and would look great on a resume. Not only that, it feels great to teach someone a new skill and watch a young guy or gal learn to raft, climb or make a campfire for the first time.

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Instructors will be available all day to talk to potential leaders who have experience with outdoor travel and wilderness skills they would like to use this summer and beyond.

Unsure about if you have the qualifications? Ask the leaders how to boost your eligibility and start gathering a few references. It is a pretty tough to get a spot, so if you can meet someone face-to-face then there will be a better chance that you can make an impression.

If you will be in the area, get more info here and stop by to say hello and talk about some summer plans.

New Trip Summer 2014: Big Sky for the Win

Wilderness Ventures has a brand new trip coming up and the details are pretty exciting.

Future adventurers can choose to take a 13 day trip through Big Sky country for an opportunity to see some beautiful wilderness.

If you’ve never been to Glacier National Park, it is not something to be missed if you are a camping junkie. Teens will learn how to paddleboard on Whitefish Lake, zipline through Montana and over the Yellowstone River and strap on a backpack and head through the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness.

This level 5 trip gets better with a rafting expedition on the Flathead River and a ride down the Old Milwaukee Railroad. We bet they will be sure to make plenty of wishes through the tunnels.

There is still plenty of time to sign up and teens may even get a really nice discount!

Summer 2014 is the Time for Southern Europe

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The cities of art, love and some of the best wilderness can seem like a dream for some people to visit. Backpacking through the Swiss Alps is something that most people read in romantic novels or from an adventure story from long ago.

Not so this past summer when a small group of adventurers took a trip from Geneva to Paris and explored everything in between.

A hike through the Pyrenees is the perfect beginning to seeing what the big fuss is about when people talk about how great Europe is. A little bit of Spanish practice doesn’t hurt either while roaming the countryside.

The slower French way of life was very refreshing once the group got to Chamonix which really made it feel like summer. The first look at France was more scenic, with views of Mount Blanc and the look of gorgeous valleys and wilderness areas for about 10 days.

The teens then got to watch the Eiffel Tower light up and do the more tourist-oriented sites. But it didn’t lessen the experience because they got to sleep under the stars days before and take in all the beauty that nature had to offer.

This and more is coming this next summer, maybe with some fun extras thrown in along the way.

Grand Teton: Make a Snow Angel with Wilderness Ventures

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Seriously! Go from the top of a snow covered mountain covered in powder then down to clear running water for some fishing. That’s the great thing about the Grand Tetons and Grand Teton National Park.

One of our fearless leaders decided to jump into the snow during this past summer’s tour of Yellowstone National Park. The adventurers got a real kick out of the idea and a couple made snow angels afterwards.

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After that chilly experience, the teens were warmed to the idea of seeing Old Faithful and learning about the area.

One of the best parts was the sunny kayaking session in the park with everyone else and waving our honorary U.S. flag to show a bit of spirit for the beautiful national park.

This was coupled with leadership lessons and survival skills really made the trip feel more important than most. Trust exercises and real-life survival skills were just part of the experience that helped teach teens that they actually have more control over their lives than they believed.

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After the chilly trek and fantastic 13,771 foot climb to the summit where the adventurers proudly displayed the U.S. flag and the Wilderness Ventures banner to signify the great thing they just accomplished.

The leadership portion included group leaders motivating those who may have gotten tired or felt like giving up. They really needed to band together when the cold and the height got too much for some people.

Grand Teton basically had everything, which is why it’s been a staple for the last four decades.

Bond with Siblings on Trips from Wilderness Ventures

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Trips with brothers and sisters can seem like a huge drag. A poke from the back seat to the back of the head or an annoying sing-a-long are probably a few of the peeves that brothers and sisters have when they imagine long rides  or plane rides while on vacation.

Wilderness Ventures says au contraire on the thought that siblings will ruin a stellar vacation. Going out into nature with a familiar friend at your side is actually a benefit, not an annoyance.

Who wouldn’t want someone to share the memory of diving in Fiji, hiking to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro, or lazing it over in Jackson Hole with a fishing line in the water? Brothers and sisters forget all that bickering once they get a look at the sunrise or once one lifts the other over a tough hill. Plus, it lets parents get a little bit of peace and quiet knowing that their children are bonding and getting some quality experiences.

Or if they really don’t want to be together or one is a little too young, brothers and sisters can still take separate trips and use those experiences to get along better or maybe plan a trip together some other time.

Plus, if siblings sign up for a Wilderness Ventures, one of them gets a special discount 10 percent discount.

If you have any sibling trip memories, leave them in the comments below!

Wilderness Ventures Wishing Safety for Colorado Flood Victims

The beautiful mountains in Boulder, Estes Park and areas of Larimer County are being flooded by rain water that has made people’s lives very difficult.

The Rocky Mountain trips through Colorado are always a joy and students have always wanted to return. Colorado is full of wonderful people and great wilderness, so it is a shame when that area is ravaged by such harsh weather.

Take high ground and stay safe!

 

Wilderness Ventures Fiji Service Teaches Teens to Be Kids Again

This may look like a silly video of kids doing a dance, but it’s also a sweet way to show how community service with the local children can help teens find happiness with whatever they have.

The kids in Fiji are so full of life that it made the Wilderness Ventures volunteers return to their elementary school roots and enjoy the silly game rather than feel like they were too cool for it.

It was humbling and fun, which is all you can really hope for from the end of a trip.