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!

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!

Get Ready for Fun Changes for Summer 2014 with Wilderness Ventures

So with the sign up coming in January, Wilderness Ventures has been scheduling some great new changes to the trips that are coming up for this next summer

The next catalog is coming soon and there will be  several trips that have some exciting tweaks and twists that will mix up the routine that has been going for a while. There is a bucket list of trips that will stay with the program for the 2014 season.

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National Parks are staying for good of course. Trips to Yellowstone, Grand Teton and others have been a staple and always good trips for novice and expert outdoorsy people. We may see the trails and hiking routes switched up but the fun will remain in some of North America’s best natural spaces.

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Spain is not to be missed and the next summer’s trip will be rich with culture and natural beauty. Students get to work on Spanish skills and use them in an area where they are immersed in the language. Bull fights, great food and outdoor sports are just a few of the things that will get crossed off the list and never forgotten.

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Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands are beyond beautiful locations that are being worked on this year. There is no shortage of diverse wildlife or friendly communities to visit, so even if the locations are slightly different than last year, they will not be any less quality. This summer will be a chance to explore territories that many have never seen nor will see in their lifetime.

These are just  a sample of trips that will get a bit of a face lift in order to let other students get a unique experience. Enrollment starts pretty soon, and there are special discounts for signing up before Nov 1.

See you all for the next adventure!

Wilderness Ventures Urges Travelers to Unplug and Connect with Others

If you look in any of Wilderness Ventures’ photos, you will not see one person sending a text or holding up a tablet. The only thing the students are plugged into is nature and the tasks ahead.

People are currently dreaming of going unplugged on their next vacations. This is no problem with the trips that teens took this summer. It’s always fascinating how quickly the tech-buried teens will stop trying to make status updates when they can stare at the face of a mountain or take in a real sunset.

This way, travelers can get lost in real conversations or face a full day of hiking or kayaking without worrying about what is on television or how long until they have to reply to a friend’s instant message.

It’s actually pretty simple when you have the time. Put those phones in a safe place, power down those laptops and see how good it feels to not have to worry about the next 140 characters.

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