Full Wilderness Ventures Experience Lasts Past Pictures

Flashes of activities are only a snapshot of what adventurers experience when they travel. A disc toss in one shot can lead to a game of chase right after the picture was taken, and then suddenly they are in front of a sparkling waterfall for another beautiful photo.

Wilderness Ventures takes so many pictures because there is so much to capture. But not even the video above can really get across what Wilderness Ventures means to students.

This past summer has put out dozens of future leaders back into school and into the world with a bit more perspective. They have picked up languages, tested their endurance, climbed mountains and learned how to survive outside of their comfort zone.

Those things are part of the Wilderness Ventures experience. It affects everyone differently, but it is never a waste.

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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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Jackson Hole Isn’t Your Grandpa’s Fishing Trip

This summer was more than just a trip down to the fishing hole. Jackson Hole is one of the oldest trips that Wilderness Ventures students go on, which means that these fishing holes are full of memories and history.

The waters are great for throwing in a line and waiting for a snag. But they are also great for heart-pumping rafting on the Snake River and then taking a drift boat for more calm.

This years photos are just as beautiful as the last, with the Wyoming sun shining on the waters.

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Summer 2013 Students Relax for Labor Day Weekend

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The teens are back at home after months of intense fun and self-improvement. So it may seem like a bit of a lull this weekend knowing that there are no 6 am trips to go kayaking or to summit a mountain.

It was a great few months with everyone but it is pretty nice to just be at home and reflect on the great Wilderness Ventures memories. That doesn’t mean there is nothing to do to bring some adventure into the weekend.

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But there is no need to worry. There are plenty of Labor Day activities that Wilderness Ventures teens and their families can do. For example, do a 5k or 10k race, go for a family walk or just sit on the porch and enjoy the beautiful outside while they enjoy the vacation.

Apply During School for the Next Wilderness Ventures Trip

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The trips for 2013 are all done, but that does not mean that next year does not have the same great trips with spots still open.

2014 summer adventures are closer than you think, so it’s time to apply before the deadline and have something amazing to look forward to before the end of the school year rolls around.

Apply by phone, online or print it out and send it over. WIlderness Ventures is always looking for an enthusiastic young person with a natural curiosity for the outdoors and travel.

There are no excuses now that the trips are over, and Wilderness Ventures have several documents to help you prepare to pack, get healthy and pick which trip works for what you like.

Wilderness Ventures Wants You to Get Your Travel Playlist Going

What is a good adventure without the proper soundtrack? The teens love to belt out songs on the trails or while driving to the campsites.

Here are just a couple favorite videos the teens have watched to get their vocal cords going:

Cat Jump Fail with Music: Sail by AWOLNATION

Beyoncé – Love On Top

Daft Punk – Around The World

 

 

Wilderness Ventures Sets Teens Up For Future Life Skills

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How To Be A Leader

Through Wilderness Ventures worldwide Leadership Adventures, young people can gain self-confidence and learn to be young leaders as they explore the great outdoors in places like Alaska, Montana, Colorado and more. These leadership adventures invite teens to be part of a small, non-competitive group of fellow students. Through a variety of activities like kayaking, hiking, volunteering, rafting, fishing, and more, participants learn wilderness survival skills, build self-confidence, and learn decision-making and leadership skills.

How To Be Part Of A Team

With Wilderness Ventures’ small group teen tours, students have an opportunity to be a part of a highly supportive team in wilderness areas around the world. Learning how to be a positive, valued, contributing member of a team is an invaluable skill in the workforce, and students have ample time to practice this while participating in a variety of wilderness adventure activities with fellow teammates.

How To Be Self-Reliant

Survival in the wilderness—and in the ‘real world’ after college—is very dependent on being self-reliant and being able to make responsible, practical decisions. With Wilderness Ventures teen summer camps, young people learn the value of self-reliance by being presented with opportunities to learn wilderness survival techniques, strategies, problem solving skills, and more.

In today’s competitive job market, being able to step outside of one’s comfort zone and expanding personal boundaries can be a very attractive attribute. Wilderness Ventures tours, besides being exhilarating and fun, can challenge teens to push past their own personal boundaries. Nothing can be more exciting or more challenging then summiting Mount Kilimanjaro, for example, or navigating the Mighty Colorado River in an inflatable kayak. Teens that travel with Wilderness Ventures can learn to expand their personal boundaries through adventure travel.

How To Be Considerate Of The World

Many of Wilderness Ventures trips focus intently on philanthropy, volunteering, wildlife conservation, community service, and more. Teens that have a global awareness and a healthy appreciation for other cultures and the natural world around them may be more prepared for life during or after college when they encounter new people and places. In addition to learning about other cultures and seeing beautiful places around the world, some tours offer students an opportunity to earn up to 60 service hours through hands-on volunteer projects.