10 Authentic Experiences You Will Have at WA

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1. Making Friends without meeting them at school, in sports, or online.
Take 2 leaders who care a lot and 11 other kids accomplishing the same individual and group challenges as you. Add: the genuine euphoria that comes at the end of a big day hiking, climbing, canoeing, or exploring. Take away: desks, walls, busy schedules, and -of course!- any access to phones or the internet. And you’ll get: authentic connection, empathy, support, and just maybe… lifelong friends.
2. Packing a backpack.
Stuff is just stuff until it’s your bed, your shelter, your food & water, and your clothes… packed neatly and compactly into a backpack so you can easily carry it all to the next campsite.
3. Covering Ground.
Do you really know how long a mile is? On foot? Or on a bike? How about in a canoe? How big is the world anyway? When it takes a whole day to get where you’re headed on foot, you’ll start getting a good idea.
4. Cooking dinner for yourself.
When’s dinner? Whenever you get that stove set up, the water boiling, the food prepped… (Hunger is an excellent motivator when you’re on trail.)
5. Using a map to find home.
“Ok Google, navigate to…” doesn’t often work in the middle of the woods, but a map always has service and is always at 100% battery – especially once you’ve learned how to use it.
6. “Going” outside.
When nature calls, and you answer it in nature… a world of appreciation dawns for how humans and animals have “gone” for thousands of years – not to mention that joy of a simple *flush* when you get back to civilization!
7. Playing in the rain.
What they say about ‘learning to dance in the rain’ isn’t just a metaphor. 
8. Making fire.
Is there anything more authentic than creating your own heat and light?!
9. Reflecting every day.
When you’re debriefing the day around the fire at night, after cooking dinner; carrying all of your stuff on your back; covering ground; finding your campsite on the map; and doing all of that with your group of new authentic friends... you’re going to have some amazingly real and truly important memories to take with you in life.
10. Oh, and all those adventure activities!
You’re wearing a helmet. You’ve got a harness on, or a personal flotation device. Your leaders and instructor are there showing you the way and you’ve got a group of folks watching, participating, encouraging… and you’re doing it! You’re going fast, you’re high off the ground, you’re riding a wave. The pictures are going to be awesome, but they’re nothing compared to actually climbing that rock, paddling that rapid, or riding that trail. 

To find out more about this authentic experience, join us at a Parent’s Campout at WA on April 27th, 

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