10. Exercise: Get those muscles moving and blood flowing. The couch is doing nobody any favors. Don’t let this sudden obesity epidemic weigh you down, Wilderness Adventure will provide you with exercise you don’t even have to think about. Hiking, biking, and climbing: fitness for fun doesn’t seem like exercise at all.
9. Independence: Going away from home the first time can be a daunting idea, but time away can establish crucial social skills for later on down the road. The feeling of independence, the separation that grows confidence and develops personal responsibility; some things you can’t learn in school.
8. The Dogs! We bring our dogs to work everyday and let them run. They are known to investigate groups during lunch-time, stretch out next to the campfire, and can always pencil you in for a good petting. The base camp dogs live a good life and are well taken care of, and in return they brighten up base camp by reminding everyone to never stop exploring.
7. To Meet New People. So many of life lesson’s can’t be taught in textbooks. The ability to communicate to another person face-to-face, the nerve to introduce yourself to new people, and the positive growth involved with gaining another person’s perspective. What better place is there to learn these traits then the Blue Ridge Mountains?
6. Confidence Building. Whether it’s setting up a tent in record time or hiking to the top of a mountain, one thing that Wilderness Adventure hands out in bulk is confidence. We push kids to their comfortable limit and always at the end of the day, as they lay their head down for a good night’s sleep, their accomplishments keep them growing throughout the night.
5. Experiential Learning. Some information can be written out in formulas, others can be defined in dictionaries; but some information can only be learned with your hands. Being able to make choices and see their consequences, problem solving and seeing the big picture; summer school has nothing on Wilderness Adventure.
4. Great Sleep. It may seem backwards at first, sleeping on the ground with a thin mat. How could that be a great night’s sleep? After a day of hiking, hard work, and accomplishments how can you sleep so well? How can nature’s song breathing so lightly, buzzing with frogs and the cicada’s lullaby, rock you to sleep each night? I guess you will just have to trust me on this one.
3. Being Outside. Too many kids today spend their life without knowing what time the sun rises, or experiencing that sudden drop in temperature before it starts raining. Suburbia or not, we all live within the confines of the natural world but not everyone sees the dirt beneath their feet. Get your kid connected, set them up for a life appreciating unspoken resources; it’s an investment that will surely pay off.
2. It’s not X-Box. That sums it up pretty well.
1. IT’S FUN! If anything, Wilderness Adventure’s Summer Youth Program will give you children the best two weeks of their summer. Forget the learning, forget the character building, and forget the life-lessons; Wilderness Adventure is ultimately aiming to give every kid what every child deserves: the opportunity to continue being a kid. And with our positive role models leading the trips, the packed schedule full of activities, and all in the confines of the natural world; no other experience will leave a longer impression on these impressionable minds.
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