Wilderness Leadership Course
3 weeks of outdoor leadership training.
You will gain in-depth experience in back country camping, hiking, biking, climbing, paddling, and you'll have the chance to lead your group in the trip of a lifetime.
Designed for experienced adventurers age 14-17, this is the ultimate WAEL trip. Confidence with camping and a genuine desire to grow as a leader encouraged.
Just like on all Wilderness Adventure trips, the Wilderness Leadership Course (WLC) is a fully outdoor experience. You will camp in backpacking tents, cook backpacker meals on Whisperlite stoves, and share the accomplishments of the day with your group and leaders by the fire each night.
On this epic trip, however, you will find yourself exercising leadership techniques and achieving group goals in every activity we have to offer. Your leaders are specially chosen months in advance to plan and prepare your trip. As well as being the best on our staff, your leaders and activity instructors are some of the best trained, experienced, and personable guides in the industry. For this prestigious trip each staff member you encounter strives to foster your individual growth through engaging instruction, thorough discussions, and one-on-one feed-back.
OVERVIEW OF ITINERARY
- The WLC begins on Base Camp with a thorough introduction to group dynamics, leadership styles, and Wilderness Adventure style back country camping, as well as a comprehensive kayak class, roll clinic and belay training. The group, comprised of up to 12 students, 1 female leader and 1 male leader, then venture off-site to immersion in the wilderness of the Blue Ridge region of the Appalachian mountains, The New River Valley, and New River Gorge where you will backpack, bike, paddle, and climb.
- The next phase of the WLC encompasses multiple days and many miles of classic Blue Ridge hiking and single track mountain biking. You'll master efficiently packing your back pack, setting camp, and cooking back-country recipes (yes, REAL food) as you also learn map and compass orienteering skills, Leave No Trace Ethics, basic wilderness first aid, bicycle maintenance, trail etiquette, and begin to practice group management and leadership techniques.
- The third phase begins as your group creates the meal plans for the rest of the trip and begin to take over leading the group. Each day there will be two "Leaders of the Day(LODs)." When you are an LOD, together with your co-LOD, you will be responsible for organizing, encouraging and guiding the group through the days scheduled activities. This phase begins as early as the group is ready and usually coincides with the river portion of the trip.
The final phase of the WLC will test everything you have learned and practiced throughout your trip to culminate in the New River Gorge in West Virginia, an area steeped in history and full to the brim with adventure at every level. At the Gorge you will have access to hundreds of climbs, miles and miles of single track, and relish the pure joy of an adventurer's lifestyle in one of the most revered landscapes in America.
- July 1st - 21st
Swift Water Rescue Clinic
White Water Kayaking
White Water Rafting
LIFE LONG GOOEY IMPACT
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(Current Discount: 25% Off!)
July 1st - 21st