Wilderness Adventures Prepares Teens For Their Future

Nature and the outdoors have so much to offer people of every age. However, young adults have the potential to gain even more. Not only can nature and the outdoors help them to develop an understanding of the importance of what Mother Nature has to offer, but it can also help to encourage the development of life skills that are necessary in order to be a happy and successful person.

Here are other ways a Wilderness Adventure can help prepare your teen for their future:

The development of meaningful relationships. Not only do we think that your teen will find a passion for one of our many outdoor activities, but they will be given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet other peers their age, all with similar interests. With all of our Wilderness Adventures trips, your teen will learn to work with their peers as a group, building not only relationships, but developing self-confidence, independence, and a sense of responsibility in their own life.

Learn how to enjoy life. With all the stress that comes with school, work, and life in general, it is important for children, particularly young adults, to learn how to de-stress and learn to enjoy life. The outdoors is a good way to get away from the stressors in life and learn to find happiness in a healthy way.

Experience places like no other. A Wilderness Adventure adventure offers once-in-a-lifetime trips to places many people will never have the opportunity to visit. Whether your teen wants to backpack the Teton Wilderness, kayak Monterey Bay, or zip-line the Yellowstone River, there is an ultimate experience waiting for them.

How to care and cook for yourself. On a Wilderness Adventure, your teen will learn the important life skills to properly care for themselves, including preparing their own meals, as well as meals for their peers.

Wilderness Adventures has been providing fun and educational teen outdoor adventures for more than 40 years. Visit us to see our variety of exciting and educational outdoor adventures today!

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Tips For Creating Your Own Wilderness Adventure

Participating in a Wilderness Adventure can be a life changing choice, but may not be an option for you at this time. However, by creating your own wilderness adventure, you will be given the opportunity to experience different people and places, as well as challenge yourself in a variety of ways.

In order to ensure that your adventure is a positive experience, it is best to consider the following tips when creating your wilderness adventure:

  1. Ensure that you are physically and mentally prepared.While this may depend on the type of excursion you have decided to participate in, it is best to ensure that you are in the best shape possible for that activity. Whether it may be backpacking, rock climbing, mountain biking, or kayaking, be sure to understand if your body, as well as your mind, are both able to handle the necessary energy, endurance, and mentality that these activities require.
  2. Be sure to understand the land.Before heading out on any type of adventure, it is critical to do your research by reading and studying about the areas you will be traveling to. This includes researching the trails you will be on, the villages or towns you will be visiting, as well as the different cultures you will experience. This will provide you and the people you are traveling with a huge educational opportunity.
  3. Have the appropriate gear.From your backpack, to clothing and shoes, to gear specific for your outdoor activities, it is critical to ensure that your necessary gear is not only in proper working order, but is also comfortable and suitable for your needs.

Perhaps the biggest advantage to a taking a wilderness adventure is the personal growth and development that you will experience. If you are interested in a once-in-a-lifetime adventure camp, visit Wilderness Adventures today.

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Why It Is Critical To Expose Children To Nature

Often times, we take for granted all the nature and beauty that we have all around us, not taking the time to fully appreciate it. As a child, I remember how my parents felt about exploring nature and learning about new places. Because of them, I gained not only a new appreciation for what nature has to offer, but a love of hiking and camping. I also learned a lot about myself and made a real connection with others that enjoyed doing things that I enjoyed, like backpacking.

This is why it is critical to expose children to nature and the world around us. Children are most influential and are always looking for self-discovery and independence. By granting them the opportunity to experience an outdoor education, you can help to do more than teach about the things that the world us has to offer, but so much more.

Perhaps one of the most important values that outdoor learning has to offer is the personal development that one can experience. When challenged, an individual can experience a sense of accomplishment, self-value, and confidence. By developing these important qualities, a child is more willing to try and do new things.

Another added value that outdoor education can provide is the ability to create a more versatile learner. Since not every one is the same type of learner, it is important to offer different types of learning environments. This can also help children to develop the enjoyment of life-long learning.

Outdoor learning experiences have several other benefits. From developing a greater sense of responsibility, to learning to work as a team, there is incredible value to your child and their development.

Wilderness Adventures is a proud supporter of outdoor education, providing high quality educational outdoor learning adventures to teens for more than 30 years. Visit us to see how we can help your child develop an appreciation of what nature has to offer today!

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Why Community Service Is Important

At Wilderness Adventures, community service and involvement is extremely important to us. While we have specialized teen adventure camps designed around community service, all of our trips somehow incorporate community service. If you have not been able to attend one of our teen adventure camps, it does not mean that you too cannot participate in your community’s involvement.

The following reasons are why community service plays an important role in your life:

  • Community service can strengthen a community. From building homes and schools, to park cleanups, to mentoring and caring for children, by volunteering your time and efforts to your own community, you not help to better yourself, but your community as well.
  • Community service can help you to learn more about your community. You will not only be offered opportunities to learn how your community and government operate, but you will also become more knowledgeable in what you community needs in order to become more successful.
  • Community service can help you to develop a value of self worth. Helping others is a good way to help further develop your sense of belonging, self worth, and self-efficacy.
  • Community service is good for you. It has been scientifically proven that helping others can help to reduce your stress levels, as well as increase your mood levels, which in turn can strengthen your immunity and health.
  • Community service can help your community become one. By working as a community to reach a certain one goal, you are working as a team, uniting your community together as one.

Community service is a great way to give back and make a difference. Check into your local communities to see what you can do to help make a difference today!

Wilderness Adventures prides themselves on their dedication to providing once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to students around the world. If you are interested in one of our adventure camps, visit Wilderness Adventures today.

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Be Eco-Friendly In Your Travels

Travel, especially during the summer can be a fun and exciting time. Sadly, with this fun often comes the potential for our carbon footprint to be left behind. However, there are a few eco-friendly things we can do in our travels that can make a difference when it comes to the environment.

  1. Try public transportation. By traveling via trains or buses, you are reducing carbon emissions that are created from private transportation. However, the benefits do not stop there, especially since you will be taking the opportunity to not only experience the local people and culture, but also be helping to support those communities as well, which in turn can also enhance your travel experience.
  2. Take a sustainable trip. One great way to offset your carbon emissions is to choose an adventure that only utilizes sustainable transportation, accommodations, and activities. A good example of this would be backpacking and backcountry camping.
  3. Keep to the trail. When hiking or biking, it is critical that you stay on the designated, maintained, and proper trails. If you don’t, you are more likely taking the risk of harming endangered plants and wildlife, which in turn can harm the environment.
  4. Reduce water use. Simply by taking shorter showers, turning off the water while brushing your teeth and dishes, and using filtered water versus bottled water can all help you to conserve the Earth’s most precious commodity, water.
  5. Travel together. If your travels will require the use of carbon emissions, it is always a good idea to consider traveling with others. By traveling in small groups, your impact on the environment will be greatly reduced, versus traveling alone.

Wilderness Adventures prides themselves in using sustainable travel in all of our adventure programs. Contact us today to see how you can experience one of our low-impact and eco-friendly travel adventure programs.

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Tips For A Safe And Successful Camping Adventure

With the summer season, comes the perfect time to experience the great outdoors. And what better way to do so than camping! Wilderness Adventures wants you to have the time of your life by providing you with helpful tips to prepare you for your safe and successful camping adventure:

Be sure to have functional gear. Your camping gear will either make or break your camping trip. In order to have a great time, be sure to check your gear, ensuring it is not only functional for your camping needs, but it is also in working order. By setting up your tent, zipping and unzipping your sleeping bag, and checking your propane stove to ensure all are in working order, your chances of avoiding a camping mishap greatly decreases.

Plan for the weather beforehand. It critical to know the weather forecast before making your trip, helping you to better understand what type of gear you may need in order to be well prepared for those particular conditions. By ensuring your tent has a rainfly or by bringing bug spray, you will be better prepared for conditions, such as a summer storm.

Make a packing list. Making a list is not only helpful to you, helping you to know what to bring, but it as equally important to know what others may be bringing. This help to avoid any important gear from being left behind, as well as avoid over packing or doubling up on unnecessary or heavy items, especially when backpacking is involved.

Get to know your surroundings. Once you make the decision to set up camp, it is critical to know where you are and your surroundings. This will help to prevent mishaps such as unwanted visitors, such as wild animals, from entering your camp or surrounding yourselves by poisonous plants.

Do your research. Before heading out on your camping adventure, it is important to do your research, understanding if you need a permit to camp, if you need to pay a fee to camp, or if your campsite requires a reservation.

Wilderness Adventures is dedicated to providing a once-in-a-lifetime outdoor adventure to students all over the world. Visit us to explore the exciting places we will be visiting this year!

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Why You Should Take A Vacation

Summer is upon us, as is vacation season, and many families take this time to take a family vacation. Vacations have many benefits that many people do not recognize.

Here are just a few reasons why you may want to consider taking a much-needed vacation this summer:

  1. Reduce your stress. Often times, vacations are necessary in order to fully reenergize yourself, mentally and physically. With the stresses of life and work, by taking a timeout from deadlines and technology you can give your brain a break and enjoy the greater things in life, like your family.
  2. Enrich your relationships. Vacations are a good way to good way to strengthen family relationships. Not only will you make memories that will last a lifetime, but you will also be provided with the opportunities to learn new skills or gain a new interest.
  3. Help your health. Not only do vacations improve your health by reducing your stress, but they also provide you with all the free vitamin D your body could ever want. Vitamin D is an essential vitamin in supporting your immune and nervous systems, as well as maintaining healthy bones. By planning outdoor activities on your vacation such as hiking, biking, or swimming, you can help your health by ensuring your body is receiving its required dose of vitamin D.
  4. Enjoy once in a lifetime experiences. Vacations are the perfect way to experience things that you may never have the opportunity to experience again. Whether it be experiencing the Wonders of Grand Teton, or floating on the Snake River, there is an adventure out there waiting for you!

Wilderness Adventures is a worldwide leader in providing students with outdoor experiences they will never forget. Visit us to see how we can help plan your summer adventure today.

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The Three Things You Must Do This Summer

Summer is filled with so many opportunities, but they do not match the ones that we offer at Wilderness Adventures. Here are the three things you must do this summer:

  1. Connect with Nature.Our trips introduce our students to the most inspiring environments on the planet. Timeless chances to backpack through the country’s most amazing wilderness environments have been at the heart of our fantastic success for the past 41 years. Whether you’re sea kayaking the lagoons in Hawaii, day hiking through California’s most beautiful settings, or swim along with the sea turtles in the Galapagos, our trips will help you discover the fun and value of the natural world.
  2. Learn New Skills.Wilderness Ventures is all about experiencing great new landscapes while working as a group to accomplish obtainable and essential outdoor skills. From leading a group of your peers in a constructive and nurturing environment, to uncovering new strengths, you can gain self-reliance while developing a tremendous sense of accomplishment, all the whilelearning applicable, real-world skills.
  3. Build Lasting Friendships.The great people on each WV trip are perhaps the most fundamental ingredient of each magical summer adventure. Our thoughtfully constructed groups and carefully managed acceptance process ensure that you’ll be with a great group of young people your own age who share your excitement for discovering and having fun in an amazing setting. At the end of every summer, our students consistently list “each other” as the best part of their trip. No matter which adventure you choose, you’re certain to walk away with great friendships that will last a lifetime.

Wilderness Adventures strives to provide teens with fun, adventurous, and educational summer trips to unique places around the world. These once-in-a-lifetime opportunities do not come often, so start discovering how you can be a part of the adventure today!

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Packing Tips For Your Wilderness Adventure

With our summer adventure trips starting in just a couple weeks, we here at Wilderness Adventures wants you to be sure that you are well prepared. Here are some helpful packing tips to keep in mind when preparing for your wilderness adventure trip:

 

  • Use the Wilderness Adventure’s itemized packing lists. These will have a complete listing of the required items that you will need for your specific trip, as well as any recommendations for the core items you will need, such as footwear, clothing, and sleeping bags.
  • Use our rental program. Not only is this a more affordable option, rather than purchasing items at a higher cost, but this is also a convenient option. Some of the things we have available for rent include sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and backpacks.
  • Use the gear you already have. Check with your family and friends to see if they may have items you may borrow, instead of purchasing or renting them. This will not only save you money, but it is the prefect way to reuse and recycle them.
  • Give us a call! If you have any questions or concerns, please be sure to contact Wilderness Adventures directly. We can help provide any recommendations, refer you to the right retailer, or let you know what items we have for rent through our own rental program. Contact us at (800)533-2281 for help preparing for your Wilderness Adventure trip.

 

Wilderness Adventures is very excited to get a start on all the exciting 2015 adventures we have planned. Visit us to see what adventure trips we still have available or to prepare for your adventure trip.

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How Wilderness Adventures Makes A Difference In Their Travels

Wilderness Adventures understands the importance in reducing the carbon footprint we can leave behind when going on our adventure camp trips. On each and every one of our adventures, we promise to leave these special places exactly how we found them.

Here are some eco-friendly tips that we at Wilderness Adventures follow, and are also a great way for you to make a difference in your travels this summer too:

Use public transportation when possible. Public transportation options, such as the bus or train, can help to ensure that you are not creating any additional carbon emissions that are created from private transportation. Public transportation is also a good way to experience the local people and culture, in turn, enhancing your travel experience even more.

Use alternative means of transportation when possible. More rewarding experiences are available when traveling with alternative means of transportation. For example, backpacking through the Blue Ridge Mountains is far more enjoyable than driving your car through the mountains. By utilizing alternative means, such as bikes and walking, you are not only contributing the well being of the environment, but you are enhancing the experience of your travels as well.

Learn how to zero-impact camp. Camping is perhaps one of the most enjoyable activities to do in the great outdoors. However, it can also be very damaging. Ensure that you learn how to reduce your carbon footprint when camping, as well as practice it safely.

Travel in numbers. Let’s face it, sometimes your travels do require the use of carbon emissions. If this is the case, consider traveling with small groups, which will have less of an impact on the environment.

Stay on the trail. It is critical that you remember to stay on designated and maintained trails. While it may be an adventure to remember when going off trail, by doing so, you take the risk of harming endangered plants and wildlife.

Wilderness Adventures has set the standard when it comes to using sustainable travel and zero-impact camping on their adventure trips. Visit us to learn more about our adventure trips and how we support our local communities and economies through our low-impact travel.

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