What to Expect

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Finding the Perfect Adventure

From our day camps in Jackson Hole, WY and Missoula, MT, to our overnight programs (for 4th-12th+ graders) around the globe, to our Leadership Institute programs (for students 18+), our team is here to help you sort through the details and find the perfect program for your child!

Using our online trip search feature is a great place to start. We also welcome you to give our office a call at 307-733-2122 or schedule a one-on-one meeting with a member of our team – we’d love to hear more about your child! 

Wilderness Adventures students don’t need any previous experience to excel in our programs. A desire to try new things, make new friends, and see some of the most beautiful places on earth are all you need to be successful at WA, and our Trip Leaders will teach you the rest!


Signing Up

Once you are ready to sign up for your adventure, simply complete our online application. Our system will create an account for your family where you will be able to track all payments and necessary paperwork for your adventure. Each application requires a deposit to hold your students’ spot. Please be sure to review our Terms and Conditions before submitting your application.


Then What?

After completing the online application, you will receive an email confirmation from our Leadership Team with next steps to complete the enrollment process. This process includes a reference check (for students new to WA) and several forms to be completed by a parent or guardian. Once all paperwork has been submitted and reviewed, you will be notified of official enrollment at WA!

Once this paperwork is out of the way, things get a bit more fun! You will receive a day-by-day itinerary for the program, a pack list for your trip, and more information about travel. The Regional Coordinator of your student’s program will reach out to help you with all your summer preparations! Read more about our Leadership Team here.



During the Program

WA groups are small and mighty! Typically made up of 6-13 students with 2 Trip Leaders, we believe that traveling in tight-knit communities like this make for extremely valuable, memorable, and hands-on experiences. You will be traveling with this small cohort of peers and will be amazed at how quickly bonds are formed!

WA is electronics-free, so once your student joins the group, they will no longer have access to their phone. Read more on disconnecting here! Trip Leaders hold all electronics throughout the program for safekeeping. You will receive a phone call from the airport when your student has joined the group.

Throughout your student’s program, photo updates will be provided to families! More details about these updates will be provided before your trip begins, but generally our Trip Leaders post photos to share with families once a week. These photos are a glimpse into life on the program but are kept to a minimum in order to provide the students and Trip Leaders the opportunity to enjoy the experience without the distraction of posting online.



After a grand adventure, it will be time for your student to head home! After tear-filled goodbyes, high fives, and final photos the group will head to the airport. Trip Leaders will help students proceed through security and ensure that they have plenty of time to navigate to their gate before their flight boards. Phones will also be redistributed so students have plenty of time to charge them before flying.

Our Trip Leaders will wait at the airport until all students’ flights have taken off (wheels up) to ensure that no one gets stuck with a delayed or canceled flight.


Post Trip

We want to learn more about your experience and make improvements every year, so your feedback is essential! We will be in touch with a brief survey at the end of summer. You will also receive an email with a digital photo album of all the photos that the Trip Leaders took on the program! When your student returns home, we hope they continue to seek out adventure and new opportunities. It is our hope that WA serves as a launch pad for their next adventures, wherever that may be!


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Ready to start your Wilderness Adventure?