our program

Please also reach out to us anytime to get an application emailed or mailed to you! 

Nate Johnson – nathan@gobeyondne.org or 402-350-7270

Go Beyond’s Leadership Through Nature programs provide life-changing opportunities to 12-15 year-old’s from across our community by building connections to our own local outdoors throughout the school year, and taking on the trip of a lifetime each summer: a road-trip expedition to mountain summits, whitewater rafting, rock-climbing, and backpacking in the Rockies.

An inclusive group of new peers, our campers come from across all demographics and neighborhoods through partner agency nominations and an open application. Together with our staff, professional-level counselors (teachers, youth-service agency professionals, etc.) and volunteers, we connect to each other as 12-camper cohorts and as a larger past, present, and future Go Beyond community. We connect locally to nature (hiking and camping at Fontenelle Forest, paddling the Platte River) and to outdoor adventure (rock-climbing Northstar and UNO). We connect to access by creating nature-based opportunities for all families and communities. We connect to science, working with agencies to save an endangered species at our Centennial Ranch, and facing climate change’s acute impact with the rest of the Rocky Mountain region. And we connect to opportunities to grow into future Go Beyond leaders through our Natural Leader junior counselor progression.

All programs are open to everyone cost-free.

 

Taking on such as extraordinary adventure together, relying on each other and communicating, finding self-discovery and courage, and knowing the freedom to be authentic with a new group of peers can change our lives forever. Through connections to nature we now have the life-long benefits known by both science and art. And we become a community to support the new campers each year, and next, and beyond.

Growing our impact through experience, expertise, community interest and vision, our offers truly world-class opportunities to our campers. Our pivotal experience, the Wyoming summer-camp trip, is an 8-14 day expedition for 12 campers, 2 junior counselors, 4 counselor staff, and support volunteers. Our regional and guiding expertise means our time in the field includes the best destinations and experiences on the planet. Our 2 base-camps, the Centennial Ranch and Alpine Mountain Camp, donated in the 1970’s and 80’s and set in breathtaking spaces, have singular access to the Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, and Rock Mountain National Parks, the Wind River Range, and much more.

Our trip leadership teams prioritize youth-service experience, authenticity, and compassion. We provide all needs and costs for everyone involved in Go Beyond and can arrange to outfit a camper who would benefit from that – we want NO barrier between anyone and these opportunities to Go Beyond!

GO BEYOND PROGRAMS

In 2021 our Programs are being reviewed at every level to ensure we are providing a world-class extraordinary summer-camp experience to every camper! Check back in early 2022 for further updates! 

EXPLORERS

EXPLORERS

Perfect for any student entering 7th or 8th grade year- this summer experience is filled with outdoor adventures like hiking, mountain climbing, camping, horse back riding, rafting and more!
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NATURAL LEADERS

NATURAL LEADERS

Continue your journey as a junior counselor in our Natural Leader program. Assist with planning, lead games, and continue to develop your outdoor skills.
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ADVENTURERS

ADVENTURERS

Expand your horizons and build outdoor skills by hiking to the remote backcountry of Wyoming, visit Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, rock climb in the prestigious Wind River Mountain range, and raft down the Snake River.
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AND BEYOND

AND BEYOND

Because we're always looking for ways to get our students outdoors, we've expanded our summer programming to include seasonal activities closer to home.
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WHERE WE GO!

ACCESS TO ADVENTURE!

Our Go Beyond Camps are extraordinary for their access to adventure in the heart of the American Mountain West! Check back here often for more!

**More videos of our locations will be added as we create them! Check back for more soon! –  Ian, Fall 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

Youth ages 12-15 may apply. Older students may not qualify for all our programs, but we try to accommodate interested students as able. Space is limited and we try to keep our group ages close.

We currently are focused on the Omaha, Council Bluffs, and surrounding areas but do make exceptions!

We think there is something for everyone at our camps. However, the most important thing is that the student wants to go. Camping may be difficult or uncomfortable at times but in order to get the most out of the experience, students should be excited for these challenges and not feel forced to attend by a parent. 

We sleep in cabins with bunk beds and plumbing as well as tents for primitive outdoor sleeping and we offer opportunities for sleeping under the stars without a tent! 

Our summer experiences are 8-12 students of the same gender identity with 3-4 staff adults.

We may meet scientists from USFW or the rancher we partner with at our Centennial Ranch. Awesome volunteers may help cook at Alpine. And many of our activities are with professional guides and companies.

We think you’ll love exploring the outdoors with us, but it’s natural to miss home. Due to our primitive locations and traveling we cannot transport students home once we are at camp except in the case of an emergency. 

If students need to be removed due to a discipline situation, the cost of travel will paid by their family. 

That’s right! We want our students to engage in nature, each other, and their surroundings. Staff have phones for emergencies (and pictures of course). We post to social media while at camp when we can so parents can follow the adventure and still feel connected.

We notify parents when we arrive in Wyoming, and can offer a half-way-through call back home. Otherwise there is limited communication due to our schedule and service available. 

We drive! Depending on the camp we take one or two 12 passenger vans with our gear and hit the road. 

We want our students to experience new things, and part of that is travel. The mountains, rivers, wildlife, and geography they discover is nothing like they’ve seen at home. Over the summer, our programs travel to Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana! 

Full packing lists will be provided at the parent information meeting. But most of what you’ll bring are things you already have. You can hike in a sturdy pair of gym shoes (that you don’t mind getting muddy), and you’ll dress in layers to stay warm at night but cool during the day. 

All specialty outdoor gear will be provided and we have sleeping bags available to borrow if needed. 

If gear, clothing, shoes, etc., are needed – please let us know! We want the outdoors to be for EVERYONE!

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