Go Beyond is a world-class Leadership Through Nature program that helps fortify teens through extraordinary outdoor experiences and the summer-camp trip of a lifetime with an inclusive group of campers from across our Omaha community!
Together with experienced and supportive counselors, we provide extraordinary mountain adventures in Wyoming, Colorado and Idaho and are open to anyone at no cost. Relying on each other and communicating, finding self-discovery and courage, and knowing the freedom to be authentic with a new group of peers – again and again our campers tell us that this trip changed their lives!
Through our Centennial Ranch and Alpine Mountain Camp we bring our campers whitewater rafting, rock-climbing, horseback riding, backcountry camping, and hiking to mountain peaks. We volunteer in Yellowstone and are part of a national project to save an endangered species, and we learn about our place in the incredible natural world around us.
Back home in Omaha, we build our relationships with each other and our community through our local opportunities. And if they choose, our campers can then build job and leadership skills by becoming junior counselors, lead counselors and beyond!
Our vision is building and mentoring confident youth through nature and a connection to others.
All participants must apply. Once admitted, all Go Beyond programs are delivered free of charge. Our program is open to youth entering 7th grade or older. Older participants may be placed in advanced programing based on their experience and interest. Go Beyond does not discriminate based on race, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, economic status, or anything else. The great outdoors is for everyone!
MEET OUR 2021 CAMP STAFF!
We are tremendously proud of our camp team this year! Our Directors and Counselors are here to help each camper have the very best trip possible! Experts in outdoors and adventuring, in working with young people and education - our world-class team will be there with you every step of the way! (Soon look for an update with our Junior Counselors and Volunteers!)
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!
**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!