emerging explorers

Begin Your Journey

Rooted in environmental education, this course increases students’ confidence in the outdoors and gives them space to develop their own unique sense of self.

Students learn the basics of hiking, camping, outdoor safety, and participate in adventure activities like horseback riding, white water rafting, and outdoor rock climbing. Other activities include wildlife identification, endangered species education, with daily reflections and journaling in environmental topics. 

Perfect for any student entering 7th or 8th grade year- this summer experience is filled with a sampling of outdoor activities perfect for any experience level. 

Any student who will be entering 7th or 8th grade in the Fall. No previous camping experience needed but most importantly all applicants should have a high desire to try new things and be open to challenge.  

We know not every student is the same. Exceptions may apply, just ask!

Before heading to Wyoming, we spend a night together so students can meet each other, their counselors and talk about their upcoming journey.

They’ll learn basic rules, create a group agreement and begin some outdoor skills. Attendance is required for new students unless approved beforehand. 

Emerging Explorers takes students to our cabin in Centennial, Wyoming. From there we are a short drive to the Medicine Bow Mountain range, and Fort Collins, Colorado where we raft!

The 8 days at camp go fast, each one filled with a new activity and lesson to learn. All the physical activities at camp are set at a beginner level with the options to go farther. All the hikes vary in distance and difficulty but in total we hike 15+ miles over the week. Including a 7 mile hike to the top of a mountain!

There’s plenty of relaxing time too, we’ll soak in a natural hot spring, journal, play games, craft, and enjoy evenings around a camp fire. 

Since most of our students attend different Junior High and High Schools, we love getting them back together after our trip to share stories, look at pictures, and remember all they accomplished as a group. 

Reunion activities may vary each year but are usually in September, specifics are listed in student application.

Emerging Explores is only the beginning of Go Beyond! We have quarterly local activities to continue outdoor skills learned at camp. Students who complete Emerging Explorers are invited back next summer for Advanced Adventures. They get to return to Wyoming, but go farther in the state, visit National Parks, and learn even more about themselves.

Program Outcomes

Personal Development

Personal Development

Develop a concept of Mindfulness, an awareness of social skills, healthy lifestyle and relationships, an awareness of inclusiveness, and a sense of self.

Community Engagement

Community Development

Students work as a group to travel, accomplish goals, prepare meals, and learn to value others opinions and needs in these situations. They also bring outdoor lessons back to their homes and schools to share information with others.

Environmental Awareness

Environmental Awareness

Students learn how to be environmental stewards and how their actions can impact their surroundings. They actively learn conservation practices, Leave No Trace ethics, our human impact, the interactive balance of ecosystems, and human interactions and effects related to the environment.

Challenge Seeking

Challenge Seeking

Students Go Beyond what they think they can accomplish and overcome fears associated with many challenging situations.

2020 Summer Dates

2020 Summer Dates

Activities

Rock Climbing

Spend a day in Sinks Canyon State Park climbing in the Wind River mountains. There are multiple routes for beginners with options to increase difficulty, and even an optional repel! Students less interested in climbing are still encouraged to try and then given the option to learn to belay and support their peers.

Hiking

If you can walk, you can hike! And at camp, we hike a lot. From 2miles to 7miles we hike in sagebrush, mountain, and meadows- building our strength and stamina every mile. Hikes teach resilience and provide special views of nature away from the side of the road.

Medicine Bow Peak

Our most difficult hike but also the greatest accomplishment! Students hike 7 miles and go to the top of the highest mountain in the Snowy Range at almost 14,000 feet elevation. We take our time and plenty of breaks to make sure everyone gets to the top together.

Campfire Cooking

Help prepare and cook your meals while camping over a fire! We'll make pasta, soup, ramen, and of always s'mores!

White Water

Experience a taste of white water as we raft down the Cache de la Poudre river in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Horse Riding

A true western tradition, we spend an afternoon on a ranch filled with cows, pigs, chickens and horses of course! Students ride in small groups over the open range learning to control the animal and trusting themselves.

Night Sky

No screens allowed at camp, but we have plenty of stars and sky to gaze at. See the Milky Way, plants, and constellations almost every night!

Journaling

We do a lot of physical activities at camp, but we set aside time each day to talk about how those accomplishments make us feel! Students all are given journals to dive deeper in their thoughts or document everything we do!

Wyoming Toad

A very small but special part of our Centennial cabin, is the reintroduction of the Wyoming Toad. Formerly thought to be extinct, this endangered species is protected in our back yard! Scientists teach the students about the importance of every living creature.

“Thank you so much for all your help and giving me the opportunity to go to camp. It was so much fun meeting new people.”

– ALEXIS 2016

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