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Theory of Change Part 2: The Design

“She is significantly more confident and better able to hear what others are saying and correctly interpret those words into something meaningful.” “He sees himself as a leader and looks for opportunities to lead….I think he thinks for himself more.” These parent comments are no accident. Our aim is to develop and build upon the…

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Theory of Change Part 1: The Foundation

This is a common reflection we hear at the Voyageur Outward Bound School. The alumnus goes on to explain a moment that had great impact and stuck with them 5, 10, or even more than 40 years later. Honestly though, they know the change didn’t happen in a moment. They know it happened in a…

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Rites of Passage

Young people have a tremendous amount of pressure to act like adults, be responsible, and be successful. In all this chaos, there is little time and energy for celebrating the rites of passage that were, at one time, more commonplace. Rites of passage can come in many forms; they can be pilgrimages, challenges, journeys, or…

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Learn to Succeed – One Wilderness Trip at a Time

I was not allowed to cook often at home because I made too much of a mess. So I learned to cook on trips in the wilderness. First pancakes and macaroni, now cinnamon rolls and smoked fish. Turns out the woods is the perfect place to make a mess. Whether I was traveling with friends,…