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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,…

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Why Teachers Recommend Outward Bound

This year, I have discovered math is still the most dreaded subject among middle school students. I have shifted gears after a successful summer and have been working in the world of classroom education teaching math and science. I have found that it is both remarkably similar, and vastly different, from the outdoor education at…

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Changing the Lives of Troubled Teens, One Trip at a Time

It has been raining. It looks like it will probably rain again soon. The sky is a textured, pocked surface, and thunder is beginning to rumble threateningly in the distance. We have just left our lunch spot and are trying to paddle some significant miles before our day is over. The weather has other plans…