Adventure Education is all about growing as a person. More specifically, it’s about the kind of person it helps you become. Mindset is defined as “the established set of attitudes held by someone.” The most basic goal is to build positive attitudes when faced with challenges. Adventure Education encourages self-reliance overall.
Adventure Education helps students learn how to work together, support each other, and solve problems. The natural world becomes the classroom, offering rich opportunities for hands-on, authentic learning. Through diverse and dynamic outdoor experiences, Adventure Education fosters student engagement, empowerment, empathy, and respect for self, others, and the environment.
Not only does Adventure Education help to build a sense of crew at our school and beyond, it also honors different kinds of intelligences and interests. Schools are now recognizing the importance of teaching the “whole child,” which means that students engage in more than academic learning. Adventure Ed. is a natural avenue for students to access 21st century skills such as creativity, communication, problem solving, global awareness, civic responsibility, systems thinking, health/wellness, and resiliency.
Students benefit from Adventure Education through empowerment, collaboration, building trust and empathy, mindfulness, and acquiring the essential skills for safe and sustainable utilization of the outdoors. Another important goal of Adventure Ed. is to cultivate an understanding of environmental systems and gain perspective about our human impact on the planet.
When and where do voyages take place? What forms are required?
Gear List is subject to change depending on the needs of specific voyages (location, season).
Colorado weather is unpredictable and sometimes severe. It is best to be prepared in terms of survival gear, while also being picky with extra items in order to minimize pack weight. Voyages always include a gear check prior to leaving. Some gear may be available to borrow. If any gear is needed, requests should be made before gear check.
Click here for the complete list of gear that students are required to have, as well as gear that RSS will provide.
The voyage experiences are meant to build from year to year, so that a sixth grader learns basic skills, while a seventh grader would take more ownership by exploring youth leadership and more advanced mountaineering. By eighth grade, students would be given more responsibilities to plan the voyages.
High school students would have much of the planning responsibilities for their own voyages, but with more freedom to choose destinations and programming. High school trips will start to focus out of state and internationally in the coming years.
Further goals include offering multiple voyages each year, with some focusing on adventure and others that are driven by content.
Campsite selection and organization
Shelters: tents, tarps, and bushcraft
Cooking and stove safety; clean up; water purification
Bear bags and knots
Leave No Trace
Weather and Environmental preparation (examples: sun, rain, cold/hot temps, storms, flora/fauna, elevation, blow-downs, etc.)
Nutrition and Hydration
Endurance and travel mechanics
Personal Safety and Basic Medical
Practices Leave No Trace principles; promotes stewardship of group gear and the environment
Good risk assessment and decision-making; time management and organization; preparedness
Fulfills personal responsibilities and needs; maintains good hygiene and safety management
Employs growth mindset; works to improve awareness and self-control; strives to uplift others
Knows the value of physical fitness and works toward improvement goals
Incorporates empathy and respect into relationships; collaborates on group goals; shows effort
Communication is clear and effective, respectful and rational, timely and thoughtful