Adventure Travel Tour

Adventure Travel Tour

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9809 River Road, Wilmington, North Carolina 28412, USA

The National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education (NCOAE) is the values-based outdoor adventure and education provider for teens and adults interested in personal growth and professional development. By teaching a core curriculum that emphasis teamwork, environmental stewardship and the acquisition of technical skills, we help people improve their self-confidence and interpersonal relationships.

Here at The National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education, we plan and facilitate professionally guided outdoor adventure and education experiences that foster teamwork, environmental stewardship, and the acquisition of technical skills.

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Alaska Teen Adventure 

About This Course

After three full weeks in the Great White North, teens on this Alaskan adventure will be able to say they truly had a challenging wilderness experience. Activities include backpacking, climbing, whitewater rafting, sea kayaking and hiking over glaciers — all in the company of participants your age who share a desire to see more, learn more and experience more.

You will explore Chugach National Forest and State Park, the historic Iditarod supply route, mining ruins and wildlife at every turn. You’ll hike alongside an alpine lake near Crows Pass and experience panoramic views of peaks and glaciers. And you’ll visit the Eagle River Nature Center, getting an up-close and personal look at moose, mountain goats and sheep.

Course Highlights

  • Sea-kayaking in Prince William Sound
  • Ice climbing on a glacier (or just hike around on the blue ice)
  • Treking in high and wild alpine areas
  • Discover and identify dozens of varieties of wildlife in the wilderness
  • Learn to work well with others as you build a camp, cook a meal outdoors, explore the Alaskan wilderness and become a responsible steward of the environment.

Where You’ll Be & What You’ll See

They call Alaska the Land of the Midnight Sun, where the days are long and the sunsets seem just as long. Situated in the Chugach Mountains, which sweep along the Alaskan coast south of Anchorage, you’ll see signs that this is indeed glacier country.

Hints are everywhere: Hard-packed ice and snow high on a pass, or a steep valley with a floor filled with loose gravel. Further down the mountains are valleys choked with tall trees and thick brush, with streams, meadows and wildlife at every turn.

After meeting your group at the airport in Anchorage, you will travel together to the Chugach Mountains just north of Seward. After some thorough instruction in backpacking, you’re off — traveling on and off the trail, over alpine terrain and thick brush. We don’t ease you into this program — because 21 days isn’t long enough to learn everything there is to know about the wilderness.

This course will teach you Leave No Trace camping and travel skills, outdoor cooking techniques, basic first-aid, map and compass use, route finding — and safe ice axe use if necessary. Once again, our instructors won’t coddle you, but they will teach you what you need to know to be successful in the outdoors.

You will carry your backpack up into the alpine and attempt to summit a peak. And as the course progresses and your skills and experience increase, your NCOAE instructors will turn more and more responsibility over to you and your crew.

Eventually, you’ll be doing the decision-making on navigation, route finding, distance to be covered, sharing of duties, campsite setup/cleanup, and meal selection. This is where you make the course your own. By determining each day’s challenges, setting a pace that is appropriate for your crew, becoming each other’s friends and confidantes, you will become wilderness savvy — and find yourself having the time of your life.

Did we mention whitewater rafting? Of course we did. The river section of this three-week trek combines the exciting rapids of the Lion Head run with a seldom-traveled segment of the Matanuska River near Anchorage. Then some river touring from the Matanuska Glacier to Chickaloon.

The trip starts with a run through the rapids, and ends with a mellow float along the scenic segment below the glacier and the magnificent peaks of the Chugach Range. And you’ll have plenty of opportunity to explore several side drainages to look for wildlife along the shores.

Following that, you’ll kayak in Kenai Lake and Prince William Sound, and explore the glacier tidewaters from Kenai Lake.

Itinerary

  • Days 1-8: Backpacking in Chugach National Forest Chugach State Park (with river crossings)
  • Days 9-11: Whitewater Rafting Matanusak River
  • Days 12-15: Sea Kayaking in Prince William Sound
  • Days 16-18: Canoeing Kenai Lake, and Glacier Hiking
  • Three layover days

Course Outcomes

By the end of this three-week adventure course, you will have explored areas of Alaska that many of the locals haven’t even seen. You will have acquired wilderness skills that can serve you well the rest of your life, including basic camp skills like collecting firewood, cooking outdoors, building structures, bear safety and etiquette, and leaving your campsite more pristine than you found it. You will learn hiking, climbing, backpacking skills, as well as how to maneuver a raft and kayak.

And you’ll leave with a better understanding of yourself. Almost like osmosis, things like working with others, leadership, sharing, responsibility, stewardship and civic responsibility will become second nature. In other words, you’re going to walk away from this experience with a little more experience, a little more knowledge and a maturity that your parents and friends may not have seen before.

Course At-A-Glance

Who’s This For? Grades 10-12

Location: Alaska USA

Start: July 14, 2014

Finish: July 30, 2014

Length: 21 days

Tuition: $4395

ENROLL EARLY & SAVE $200

Why Select This Course?

  • The opportunity to explore remote wilderness in the Great Whit North
  • Develop lasting friendship, proud moments and unforgettable memories
  • NCOAE instructors teach outdoor, life and educational lessons in order to cultivate dynamic lifelong learning.
  • Develop your leadership skills, decision-making, team work and embrace your civic and environmental responsibility

Travel Arrangements

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California Teen Adventure 

About This Course

This co-ed course is targeted for youngsters in Grades 8 and 9 who are new to the outdoors and ready to take on some physically and mentally challenging tasks in wilderness. Here at NCOAE, we are fairly certain that by the end of your two-and-a-half week adventure, you will possess outdoor skills that will last you a lifetime — the type of stuff that you can pass on to your children and grandchildren. Because, just like riding a bike, these skill sets become muscle memory.

Course Highlights

  • Backpacking
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Kayaking
  • Surfing

Where You’ll Be & What You’ll See

We’ll start things off by setting up camp in the Klamath National Forest, then its four days of rafting the Lower Klamath, which flows — mostly gently — from the Iron Gate Dam all the way to the Pacific ocean. Our downstream trip begins in the town of Happy Camp and ends at Green Riffle just above Ishi Pishi Falls. It’s a beginner run for overnight trips, so you’ll enjoy most of the float without a major adrenaline rush.

Midway, we’ll backpack and camp in the beautiful national forest and wilderness areas, with rivers fed by the melting snows of scenic Mt. Shasta. Then we’ll spend the final four days at Shelter Cove, a black sand beach with offshore reefs that create long crisp lines of consistent surf. And surf we will, with lessons for newcomers to this sport of kings.

Itinerary

  • Days 1-3: Introduction to basic camp craft, day hiking and getting to know each other
  • Days 4-8: Rafting the Klamath River
  • Days 9-12: Mastery of basic camp craft and backpacking skills in the Klamath National Forest and Marble Wilderness
  • Days 13-16: Beach camping and surfing at Shelter Cove
  • Day 17: Depart (San Francisco Airport)

Course Outcomes

By Day 17 of this forest, wilderness and beachfront trek, you’ll have a complete mastery of basic camp craft skills, backpacking, climbing, rafting and surfing. But even more subtle will be the education you’ll have received in leadership, decision-making, working with others, communication, and being a good steward to the environment.

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Course At-A-Glance

Who’s This For? Grades 8-9

Location: California USA

Start: June 16, 2014

Finish: July 2, 2014

Length: 17 days

Tuition: $3495

ENROLL EARLY & SAVE $200

Why Select This Course?

  • Learn how to work well in a team setting.
  • Lean how to preserve the environment through a Leave No Trace (LNT) awareness workshop.
  • Learn leadership skills and communication techniques to last a lifetime.

Travel Arrangements

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California Teen Adventure Grades 10 – 12

About This Course

Among the most beautiful sights in northern California is Mt. Shasta, a dormant volcano topping off at 14,179 feet, whose clear, clean waters prompted a soft drink company in the 1950s to introduce its products with the phrase “It hasta be Shasta.” This 22-day course will have participants scrambling all over the Klamath National Forest, backpacking, rafting and eventually spending several days learning how to surf or improving ocean skills on the beach at Shelter Cove.

Course Highlights

Skills you will master include:

  • Learn safety precautions for backcountry foot travel
  • How to find campsites
  • How to navigate terrain
  • Map and compass reading
  • Basic water safety and rescue techniques
  • How to work with your paddling partner to successfully negotiate class II and III rapids
  • Flat-water and whitewater paddling strokes and maneuvers
  • Opportunities to learn river ecology
  • Wave dynamics, marine ecology, how to read waves, swell types, wind direction.

Where You’ll Be & What You’ll See

California: Marble WIlderness and Klamath River Topographic Map

From Mt. Shasta with its five glaciers flowing down the Sacramento Valley to San Francisco Bay, to Mt. Eddy to the west, with its alpine lakes and tumbling streams, there’s plenty to explore.

You’ll raft the Lower Klamath River, which flows from the Iron Gate Dam all the way to the ocean. This is a fun beginner run and takes us near our final destination — Shelter Cove. Our final camping site is a black sand beach with offshore reefs just north of the town of Shelter Cove. Black Sand Beach is a picturesque and relaxing beach.

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Travel to Mt. Shasta
  • Days 2-6: Introduction to basic camp craft, backpacking and climbing
  • Days 7-11: Rafting the Klamath River
  • Days 12-17: Learn the basics of camp craft and backpacking skills in the Klamath National Forest and Marble Wilderness
  • Days 18-21: Beach camping and surfing at Shelter Cove
  • Day 22: Depart (San Francisco Airport)

Course Outcomes

By the end of your three-week journey, you will possess a mastery of basic camp craft skills, knowledge and understanding of technical skills as they relate to backpacking, climbing, rafting, surfing. In addition, you will have enhanced leadership skills, decision-making abilities, and experience working in a team setting. And, of course, you will appreciate and begin to protect the environment.

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Course At-A-Glance

Who’s This For? Grades 10-12

Location: California USA

Start: July 14, 2014

Finish: August 4, 2014

Length: 22 days

Tuition: $4195

ENROLL EARLY & SAVE $200

Why Select This Course?

  • Because you’ll be camping, backpacking and climbing.
  • You’ll learn the value of civic and environmental responsibility.
  • Mt. Shasta will leave you with proud moments and lasting memories.

Travel Arrangements

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Colorado Teen Adventure Grades 10 – 12

About This Course

This adventure, which was custom developed for teen-agers, is much more than just a two-week trek into the Rocky Mountains. For certain, you’ll be backpacking in an alpine setting, surrounded by some of the nation’s most pristine woods, canyons and peaks.

But what we intend for you to acquire — more so than map and compass skills or the best technique for building a campfire — is responsibility and resiliency.

And to do that, we’re going to show you a skill, watch you practice and perfect that skill, and then when you have no more questions, we’re going to turn the responsibility of performing that new-found talent over to you. You own it. Maybe it’s leading a group of peers from Point A to Point B. Or maybe it’s directing a crew in the preparation of a meal for everybody.

Whatever else you learn and experience on this Rocky Mountain backpacking and rock-climbing adventure, you’re going to learn to trust yourself. And that’s called self-confidence.

Course Highlights

  • Advanced camping and travel skills
  • Outdoor cooking techniques
  • Map and compass use and route finding
  • You will attempt a peak ascent, using an ice axe if necessary
  • You will take on more responsibility as you develop new skills on the mountain

Where You’ll Be & What You’ll See

Colorado Arkansas River Area Topographic Map

Colorado Arkansas River Area

(Credit: U.S. Geological Survey)

Much of the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area remains as it was centuries ago. The present day wilderness contains about 170 miles of trails, which meander along territories that range from the 7,400-foot elevation along Mad Creek on the west side of the divide, to a maximum of 12,180 feet atop Mount Zirkel.

And all along this trail system are a variety of ecosystems, determined mostly by the elevations at which they are found. At low elevations, lodgepole pines can be found, along with aspen groves and sagebrush meadows.

As the trails ascend the mountains, forests of Englemann spruce and subalpine fir dominate above the 9,000-foot level. These mountain forests may contain scattered subalpine meadows or parks. The treeline in the area is at about 10,400 feet, and above this elevation is where the alpine tundra dominates.

Itinerary

  • Days 1 – 5: Introductions, planning, prep, pack, base camp setup, introduction to basic camp craft and rock climbing
  • Days 6 – 15: Rocky Mountain backpacking, solo, Leave No Trace training, first aid instruction, NCOAE educational groups and process group meetings
  • Day 16: Closing circle, depart

Course Outcomes

You will have a new sense of self after completing this wilderness adventure. Why? Because we’re going to task you with making decisions. You’ll be responsible for navigation, route finding, calculating the distance to be covered — determining each day’s challenges. You’ll be sharing duties and participating in campsite setup and Leave No Trace camp cleanup.

This two-week trek offers you the opportunity to own your experience. And that means sharing your adventures with your course mates, becoming each other’s friends and confidants. We promise you’ll look back at this mountain experience and declare it one of the highlights of your life.

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Course At-A-Glance

Who’s This For? Grades 10-12, physically fit co-eds

Location: North Carolina USA

Start: July 21, 2014

Finish: August 5, 2014

Length: 16 days

Tuition: $2995

ENROLL EARLY & SAVE $200

Why Select This Course?

  • One emphasis of this course is to teach and put into practice smart and efficient backpacking and alpine travel techniques.
  • During the course, you can expect to travel on and off trail, over wooded and alpine terrain that can be rough, steep and exposed to heights.
  • As with all NCOAE courses, this one puts the emphasis on all elements of our core curriculum, including teamwork, decision-making, leadership, communication, environmental and civic responsibility and risk management.
  • Receive training in the principles of Leave No Trace (LNT), and master basic camp craft.

Travel Arrangements

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Hawaii Teen Adventure Grades 10 – 12

About This Course

This is a “Mountain to the Sea” course, and the first week we’ll concentrate on the ocean. A highlight for many of this course’s participants will be the first time they paddle out to the surf line in walk-in-warm water, turn around and catch a gentle wave toward shore.

It’s a major highlight for visitors to this tropical paradise — along with the smell of blooming Plumeria and the taste of mangoes and guava plucked fresh from the tree. But this course offers so much more.

After a week of surfing, stand-up paddle boarding — on both sides of Maui — we’ll head to the Haleakala volcano crater for some serious backpacking, then some day hikes in a bamboo forest at the north end of the island.

Course Highlights

  • Board surfing, body surfing, stand-up paddle boarding
  • Zip-lining through Maui’s jungle treetops
  • Backpacking in several tropical areas of the island
  • River stomping

Where You’ll Be & What You’ll See

Hawaii Maui Topographic Map

This Maui adventure leaves nothing out.

You’ll start out at this island’s many famous beaches, learn the rudiments of surfing (Big tip here: Jump to your feet once you catch the wave — don’t slowly clamber to an upright position).

You and your new friends will explore the island’s mountain areas — seldom seen by most visitors — and participate in hikes from cabin to cabin at 10,000 feet above sea level.

You’ll swim under 300-foot-tall waterfalls, tour the jungle’s tree tops by zip line, and tour the dormant volcano at Haleakala State Park, offering breathtaking views of the sunrise and the island and ocean below.

Itinerary

  • Days 1 – 4: Maui Land Trust-Waihe’e Coastal Dunes & Wetlands Refuge) in central Maui
  • Days 4 – 8: Camp Olowalu outside of Lahaina on the west side of Maui
  • Days 8 – 11: Haleakala State Park
  • Days 11 – 13: Wai’anapapa State Park- on the north shore near Hana
  • Day 13: Maui Land Trust in central Maui
  • Day 14: Depart

Course Outcomes

With this tropical course, NCOAE brings its participants the ultimate combination of explorations in paradise and deep within themselves. The steep green Maui Mountains make for an incredible classroom for our life skills and outdoor education curriculum.

And while fun in the sun is certainly a huge portion of this course, we feel a responsibility to ensure that a successful transfer of learning occurs along the way.

That’s why we have you keep an active journal that becomes a work of art by the end of the course. The journal is essential for you and your course mates to process and reflect on what’s being learned — both on the trail, at the beach, or during our daytime and evening group activities.

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Course At-A-Glance

Who’s This For? Grades 10-12

Location: Hawaii USA

Start: August 1, 2014

Finish: August 14, 2014

Length: 14 days

Tuition: $3895

ENROLL EARLY & SAVE $200

Why Select This Course?

  • An opportunity to improve your awareness of self, your decision-making abilities and build self-esteem
  • Perfect waves, amazing sun-sets and enjoy “Island time”
  • You’ll learn the importance of civic responsibility and environmental stewardship — which is practically a science in Hawaii.

Travel Arrangements

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Montana Teen Adventures Grades 10 – 12 

About This Course

First off, you should know that the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area is the fifth largest wilderness area — and one of the most remote — located within the lower 48, so it would behoove you to get some practice hikes in beforehand.

How remote is this western Montana wilderness you ask? To start with, there are no roads, and the only permanent structures in this million-acre wilderness are some old ranger stations and a few horse bridges. No 7-Elevens here.

All of this only emphasizes the absolute necessity for teamwork, which is part of the core curriculum of this 19-day adventure. This environment can only encourage you to hone your people skills, your ability to communicate with others and the development of teamwork.

Course Highlights

  • You’ll enjoy backpacking, whitewater rafting, fly-fishing and traveling on Class 3 terrain.
  • The teamwork required to perform successfully on this rigorous course will help you develop an improved confidence level in yourself and in your interpersonal relationships.
  • When you walk out of this wilderness experience, you will have acquired skills ranging from basic camp craft, tarp setup, stove use, map and compass reading, wilderness navigation and the proper way to address a bear on the trail.

Where You’ll Be & What You’ll See

Montana: Chinese Wall Topographic Map

Like we said, the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area is No. 5 in size when it comes to open wilderness in the continental United States. And it is surprisingly heterogeneous in its terrain.

Our exploration of “The Bob” includes a loop out of Holland Lake, which along with Necklace Lakes and Pendant Lake, feature beautiful alpine waters that offer spectacular camping sites, plenty of “hot spots” for fishing, and views that go on forever.

Depending on the weather, we might do a loop down to the south fork of the Flathead, then parallel Burnt Creek to Big Salmon Creek. Or we might start out at Monture Creek at the south end of The Bob, heading up over Falls Creek and Camp Pass, and then down Canyon Creek to the dry fork of the Blackfoot.

From there, we’ll traverse a pass and make our way into the upper Danaher Valley, then over Limestone Pass and down into Monture Creek and back to the trailhead. Spectacular hiking, and you get to spend a bit of time in valleys, forests, and alpine areas — all in quick succession.

And while we’re at it, we’ll be looking for local residents, including elk, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, black bears, wolverines, mountain lions and lynx.

Itinerary

  • Days 1-2: Set up base camp, participate in introductions, attend a planning session, pack, prepare.
  • Days 3-8: Raft the Flathead River.
  • Day 9: Resupply, plan, pack, prepare for more wilderness.
  • Days 10-18: Backpacking in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area and fly-fishing the area’s alpine lakes. Adopt and embrace the concept of Leave No Trace (LNT) camping.
  • Day 19: Closing circle and depart.

Course Outcomes

The Bob Marshall Wilderness Area is both physically and mentally demanding, requiring the skills you currently possess and those you will learn along the trail. Among those – and key factors of the NCOAE curricula – are improved self-confidence, teamwork, leadership, communication and decision-making, as well as environmental and civic responsibility.

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Course At-A-Glance

Who’s This For? Grades 10-12

Location: Montana USA

Start: July 22, 2014

Finish: August 9, 2014

Length: 19 days

Tuition: $3795

ENROLL EARLY & SAVE $200

Why Select This Course?

  • You’ll better understand the word “remote” after completing this course.
  • “Pristine” will take on new meaning as well, with beautiful alpine lakes, alpine passes, green forests and unexplored valleys everywhere you look.
  • And you’ll be certified in first aid and have mastered Leave No Trace (LNT) skills.

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Travel Arrangements

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North Carolina Teen Adventures Grades 8 – 9

About This Course

A major key to the success of any wilderness experience is preparation, because you can’t head out into the woods for a multi-day adventure with just a spring in your step and earbuds blasting your favorite tunes. Here, we teach you how to properly pack everything you need in a backpack — and not one item more.

You’ll learn how to cook a stunning backcountry dinner and then depart your campsite without leaving the slightest hint that you were ever there. Tasks like knot tying, rappelling and belaying will become second hand as you train in these skill sets over several days of progressively challenging climbs.

And over the course of the adventure, you’ll find yourself excelling at map and compass reading, finding and setting up the perfect camping site, and navigating a variety of terrains without getting lost.

And then you’ll ask yourself: “When the heck did I acquire all those skills?”

Course Highlights

  • Rock climbing, backpacking, whitewater rafting, swimming, surfing.
  • American Heart Association certification in First Aid and CPR.
  • Acquire a mastery of basic outdoor skills, fitness, trust, confidence, tenacity, initiative and compassion.
  • Leave No Trace (LNT) training.
  • Learn basic camp craft skills, ocean safety and risk management, maybe climb up on a surfboard for the first time, know where you are at all times in the woods, and become comfortable with yourself — even when miles away from the nearest Starbucks.

Where You’ll Be & What You’ll See

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You and your new friends will traverse the 30-mile Art Loeb Trail within the pristine Pisgah National Forest in western North Carolina.

This wilderness area is a haven of dense forested hills, cool mountain streams and unique peaks that include Black Balsam Knob (6,214 feet). And yes, we will summit Black Balsam and the climb will be worth it, presenting us with views up to 70 miles away.

We’ll also traverse the landmark Tennent (6,040 feet) and Pilot (5,095 feet) mountains before leaving the land-based section of our course to enter the cool and crisp waters of the river and sea.

Finally, we’ll spend the back end of the trip on North Carolina’s beautiful white sand beaches, learning how to surf and paddleboard the barrier islands of coastal North Carolina.

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Earn your CPR/First Aid certification
  • Day 2: Attend Leave No Trace awareness workshop
  • Day 3: Plan, pack and prepare for the wilderness
  • Days 4-7: Climb Cedar Rock, Stone Depot, Lower West Rights, Main Wall
  • Days 8-10: Backpacking the Art Loeb trail
  • Day 11: Summit Black Balsam Knob
  • Days 13-14: Solo
  • Days 15-17: Learn how to surf on the N.C. coastline
  • Alternate Days 15-17: Whitewater rafting (depending on weather and water levels)
  • Day 18: Closing circle and depart

Course Outcomes

This 18-day course is much more than marching up and down rock formations. By the time you arrive back home, you will have mastered basic camp craft skills, map reading and orienteering. You’ll also acquire basic rock-climbing techniques, which will serve you well if you decide to further pursue this outdoor activity. And you’ll find yourself in proud possession of an enhanced understanding of self and community when it comes to decision-making, teamwork, communication, leadership and civic and environmental responsibility.

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Course At-A-Glance

Who’s This For? Grades 8-9

Location: North Carolina USA

Start: June 23, 2014

Finish: July 10, 2014

Length: 18 days

Tuition: $3495

ENROLL EARLY & SAVE $200

Why Select This Course?

  • This course adds new meaning to the term “wilderness experience.”
  • You’ll leave here with new set of friends, lasting memories, and a camera filled to the max with photos of outstanding vistas
  • You’ll depart this adventure fully certified in First Aid and CPR, and you’ll receive training in Leave No Trace.
  • Hone in on your civic and environmental responsibilities

Travel Arrangements

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North Carolina Teen Adventures Grades 10 – 12

About This Course

Nobody knows the wilderness areas of western North Carolina like the staff and guides of NCOAE. Nobody. And right up front we’re going to tell you that this particular course — which will take you from the mountains to the sea — is both physically and emotionally demanding.

But that’s okay, because you’re going to walk away (literally) with the experience of a lifetime. You’re going to be rock climbing — perhaps for the first time in your life. And you’re going to be backpacking, swimming, surfing, sea kayaking. You’re going to learn how to set up a basic camp, cook on something besides a kitchen stove, and leave your campsite cleaner than when you arrived.

And you’ll learn a lot about yourself in the process, picking up listening and communications skills, leadership and decision-making aptitudes, and civic and environmental responsibilities.

Course Highlights

  • Hiking, rock climbing and backpacking.
  • Camp life — including all the chores involved, like setting up a tent and making a fire. And cooking. Food always tastes better outdoors. Even an old can of Dinty Moore stew tastes delicious (not that we serve THAT)!
  • Swimming, surfing, sea kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding.
  • You’ll also receive certification in first aid and CPR, as well as training in Leave No Trace (LNT) awareness.

Where You’ll Be & What You’ll See

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This is a wilderness experience as are all NCOAE courses and, also like all such courses, your journey begins with a day of learning technique. Once you learn the basics of camp protocol, we’re off to the 30-mile Art Loeb trail, arguably one of the longer and more difficult hikes in North Carolina. Which, of course, is why it’s also the most popular.

Weather and water levels permitting, we’ll either be rock climbing or river rafting. Either way, it’s sure to be a rush, and you and your fellow adventurers will all get to weigh in on which we choose to do!. If we start on the river, we will begin our float in Rosmann, N.C,on the French Broad River and head south towards Asheville. During this remote and absolutely beautiful paddle, you will learn the teamwork and communication skills necessary to succeed and have a good time, while obtaining the technical skills of swift water rescue, guiding paddle rafts, and of course having fun.

If it’s the rock climbing you and your course mates choose to do, we’ll be traversing peaks and ridges rather than the valleys, and that’s not because we’re picking on you. We think you’ll agree all that climbing and breathing hard will be well worth the effort as you enjoy the panoramic views along the way to the trail’s many lofty high points.

Along the way, we’ll see some of the finest scenery to be found in Pisgah and you’ll view or cross many of the landmark mountains in the region.

Before we set out for Solos, we will climb to the top Black Balsam’s 6,214-foot summit, a ridgeline that, because of its height, has few trees. But it provides hikers with endless views of the surrounding mountains. In fact, on a clear day, you can see up to 70 miles away.

We will spend the final days of this adventure on the beautiful sandy white beaches of North Carolina, surfing at Masonboro Island and/or Carolina Beach northern point.

Itinerary

  • Day 1: CPR/First Aid training and certification
  • Days 2 – 3: Leave No Trace training
  • Day 4: Plan, pack and prepare
  • Option I for days 5 – 9: Introduction to basic camp craft, safety protocols, rock climb Cedar Rock, Stone Depot, Lower West Rights, Main Wall
  • Option II for days 5-9: White Water Rafting on the French Broad River (water and weather dependent)
  • Days 10 – 13: Backpacking on the Art Loeb trail
  • Day 14: Summit Black Balsam
  • Days 15 – 16: Solo
  • Days 17 – 20: Surfing and sea kayaking along the North Carolina coastline (option for stand-up paddle boarding)
  • Day 21: Closing circle and depart

Course Outcomes

By the end of three weeks, you’ll walk out of these pristine wilderness areas with many new skills. You’ll have mastered basic camp craft — including learning how to cook outdoors like a Top Chef. You’ll have a working knowledge of basic map reading and you’ll be able to wield a compass with confidence.

You will have discovered a lot of things about yourself that are pretty darned commendable. By learning from a core curriculum that emphasis teamwork, environmental stewardship and the acquisition of technical skills, you’ll find you’re more confident in yourself and in your interpersonal relationships.

And that confidence will be apparent in your smiling face as you share photos online of yourself and your new friends — photos taken all along your mountain to sea journey.

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Course At-A-Glance

Who’s This For? Grades 10-12

Location: North Carolina USA

Start: July 21, 2014

Finish: August 10, 2014

Length: 21 days

Tuition: $3995

ENROLL EARLY & SAVE $200

Why Select This Course?

  • This teen adventure course offers participants the opportunity of a lifetime.
  • You’ll leave with new friendships, lasting memories, a better sense of self.
  • You’ll receive CPR and FIrst Aid certification

Travel Arrangements

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Oregon Teen Adventures Grades 10 – 12

About This Course

You’ll depart on this adventure from Bend, Oregon, and that’s pretty much the last you’ll see of real civilization for three weeks. You’ll be climbing rocks your first four days out and then you’ll take a series of progressive practice runs to build up your skills to navigate what will be hundreds of miles of whitewater rafting.

And whenever the opportunity presents itself along the river, you’ll scamper out  of your raft — and maybe your comfort zone — to participate in some challenging day hiking alongside the gorgeous Deschutes River in central Oregon.

Day-to-day camp life will become second nature as you learn how to scout out the perfect campsite, gather firewood, cook an outdoor meal, and to prepare your outdoor lodgings so you can enjoy a truly good night’s sleep. And don’t discard exhaustion as an excellent sleep aid.

Course Highlights

  • Introduction to basic camp craft
  • Backpacking
  • Rock climbing
  • Whitewater rafting

Where You’ll Be & What You’ll See

Oregon: Smith Rock, Dechutes River Topographic Map

Tailor-made for teens, this course begins with  planning, preparing and packing for five days of rafting on the Grand Rhonde River, a progression that will lead us to four days of rock-climbing at the world-renowned Smith Rock State Park near Terrebonne, Oregon. Students will receive individual instruction and then safely test their skills against organic obstacles such as vertical cracks, steep faces and boulders.

You’ll be camping in a front-country site among multicolored cliffs and spires. Looking off to the west are the snow-capped volcanoes of the Cascade Mountain Range. You’ll learn about basic climbing equipment — ropes, carabineers, harnesses and knots. And you’ll practice belaying and rappelling techniques and how to move across the rock face efficiently and effectively using hand and foot holds.

There are bouldering and cragging opportunities within an hour of Smith Rock, so our course looks to diversify your exposure to different types of rock, styles of climbing, and the beautiful places spread around the High Desert of Oregon. These mostly basalt formations will take on all forms, from splitter cracks to exposed faces or steep boulder problems. You can count on the experienced NCOAE staff to guide you in delivering the outcomes of technical skill development.

What follows around Day 16 is a nearly 100-mile whitewater rafting expedition on the renowned Deschutes River — which, by the way, is a designated Wild and Scenic River! The rafting section begins near the town of Warm Springs and you’ll be traveling on the river in four to six-person paddle rafts.

As a leader, you’ll learn how to “captain” (maneuver) your particular paddle raft team through Class II to IV rapids. After mastering basic river travel, our group will learn how to “read” currents, anticipating obstacles, scout difficult rapids, and work as an effective team to negotiate technical portions of the river.

While on the rafting expedition, there may also be opportunities for shosrt day hikes. This section of the course also allows students time to build critical skills in teamwork and wilderness travel that will carry over to the remainder of the course.

Itinerary

  • Days 1 – 2: Introductions, plan, pack and prepare for rafting the Grande Ronde River
  • Days 3 – 8: Rafting the Grande Ronde River
  • Day 9: Plan, pack, prepare for climbing at Smith Rock
  • Days 10 – 14: Climbing at Smith Rock
  • Day 15: Plan, pack and prepare to raft and kayak the Deschutes River
  • Days 16 – 20: Raft the Deschutes River
  • Day 21: Closing circle and depart

Course Outcomes

Somewhere in this course write-up we mentioned that the skills you pick up on this 22-day adventure will prepare you for future excursions into the wilderness. And by that, we don’t necessarily mean you’re coming back to NCOAE — although we’d certainly welcome your company.

Our goal is to hand over to you the knowledge of everything wilderness — things like the technical skills to set up a basic camp, or backpacking, rock climbing or whitewater rafting. We want you to take these skills and enjoy them with your family and friends for decades to come.

And finally, above all else, there are those things you will take home and apply to your life almost immediately. Enhanced skills in team building, leadership styles, self-confidence, values clarification, communication and decision-making are just some of outcomes you’ll benefit from.

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Course At-A-Glance

Who’s This For? Grade 10-12, co-ed, novice

Location: Oregon USA

Start: June 23, 2014

Finish: July 15, 2014

Length: 21 days

Tuition: $4195

ENROLL EARLY & SAVE $200

Why Select This Course?

  • You’ll learn the fundamentals of camp craft, expeditionary travel and paddling techniques
  • You will be earning the and practicing the 7 prnciples of Leave No Trace
  • You’ll gain a better understanding of our environmental and civic responsibility
  • Make new friendships, proud moments and unforgettable memories on this Oregon adventure

Travel Arrangements

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