Adventure Reports

Elevation, Crawdad Canyon, Utah, Sep 2011

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Elevation, Crawdad Canyon, Utah, Sep 2011

Emotional challenges can be more difficult than physical challenges. That’s what students learned at this Elevation. While most simulations involve some rigorous team-building challenge, this simulation involved a story about a car bomb and chemical warfare, and challenged students to face the fact that life is fragile and could end at any time. Our take away was to live life to the fullest and love others as truly as possible. During Solo Time, students spend several hours in designated spots, all alone in nature. Mentors help students develop clarifying questions for students’...

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Students Respond to Massive Flood at Elevation, April 2011

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Students Respond to Massive Flood at Elevation, April 2011

When Williamsburg students arrived at Elevation on April 26, they were expecting to see the enchanting bridges, paths, cottonwoods and campgrounds of Crawdad Canyon waiting for them to move in. Instead, they found debris scattered everywhere, footbridges washed away, and rumpled mud where there had once been flat ground, due to incredible flooding. How did our students respond? See for yourself. One group dealt with the first matter of business: building a bridge across the stream so everyone could access water and bathrooms. Step one: Dismantle old materials Step two: Move all old...

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Elevation, Crawdad Canyon, Utah, September 2010

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Elevation, Crawdad Canyon, Utah, September 2010

Over 60 students from Williamsburg Academy descended on Crawdad Canyon for six days of fun. Activities included Rock climbing Rappelling Rope ascending Meditation Yoga Solo experience Volleyball Cooking and sharing hot meals together Setting personal academic goals Plenty of free time This is our signature event for high school students. Over 90 percent of those who attend say they would recommend it to a friend. Students traveled from Japan, New Hampshire, Alaska, Florida, and several other states. One of the highlights is an event called the Williamsburger, which is a tradition at...

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Educators Climb Continental Divide, 2010

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Educators Climb Continental Divide, 2010

August 2010: a group of ten educators from three states ventured into the spectacular Wind River mountains. Six days later they emerged from the wilderness, smelling like roses (kind of) and having had a life-changing experience. Check out the photo gallery for this expedition. Every participant said (in an anonymous survey) they would recommend this expedition to a friend. The group formed an excellent bond together. “This group of people were outstanding to be with!” “Everyone was great, open, comfortable, helpful, and relaxed. Enjoyed getting to know everyone.”...

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Elevation, Crawdad Canyon, Utah, May 2010

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Elevation, Crawdad Canyon, Utah, May 2010

A hidden canyon with magical trails, sun dappled walls, a pool fed by warm springs, and lots of crawdad hunting. Perfect place to elevate your vision and leadership. Perfect place to challenge yourself. Every Elevation is different, and this one was marked by some creative challenge course games and an intense simulation. The Olympic Games included group runs, the spider web, log tosses, a blindfolded rock climb, a cooking competition using all the leftover food, and Camp Strike – a race to clean up camp. The simulation’s objective was get from point A to point B. Each...

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Young Educators Prepare for Teaching in Yosemite, 2009

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Young Educators Prepare for Teaching in Yosemite, 2009

A group of several aspiring teachers joined together for retreat in the backcountry of Yosemite, National Park. Since then, they have all taught professionally, in various capacities. The experience in Yosemite served as a clarifying lens that helped them find the right direction to share their respective gifts. After one or two years teaching some have gone on to graduate school while others continue in the industry. This expedition included pre-readings and online colloquia as a framework for the substantive dialogues the team wanted to engage in during their time in the wilderness. Texts...

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