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Expeditions for Ages 16 – 18

The Southwest Awaits Apply

Wilderness Leadership

26 Days | June 28 – July 23

While all of Deer Hill’s summer expeditions blend fun, challenge, and beauty, Wilderness Leadership gives participants the opportunity to learn the hard skills to guide others through the backcountry. For those interested in learning orienteering in the rugged canyons and mountains of the southwest, this expedition is designed to give each participant the opportunity to develop his or her own style of leadership in wilderness conditions.

WILDERNESS LEADERSHIP

Rivers Wild

26 Days | June 29 – July 24

Rivers Wild gives participants the opportunity to learn the hard skills needed to guide others on the river. For those interested in learning how to row the oar rig and steer the paddle raft, read and run rapids by understanding water hydrology, and gain a deeper knowledge about water in the Southwest; this expedition is designed to give each participant the opportunity to develop their boating skills in wilderness river conditions.

RIVERS WILD

The canyons, the service and the mountains brought new experiences and meaning, yet the mountains provided an environment in which all my lessons and experiences came together. The hikes in the mountains opened my eyes to my own strengths both physically and as a leader, and provided a new appreciation for these activities, journeys and the wilderness. The times in which the instructors recognized my strengths were reassuring and motivating. But also, when the instructors forced you to learn without assistance were more memorable because it pushed me out of my comfort zone into a place where they knew I would succeed despite the obstacles and danger. This is why a leadership course is the most meaningful of all the courses.

Isabelle, participant