Wilderness Leadership Expedition - Voyageur Outward Bound School, Ely, MN
Intrepid SNC Gap Students Leave Behind Modern Conveniences of Home and
Learning the Trick of 'Bracing' a Canoe, Preparing to Successfully Portage a Canoe
Danielle Learning the Fine Art of Back Country Cooking
Nathaniel Rocks Portaging the Canoe
Students Engaged in a Leadership Lesson... Not Your Typical College Classroom
Claire Working on her Homework
Learning to Navigate Using Map and Compass
Learning the Importance of a Well-Organized Portage Crossing and Team Work
Eric Learns How Essential a Proper Canoe Stroke is to Navigating Through Dense Wetlands
And then of course there is the exhilarating and often times intimidating experience of learning how to rock climb. Once again, as the students learn the technical aspects of climbing, the lessons they have learned about the necessity of team work and trusting others, becomes absolutely essential. As any rock climber knows, if you don't trust or communicate clearly with your climbing partner, that could make the difference between a safe and exhilarating climb, and a truly negative experience. After the group learns the basics at a spot called Quiet Rocks located at Home Place, they then get the opportunity to try out their rock climbing skills out in the field. Through this experience students ultimately learn how to confront their fears, trusting in the process of relying on others to 'help' them move upward and onward, gaining more confidence as they move up the rock face to the top. Again, through direct experience, they take something that would remain purely theoretical, and through the act of actually doing it, they learn what they are actually capable of!! Which is an invaluable lesson that they can apply to many areas of their lives' as they inevitably encounter new challenges along the way..
Aby Reaches the Top!! Huge Smiles
Bryanna Takes a Breather Mid-Way up the Cliff Face
(See If You Can Find the Heart Shape in the Sky?) Love Will Always Find A Way...