Safety and Risk Management

You guys are the BEST with how you pulled these trips off in 2020 SAFELY and with FUN and CHALLENGE! Our hats are off to you all. What a great team of wonderful talented people you have gathered and trained and clearly love. Rhodes had a great time. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! – Marian Wright, parent from Rye, NY

We know that sending your child away from home and to an outdoor adventure camp is usually more nerve-wracking for parents than for students. It can be stressful when you aren’t there to personally check things out. We get it; many of us are parents, too!

Our students and instructors know that “safety, safety, safety” are our three most important words. Risk management is the foundation of everything that we do. We hope you’ll agree that nothing can be 100 percent “safe.” Statistically, students are safer at Adventure Treks than if they stayed home. But to build independence and ensure normal teenage brain development, there has to be some element of risk. And from the moment your child leaves home until he or she returns to you, minimizing risk is our first and foremost priority.

As we consider ourselves partners in the parenting process, we make every decision as if you were looking over our shoulders. We have detailed safety protocols for each activity. By teaching students about judgment, probability, and consequences, we build a safety-conscious “expedition mentality” within the community that helps students understand the “why” behind our policies. We help our students learn to make good decisions and to take intelligent, reasonable risks—habits that will apply for the rest of their lives.

Safety at Adventure Treks begins with experienced trip leaders and regional directors. They each average more than six years of Adventure Treks experience. Our leadership team facilitates an extensive 14- to 18-day instructor training where we review detailed safety procedures and set the tone for a safe, fun summer. We are proud to say that in more than 24 years, we have safely worked with more than 18,000 students.

This was our family’s eighth summer with Camp Pinnacle and Adventure Treks. We have always been thrilled with the experiences. As to participating during COVID-19, we appreciate the judicious approach taken to guarantee a safe and wonderful experience. It was the highlight of 2020, by far. AT will challenge, expand the comfort zone of, and enrich your child in more ways than you can imagine. I believe that AT prepares a student for the complexities of personally navigating college better than anything else they can experience. – David Paul, parent from Wynnewood, PA

Expedition mentality

Strong, close-knit, and inclusive communities develop when there is a sense of mutual respect among all members. Our instructors empower our students to create a culture of kindness in their group, and to be as concerned about the well-being of the community as they are for themselves. We help students understand that a good community includes both physical and emotional safety, and they’ll discover how one’s actions can impact the group. We encourage students to have fun, challenge themselves, be willing to try new things, volunteer for tasks, do more than their fair share, and maintain a positive mental attitude no matter the circumstances. This expedition mentality is a core value of the Adventure Treks experience.