Why Choose Us?
Adventure Treks is all about making memories, fostering lifelong friendships, and creating more confident and capable young men and women. We are a small and personal company, and getting to know you is our biggest priority. But Adventure Treks isn’t only about outdoor fun and friendships; we want each of our students to discover their best selves, and we believe that the great outdoors is just the way to do it.
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Adventure Treks is the absolute best thing I can do for Marcus to help him become the best person he can be. I cannot express how grateful I am that this adventure has come into his life! The life skills that he has been exposed to are priceless. I believe that this is the best gift I can give him to help him navigate through all areas of life. – Dana, Bellevue, WA
The Adventure Treks Difference
For more than 20 years, we’ve focused on providing valuable outdoor and growth-oriented experiences to our students and families. We’re intentionally a small company. Long-term relationships are important to us, and we consider ourselves more like a family than a business. From the first time you speak with us, we hope you’ll feel like a member of our family, and we promise to treat your child as if he or she were our own.
Our commitment to creating a close-knit community is what sets us apart. Our group size gives us unique flexibility in optimizing student experiences, and ensures students really get to know everyone on their trip, including instructors. Plus, our trips are technology-free, so students learn to “survive” (and even thrive!) without electronics.
Safety, Safety, Safety!
Our students and instructors know these are our three most important words. Risk management is the foundation of everything we do. We hope you’ll agree that nothing can be 100% safe. But the moment your child leaves home until he or she returns to you, minimizing this risk is our first and foremost priority.
More than just outdoor educators, our instructors are mentors, role models, and friends to our students. With 6 instructors and 24 students on a typical trip (always maintaining a 1:4 ratio or better), the relationships that are forged between instructor and student are unmatched. We have the highest instructor return rate (averaging 73%), and the highest average instructor age (27 years old) of any similar program. Our team consistently earns the highest marks on students’ end-of-summer evaluations and reviews. Adventure Treks instructors are held in high regard in the outdoor industry, and we receive about 800 applications to fill only 25 spots each year.
The Great 8 Outcomes
Adding to a fun summer, we strive for our Great 8 Outcomes to be learned through adventure, immersion in an outdoor environment, and interaction with great role models. Studies show that the Adventure Treks experience makes brains inherently more receptive to learning. Our emphasis on using the close-knit community and fun and challenging outdoor activities makes Adventure Treks the perfect place to improve these skills needed to thrive in the 21st century:
- Collaboration and social achievement
- Critical thinking
Culture of Kindness
The Adventure Treks community is what keeps our students coming back to us for multiple summers. Our philosophy is about bringing out the very best in our students, and there’s no better way to do that than sharing the challenges and joys of the outdoors with a supportive group of friends. Students often tell us that they feel closer to their Adventure Treks friends after just a couple weeks together than their friends back home!
We believe that a sense of community is essential to our students’ personal growth. The teenagers on our trips are important, contributing members to a close-knit group of like-minded peers. We emphasize shared responsibility and a culture of kindness, so everyone can grow and enjoy a positive, clique-free, and respectful social environment. Our instructors facilitate and encourage this mindset in several ways:
- At the beginning of every trip, a director introduces all of the students and instructors and adds a few interesting facts about each person. Then the director challenges the group to do the same. After the first day, which is packed with games, a “Yahoo” dinner, and laughter, many students say they already feel like part of a family.
- Every night, we hold Evening Meeting, where we discuss our Pluses / Deltas of the day. Students have a chance to strengthen their group through positive feedback and constructive criticism.
- Hat ceremonies, one of our most treasured traditions, give students a chance to be recognized for their outstanding contributions to the group.
- And even more crazy-fun games and unique events and traditions facilitate friendships through shared fun, energy, and spontaneity.
Our goal is for every Adventure Treks student to feel welcomed and appreciated. Our trips are a safe place for students to be themselves in a supportive, caring environment. We’ve seen so many lifetime friendships begin on our trips that it’s no wonder our past students frequently reunite for reunions, many which involve outdoor activities. Many alumni say the friendships are the greatest gift of the Adventure Treks experience, and we look forward to creating many more of these friendships each summer!
Adventure Treks truly achieves the goals they set out to do. They build a community, promote personal development, challenge each other to try new things, and share the love of the outdoors. My son returned for another year because he had such an amazing experience on his first trip and wanted to have another. He loves the outdoors and wants to spend as much time as he can in that environment, and Adventure Treks is the best. Since returning, my son has shown more patience and less frustration with things that he would typically be bored with. Adventure Treks is always worth every penny. – Nicole Lavoie, Nashua, NH