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Why It’s Important for Teens to Learn Leadership

By Molly Herber on 3/22/18 9:12 AM


Photo by Ella Bruijn.

As our students hiked off, each in their own small group and following the routes they’d planned themselves, a knot twisted and untwisted in my stomach.

My instructor team and I had spent the previous three weeks backpacking with our students, all 16- and 17-year olds, handing off more decision-making responsibilities to them each day.

I’d seen them make responsible choices, and also learn from making their own mistakes (like taking the “shortcut” through the boulder field rather than the slightly longer but much easier walk around the lake). They were ready for the responsibility, but it was nerve-wracking to watch them go, even knowing we’d meet up again in just a few days.

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Topics: teens, experiential education, leadership

'An amazing experience'

By Casey Adams on 9/3/13 1:41 AM

By Nicholas Nerli, age 14

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Topics: NOLS, leadership, Vermont, Lander, team, navigation, Noonmark Mountain, Expedition Prep, teens, first aid, learning, skills, cooking, summiting, Lake Champlain, summer vacation, instructors, New York, Adirondack, backcountry, Rocky Mountain, NOLS Northeast