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How Outdoor Adventures Set Teens up for Life Success

By Brooke Ortel on Mar 2, 2020
Photo by Kirk Rasmussen

In today’s world, students find the idea of failure appalling, intolerable. It’s like standing on the edge of a looming precipice or swift-flowing river with no guarantee of a safe crossing. But in reality, the prospect of failure isn’t (usually) a looming gorge—it’s a botched exam, lower-than-desired SAT score, getting cut from the team, losing the race for class president.

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Topics: Leadership Skills, teens, Adventure Courses, Research, education, NOLS Teton Valley, NOLS Expeditions, Leadership

Why Students Who Learn Leadership Stand Out

By Molly Herber on Mar 22, 2018
Photo by Ella Bruijn

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

My instructor team and I had spent the previous three weeks backpacking with these students, mentoring and coaching them on their leadership and outdoor skills and watching them become more and more independent.

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Topics: Leadership Skills, teens, leadership education, experiential education, Outdoor Leadership, Leadership