Expeditioners live in single gender tent groups in a community base camp. Because of our close-knit group we ask expeditioners to comply with the following guidelines:
- Be a contributing member of the expedition community
- Embrace wilderness living
- Be respectful and kind to all
- Act safely and responsibly
- Commit to an outdoor lifestyle of learning, physical activity, and unbargaining service
- Serve as a student and steward of the environment
As educators, we believe campers learn best by doing. On an expedition, campers participate daily in activities we might normally take for granted like gathering water, cooking meals, collecting firewood, and taking care of group needs. These basic daily skills are part of our community living and become the building blocks to develop further life and leadership skills. Similar to GRP base camp, expeditions focuses on the process of learning versus the outcome of the particular skill. We believe with understanding comes knowledge and a better appreciation. As a result your expeditioner is better prepared to translate the skills learned on a GRP expedition into the real world.
Campers also learn best when they are excited about an opportunity. For this reason, we give expeditioners a choice in group decisions. For example, each expedition has trip options and the campers choose as a group which option best fits their needs and capabilities.
Expeditions are imbedded with life skills such as setting goals, preparedness, teamwork, efficiency, choice, decision making, problem solving, respect for others, self evaluation, communication, community living, initiative, responsibility, appreciation and connection to the outside world. As an expeditioner, you will find adventure and wilderness living encourages the development of these skills, but they apply to life’s expedition.