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AA Rites of Passage Journeys
Rites-of-Passage Journeys are powerful experiences for all young people. In life, we change and tranistion into something new... through puberty and into Adulthood. We need Ritual, Ceremonies and the Vision Quest to suceed.
Throughout the Western United States, ID, CO, MT, UT, NM, CA, AZ, OR, WA
Rites of Passage is an old phrase. Our ancestors, the Native Americans, the Africans and many of the worlds cultures know its value.
Over time, many of us have lost the wisdom of the Rites of Passage. Now is the time to bring it back. Our ancestors knew how to live with the Earth. In todays world, we are forced into technology, materialism, subdivisions, cell phones, computers and on and on. It gets harder and harder to connect with Nature and our own natural cycles.
The Rite of Passage is a time to honor the individual that is in "change". There are 6 phases involved: Acknowledgment, Separation, Discovery, Silence, Initiation and Celebration.
We travel into the wilderness and we find ourselves, our true selves.
We will learn the Medicine Wheel and how it affects our lives. We will connect with the 4 Elements of Air-Water-Fire-Earth. We will learn how to make fire from our bare hands. We will think about our lives. We will spend time alone. We will discover who we are. We will learn to honor ourselves. We will begin to live.
During the silence phase, we will adventure into a time of quiet. The native people call it the Vision Quest. It is the most powerful experience that we know of. It is the climax of the Rite of Passage Journey. Once complete with the Vision Quest, the person will have transformed themselves into something new. This new person is one who they, themselves has designed.
The Sweat Lodge is an ancient initiation, where hot rocks are brought into a small confined area. Within the lodge, we sing, silence and focus on our lives. It is a purification ceremony. It is cleansing.
Upon return, the person is greeted by some of his family members and life-long mentors. They meet "for the first time" ... again.
This journey is not for the light at heart. It is ceremony and ritual and it will change our lives... should we give it a chance.
Are you ready?
We invite you to join us.
Explore the pristine northern Rocky Mountain wilderness with our action packed summer outdoor adventure programs. We travel through The Grand Tetons, Yellowstone National Park, and Montana's Big Sky country offering a multi-dimensional experience focusing on fun friendship, teamwork, and leadership.
Explore the pristine northern Rocky Mountain wilderness with our action packed summer outdoor adventure programs. We travel through The Grand Tetons, Yellowstone National Park, and Montana's Big Sky country offering a multi-dimensional experience focusing on fun, friendship, teamwork, and leadership. Exciting outdoor adventures include: mountain biking, whitewater rafting, whitewater kayaking, rock climbing, fly fishing, orienteering, canoeing, mountaineering, backpacking, hiking, wildlife watching and photography, swimming, hot springs, sightseeing and more! Our staff is well trained to ensure a safe camp experience.
Camping with Adventurequest provides a great and unique environment for young people to learn and grow. Campers participate in cooking group meals, pitching camp, making daily activity choices, etc...
Traveling and camping is a great way to explore the wild west. Adventurequest travels in new fifteen passenger vans driven by our mature and proffessional staff that is atleast twenty five years old with a clean driving record, and yes, the vans have CD players! Most of our travels are short, but there are a few times we will need to travel greater distances making the longest ride about three hours long. (It's a big country).
Our campgrounds are a mix of front country National Forest and National Park sites with all the amenities, and some of the most spectacular primitive backountry campsites in the rockies. Typically we stay at these campgrounds three to five nights before we pack up and move on to our next adventure. Showers and laundry are available at some of the campsites, and we stop periodically along the way when they are not available. Phone calls will be made at previously schedualed times so that parents can anticipate and plan to be available to take the calls.
Food is essential! Our gourmet camp menu has everything from standard hamburger and hot dog cook outs to freshly baked breads and cakes! Thats right! you can learn how to bake cakes, lasagna, and anything else you can whip up in your kitchen at home! The campers prepare and cook all breakfasts and dinners. Everyday it will be a different team of two or three campers and one of the guides who get to try thier culinary skills. The results are delicious! Lunches are usually made at breakfast from a nutritious spread of sandwiches, fruit, trailmix and other popular foods to be packed in our daypacks and taken along on our daily adventure.
Daily camp life is fun and easy. Campers are given choices and challenge themselves with each activity. Our guides are highly skilled providing a safe opportunity for campers to try new things. At the end of each day while sitting around the camp fire we reflect on the great accomplishments and achievements both by individuals and those of our group. By the time everyone has told thier stories, the campfire has burned down, millions of brilliant stars fill the sky, and everyone is ready for bed so that they can recharge for another exciting day.
Adventurequest is a small locally owned and operated camp dedicated to enriching young lives. Our programs, with a four to one camper to guide ratio, provide a higher quality experience other large scale, non-local camps cannot match. Through excellent leadership and a personalized approach to learning Adventurequest has achieved outstanding results.
Here is what former Adventurequesters and thier parents have said about thier experience with us:
Thank you for a great trip! I had so much fun doing things I never get to do at home. I enjoyed it all. You were all great couselor's! I hope to come back next year! I want to do it all again!
Thanks for the fun !!
RJ - Adventurequester 2002
I cannot thank you enough for having megan this past July. It was certainly a trip she will never forget. We noticed a new level of personal growth upon her return home.
Good luck in your future endeavors.
Linda Bennett - Adventurequest Mom
Alpengirl is definitively unique in bridging the gap between close to home facility-based youth camps such as Girl Scout Camp and challenge-based wilderness expeditions such as NOLS or Outward Bound.
Alpengirl endeavors to influence the world just one girl at a time. We strive to open each girl's eyes, exercise her inquisitive mind, and develop her physical strength.
Alpengirl's unparalleled programs foster growth through a philosophy of mind-body connection that promotes "Fitness Through Adventure".
Each camper is encouraged to confidently embrace challenge and to comfortably excel at being herself.
Alpengirl imparts these ideals through the trials and excitement of adventure activities and with the emotional nourishment of the natural environment.
Our staff is small and our job is personal, allowing real relationships to blossom. Alpengirl's philosophies are reinforced by these relationships and are evident in the spirit of each girls who leaves us - having become that better version of herself.
It's a matter of days; 7 to 14 days to be exact. The days that are spent with Alpengirl will encourage, challenge, refresh and excite.
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