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ActionQuest and Go Beyond

Established in 1986, ActionQuest provides high quality, expedition-based summer programs for young adults ages 13 through 18. ActionQuest voyages focus on sailing, scuba diving, cultural immersion, marine biology and global exploration – all in a live-aboard environment unlike any other. Through hands-on experiential learning and exceptional global expeditions, ActionQuest challenges young adults with high action, life-changing adventures that promote personal growth, teamwork and leadership.  GoBeyond, ActionQuest's sister program, offers service-learning travel programs to teens ages 14-19, combining community service projects with cultural immersion and outdoor adventure activities. Participants work in collaboration with established local, national, and international service organizations, with programs offered in the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Galapagos & Ecuador, Peru, China, Thailand and India.

 

 

Appalachian Mountain Club Teen Wilderness Adventures

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Now in our 26th season, Teen Wilderness Adventures offers 5-20 day fun, challenging, outdoor trips for youth age 12-18.  Our trips go beyond the ordinary, providing supportive, professional group leadership while teaching valuable wilderness skills and essential life lessons. Our unique approach fosters an appreciation for the environment, helps teens develop confidence, and instills a spirit of adventure.  Trips include one or more outdoor activities like hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, kayaking, rafting, canoeing, and mountain biking-with spectacular destinations in New Hampshire, Maine, and New York. Whether you are new to adventures in the outdoors, or have participated in Teen Wilderness Adventures in the past, we have trips that will be fun, challenging, exciting, and push your limits in the outdoors!

New this year for older teens and young adults: 70-day Conservation and Leadership gap year semester course. 

 

AMCTeenWildernessAdv@Outdoors.org  

 

Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership

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Provides extraordinary opportunities to discover what it takes to make a difference in the world - as students, scientists, citizens, and leaders! Sitting 12 miles off the coast of Rockland, ME, this beautiful off-the-grid community is an ideal setting for middle and high school programs in science, sustainability, and leadership. Our hands-on 1-2 week summer programs invite students to immerse themselves in the natural world, challenging them to explore and ask questions like trained naturalists in marine and terrestrial ecosystems. Programs are small (with a maximum of 12 students) and are led by trained field scientists and educators, providing a level of instructor expertise and maturity you won’t find in other summer experiences. No day is complete without hiking, swimming, sailing, or rock climbing. Our goal is to excite people about doing science and about being leaders in the next wave of scientific discovery and environmental conservation. Come participate in our field science and leadership programs and make memories and friendships that last a lifetime!   *Academic credit may be available and Financial Aid is Available.

programs@hurricaneisland.net  

207-867-6050

 

Hurricane Island Outward Bound School

The nonprofit Hurricane Island Outward Bound School (HIOBS) is a charter of Outward Bound, the worldwide leader in outdoor, experiential education. Now in its 50th year, HIOBS offers 14- and 22-day wilderness courses for ages 14-18. Whether sailing, backpacking, rock climbing, or canoeing, HIOBS students learn to overcome challenges through leadership and teamwork. Scholarships are available.

 

Kroka Expeditions

An earth living school in Marlow, NH that offers summer, school, and semester programs to ages 9-19. Kroka Expeditions awakens a connection to nature and spirit, and develops willpower for conscious living and compassionate service through adventure sports, community living, farming, and the practice of traditional and indigenous skills.  Introductory Programs, Intro To Adventure, Children Of Kroka Village - Mountain Biking, Open Water Paddling,  Ocean Leadership Expedition, Pirates Of Lake Champlain, Rites of PassageBoys,  Wilderness Adventures For Girls, White Water Paddling, Wilderness Climbing, Expedition Katahdin, Caves, Cliffs And Waterfalls, Wilderness Skills, Lost Tribe Of The Ashuelot, Keepers Of The Flame, Expedition Pre-Columbus

 

Rustic Pathways 

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Rustic Pathways is the leader in providing superior quality international community service, education, and adventure programs for students. We offer one to three-week spring break and summer experiences, Gap Year programs, and custom group trips. Operating in 18 different countries, our programs cover a range of student interests and activities.  With over 30 years of experience in the field, Rustic Pathways has emerged as the world leader in student travel. What started as one man leading students across the Australian Outback has grown to over 96 programs across 19 countries. Throughout the whole journey, our mission has remained the same: to enrich the lives of our students and staff, benefit the parts of the world we serve, and build cultural bridges that lead to greater global understanding and cooperation. Every summer, thousands of high school students from around the world travel with Rustic Pathways on life changing programs. These students participate in a variety of programs that emphasize community service, education, and adventure. From building a school in an indigenous village in Fiji, to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, to working in an orphanage in Thailand, Rustic Pathways provides empowering experiences for every student. We believe cultural and international exposure are a critical component of any global education, and we pride ourselves in designing unforgettable programs that are safe, inspiring, and affordable.

 

 

YMCA Camp Ockanickon

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YMCA Camp Ockanickon, Inc. in Medford, New Jersey provides a place for teens to spend quality time in the great outdoors. Our 800-acre property is located in the beautiful Pines of Southern New Jersey and is accessible from major cities and highways. Whether you’re looking for overnight camp, day camp, wilderness adventures or leadership development, we have just the program for you. Each program provides low staff-to-camper ratios, waterfront activities, sports, high and low rope adventures, creative arts and more! Our outdoor adventure trips for teens include backpacking, canoeing, white-water rafting, rock climbing and rappelling. We also offer a service-oriented program that offers teens the opportunity to make a real difference in their community. Dedicated volunteers, environmental stewards and future leaders are born here!

kelsey@ycamp.org  

609-654-8225

 

Smithsonian Student Adventures (SSA)

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Our mission is to inspire students to become global citizens by taking an active interest in the world around them. We achieve this by providing international travel programs in the areas of cultural immersion, wildlife conservation, and leadership development.   SSA offers a curious and compassionate approach to travel. Unlike a typical tour, our programs are designed for a select group of travelers who seek an authentic international experience that offers the opportunity to affect positive change at home and abroad.

 

 

Global Leadership Adventures

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Teen service-learning trips in inspiring communities across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Each GLA program is designed around its destination, showcasing the region’s unique culture and opportunity for adventure.  Students are immersed in local life, engage in meaningful community service, and gain new perspectives through hands-on learning. Our goal is to provide life-changing journeys that cultivate a global perspective, inspiring our students to become leaders who seek positive change in their own communities.

 

 

Global Works

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For 28 years, Global Works programs have empowered middle and high school students to be global citizens and to make a positive impact through their travels. Much more than a vacation, Global Works believes in authentic travel and service learning. Our international programs foment opportunities for fun and engaging leadership development and personal growth. Groups collaborate on meaningful and sustainable service projects with our partner communities around the world. Choose from programs that focus on Spanish, French, pre-med & public health, sustainable business, education & the environment, marine biology, and adventure! Our destinations include Costa Rica, Cuba, Fiji Islands, France, Galapagos, Guatemala, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, and Spain! 

 

 

Maine Teen Camp

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A fully elective; 2, 3, 4 or 7 week sleep away camp for teenagers only (13 – 17 years).  MTC takes the best aspects of an American Summer Camp - a true community of peers, space and opportunity for growth, introduction to new skills and people, lack of electronic screens and lots of exposure to nature and the chance to simply be yourself - that are most important for teens; while making the whole experience more approachable for a teenage camper - programming designed with teenage needs and interests in mind, an open and welcoming clique-free social environment, and a diverse and international population. 

MTC is the best choice for a teen looking to change camps, or try camp for the first time. Your camper can feel confident coming to MTC and knowing that they are not the only "new kid", that the activities and schedule are designed JUST for teenagers, and that they will be meeting new friends from across the country and around the world.   Most of our campers come to MTC without knowing anyone else. For a teen looking for a summer of self-growth and independence, this is vital.  All our age groups will have significant numbers of first time campers.  By focusing only on teens, MTC is not diluting its activity offerings, attempting to cater to 9 year olds and 15 year olds as if they were developmental the same. We recognize that adolescence is a unique stage, and account for this in all we do at camp. We offer a strong activity list featuring rock music, a professional level tennis program, waterskiing and wakeboarding,  cooking, and community service (and so much more!)

 

 

National Geographic Student Expeditions

Offers high school and middle school students the opportunity to embark on small group summer programs over the world - focusing on Photography, Wildlife & Conservation, Archaeology & Ancient Culture, Film making, Creative Writing, Community Service, and Climate & Geology. 

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Rein Teen Tours

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Offers well-supervised, activity-oriented travel programs for teenagers between 13 and 17 years of age.  All teenagers are placed in co-ed, compatible age groups and each tour consists of 40-50 teenagers.  Trips range in length from 2 to 6 weeks with travel throughout the Continental United States, Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, Europe, and Australia & New Zealand. Activities include surfing lessons, whitewater rafting, jet boating, zip-lines, off road jeep trips, snorkeling, summer snow skiing and snow-tubing, a hands-on experience with dolphins, hiking in various national parks, and much more!  Every evening is planned with fun and exciting activities including live comedy clubs, laser tag, western rodeo, major league baseball games, campfires, etc.

 

WESTCOAST CONNECTION  - TRAVEL ● LEARN ● VOLUNTEER

 

Offers teen tours, community service, pre-college enrichment, language programs, global adventures, baseball tours, and fashion experiences. Programs in Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Ecuador & Galapagos, Europe, New Zealand, Peru, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam & the USA.  Programs ranging from 8-40 days for ages 13-18 grouped compatibly by age; with separate ON TOUR programs for teens completing 11th & 12th grades offering more independence.

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SMA Teen Summer Camp

A co-ed overnight teen and "tween" summer camp for 60 teenagers ages 12-16 located in the mountains of Central Pennsylvania.  We offer exciting and engaging activities and events everyday including: 

  • Water Sports

  • Adventure Activities

  • Traditional Sports

  • Community Service

  • Creative Arts

Our teen “tween” campers learn new skills, gain self confidence, make strong friendships and become members of our strong, value centered summer community.  Things that make SMA Teen Camp unique are:

  • Young Teen Focused Activities

  • Choose Your Own Activities Everyday

  • Adventures and Camping Overnights Out of Camp

  • Campers increase self confidence and independence

As with many aspects of teenagers lives our camp is also a very social place and we work hard to model and encourage positive relationships, create community in an authentic way, stop cliques from developing, and take away many of the traditional pressures that teens feel in school.   The result is that campers feel a new found freedom to explore who they truly are while at the same time feeling like they have a new “home away from home” at Stone Mountain Adventures.

 

Travel for Teens

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Features choice in what you do, see, and experience. More than 50 programs covering more than 35 countries on 4 continents. In Europe, Southern Africa, Costa Rica, Australia, New Zealand, and the US, visit mainstream attractions while offering the opportunity to explore the culture from a less "touristy" perspective. interact with our host cultures, taking cooking and dance lessons, performing valuable service work to help local communities, and conversing with the people who live in the places we journey to, and understanding of what it means to be a global citizen.  Travel for Teens believes travel should be more than a tourist's journey.  With an emphasis on doing and feeling, in addition to seeing, our unique programs create global citizens.  Through our service, adventure, language, photography, and cultural immersion trips we take students in grades 7-12 and turn them into travelers, not tourists. 

 

 

Where There Be Dragon

We are dedicated to cross-cultural education because we believe that future leaders will be required to think beyond borders when considering the implications of resource scarcity on a global community. Our courses are designed to help young adults develop the self-awareness and cross-cultural competencies to be active participants in this conversation.

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A Dragons group consists of 12 students and 3 instructors which allows us to manage responsive course itineraries. Our field staff is composed of mature adults who have years of personal and professional experience, and the skills needed to teach, guide, and empower students in profound ways. With an average of 4+ years of in-country experience, Dragons Instructors are prepared to communicate in local dialects and offer expert mentorship throughout the student experience. 

Dragons is an experiential education company. We seek out new learning opportunities within the fabric of everyday life.. By closely observing and engaging with local communities, we begin to ask questions about new cultural traditions, governance systems, religious beliefs, and human rights. 

 

 

Zeal Adventure and Travel

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Specializes in teen summer travel, community service, and personal development. Our adventures to Hawaii, Alaska, and Canada offer teens the opportunity to experience adventures that are exciting, challenging, and unique. Because of our small travel groups and highly experienced trip leaders, our trips include activities that are otherwise impossible to have on a teen adventure trip. Zeal isn’t just a travel program, it’s travel with a purpose. Zeal participants complete impactful community service that truly makes a difference in the communities they visit. What’s more, we offer a year round mentorship program for interested Zeal participants. Gain skills and experiences to create powerful initiatives in your home community. With Zeal, every day is an adventure! 

 

Sail Caribbean

Students from 6th thru 12th grade learn sailing, racing and seamanship while living coed with their own age group aboard 50-foot yachts and cruising the British Virgin and Leeward Islands. No prior experience is required. Our focus is on experiential learning, leadership training and personal growth. Scuba certifications, snorkeling, tubing, wakeboarding, kayaking, and island exploration. Marine biology and community service are built into every program. Students earn up to 30 service hours with projects including mentoring local youth and environmental conservation. High school academic credit available.

 
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info@sailcaribbean.com

 

The Experiment in International Living

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Since 1932, has provided 3, 4, and 5-week summer abroad programs for high school students who want to connect deeply and engage meaningfully with the richness and complexities of another country. Students are challenged to explore the host country through hands-on experiences in local communities and through the lens of a specific theme.  Programs are designed to equip students not only with essential cultural and, in many cases, language skills, but also with a deeper awareness of and sensitivity to global issues shaping the diverse communities and regions we visit. Each year, hundreds of Experimenters come away from their summer abroad with invaluable new skills, connections, awareness, and knowledge to thrive-and lead-in diverse, intercultural environments.

experiment@experiment.org

 

American WandererSummer Camp

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Offers a rare opportunity to explore the Wonders of our National Parks. Every day is a new adventure. Come Explore With Us. If you are 11-17 and want to explore the coolest places on the planet, then join us for the adventure of a lifetime. Pack your gear, our Cabins roll and our Camp moves. We offer 4 distinct 2 week sessions exploring over 34 Parks and their surrounding areas in 8 States. 

Raft the wild Arkansas River, Climb to alpine lakes in the Grand Tetons, Hike down into the Grand Canyon, Explore ghost towns and ancient ruins, Pan for gold in the Black Hills, Hunt for fossils in Wyoming, Float on the Great Salt Lake, Hike the Virgin River in Zion, Map caves by candlelight

Photograph elk, buffalo, antelope, moose or bear in their natural habitat, Get lost in the red canyons of Utah. Sled down sand dunes and summer snow in the Rockies. Moonlit walk to Delicate Arch

Catch the Perseid Meteor Shower.