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Outdoor Youth Leadership Expedition with Summit Adenture

Youth Outdoor Leadership Expedition

For those who have had some opportunities to experience and practice leadership but are ready to take it to the next level, get ready! This course is designed to allow students to learn about leadership in an outdoor setting. This expedition is open to anyone over the age of 15, regardless of your experience or background in the outdoors.

The course will take place in the southern Yosemite region of the Sierra Nevada. Students will experience the beauty and the challenge that the mountains provide. Surrounded by Ponderosa pines, granite cliffs, and alpine lakes, instructors will lead students through a variety of wilderness experiences.

This course puts an equal emphasis on the student’s spiritual formation and outdoor leadership skill development. Upon completion of this course, the student will gain confidence in a group of his or her peers. Each student will be provided with the opportunity to lead the group. Students will also demonstrate their comprehension of the curriculum as they practice backpacking, camping, cooking, climbing, and rappelling skills.

Outdoor Leadership Course Elements

  • Backcountry navigation (map & compass)
  • Outdoor living
  • Rock climbing
  • Rappelling
  • Mountaineering

  • Spiritual formation
  • Daily devotionals
  • 24 hour solo time
  • Discussion & dialogue
  • Leadership exploration & development
  • Practice facilitating and leading


Day 1: Arrival and Preparation

Students arrive at Bass Lake. Transportation is provided from the Fresno airport to the Summit base. Shortly after introductions, the Summit staff will provide basic instruction on packing packs and what to bring for our 12-day trek.

Days 2-6: Wilderness Travel

The next phase will prepare individuals for wilderness travel. Groups will typically travel five to eight miles per day gaining skills and learning techniques along the way. Students will receive a “mid-course check-in and evaluation.” At this point in the course, students may help lead “Focus” times and lead in other capacities.

Day 7: Solo Time

Students will spend 24-hours on their own in a time for personal reflection, contemplative prayer and journaling to take advantage of the solitude the wilderness provides. Often, we provide the students with simple prompts to guide them, especially if this is their first time experiencing solitude.

Days 8-9: Leadership by Example (Student’s Final)

Students will work with instructors to plan and implement a two-day independent travel section; their itinerary will vary depending on the skills and techniques they have gained so far. This serves and the student’s “Final” to test the skills they have gained over the last week.

Days 10-11: Rock Days

Students will have the opportunity to push a little farther outside of their comfort zones by attempting to scale some of the Sierra’s fine granite at our climbing and rappelling sites. During this portion of the trip, students will learn all the hard and soft skills necessary to set up and facilitate rock climbing and rappelling adventure components.

Day 12: Home

Students will return to Bass Lake where they will de-issue their gear, shower, and enjoy a hearty meal before departing for home. Transportation will be provided to the Fresno airport if needed.



The Leadership Expedition Interest Form

For more information, give us a call at (559) 642-3899. If you need client references, we’d be happy to provide them.
It takes a minimum of 5 participants to run this course.
If you have less than 5 in your group and you are flexible, we can pair you up with others to meet the 5 person minumum.
Provide as many as possible.