Outdoor Excursions - Dayton, NV

by Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley
Activity Type: Camping, Hiking, Stewardship, Water Activities, Winter Activities, Other
Region: Pacific West

Provide underserved youth with backpacking trips to Yosemite, Lassen, and Big Basin National Parks and Pt. Reyes National Seashore.

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Please describe your project in more detail.

Outdoor Excursions (OE) is a year-round mentoring/discipleship program that utilizes outdoor programming to build relationships, trust and character in youth. We offer a variety of free outdoor recreational activities to underserved youth. In an effort to get even more youth outdoors, and provide them with the chance to experience some of America's National Parks, OE is asking you to consider partnering with us through the Parks-4-Kids program. We want to provide any youth that has the desire, with the opportunity to experience the beauty, solitude and awe inspiring grandeur of four of our national jewels including Yosemite, Lassen and Big Basin National Parks and Point Reyes National Seashore.

Trips will be planned through out the year, and youth will have the opportunity to spend 4 days and 3 nights in each of the four national parks, exploring caves, hiking trails, walking along the beach, exploring tidal pools, sleeping under the stars and experiencing the outdoors as never before. Students will have the opportunity to learn new outdoor skills including how pack a backpack, and they'll learn about the equipment they'll be using before they ever get outdoors. 

In class sessions will include things like learning to use a map & compass to navigate in the back country, camp site selection, setting up a tent, how to use a water filter. They'll also learn about topics that include Leave No Trace practices. Students will learn about the flora & fauna native to the parks, geology and climate. Every trip will include opportunities to learn about being good stewards and they'll have opportunities to put the things they've learned in class, into practice in the park. 

Each of the four parks we will visit were chosen specifically to provide students with the opportunity to experience the widest variety of ecosystems, geology, and climate. As students learn how to navigate in the outdoors, they will be given opportunities to lead on the trail, but they'll also have the chance to lead team building activities as well as camp chores like making a meal on a backpacking stove. 

These outings are sure to be adventures of a life time that will make a lasting impact! 

How many kids (grades K-8) will be directly engaged in this project?

Each trip is planned for a maximum of 15 students. The students range from 5th-8th grade. There will also be two college age students on each trip as counselors.

What is the name or school district associated with the project?

Outdoor Excursions Mentoring/Discipleship Program.