This 21-day canoeing and backpacking combination course is designed to take young teens on an inspiring adventure. Traveling by canoe and by foot allows you to experience completely the essence of this wilderness.
You will paddle through the pristine Canoe Wilderness of the Adirondacks; exploring lakes, ponds, and rivers while fishing for brook trout and waking to the call of loons. In this idyllic wilderness classroom, you will learn paddling strokes, rescue techniques, and portaging methods (locally called carries). Link together a network of recreational waterways, which will lead you to the High Peaks Region. Climb mountain peaks, discover high alpine zones on rocky summits, and overcome challenges alongside new friends.
Under the mentorship of experienced NOLS instructors, you will experience the time-tested NOLS core curriculum: leadership, environmental ethics, camping, baking, navigation, map reading, and much more.
With one of the smallest course sizes at NOLS, a 1:3 instructor-to-student ratio, on this course you will receive personalized attention and coaching. You will challenge yourself, gain trust and support from your coursemates, build self-confidence, and develop new leadership skills that will transfer to the rest of your life.
Adirondack Backpacking and Canoeing for 14- and 15-Year-Olds