Becket-Chimney Corners Leadership Expedition

Credit: Catherine Rocchi

About the expedition

Beyond cellphones, computers, and classrooms lies a wild world in wait. Push the edges of your capabilities and explore a vast and beautiful landscape on the Becket-Chimney Corners Leadership Expedition. 

Lessons in the backcountry are relevant and lasting. You will experience a wilderness few people get to explore, conquer challenging terrain, and dig deep within yourself to rise to the various challenges the Alaskan wilderness presents. 

Over three weeks backpacking in the wilderness you will redefine comfort by testing your physical, social, and emotional limits while learning new skills in an unfamiliar environment alongside your peers. Throughout your journey you'll grow closer to old friends and discover new ones as you converse, play, and learn together in camp and on trail. You'll laugh in raucous camp games and savor backcountry treats like homemade cinnamon rolls, creating memories along the way that will make you smile for years to come. 

When you emerge from the wilderness, you'll be emboldened, confident, and challenge ready. You will not only become a skilled outdoor adventurer, but a passionate and capable leader equipped for future challenges in school, college, and life. 

Students backpacking with one of their instructors through the rugged Alaskan landscape.


2018 Dates

Course dates

June 24 - July 21, 2018 (includes 2-day orientation and 3-day debrief at camp)

Course location NOLS Alaska
Activity Backpacking
Course mileage 50-60 miles
Fly in/out Anchorage, AK
Documents Course Description
  Travel and Logistics
  Equipment List

For more information contact:
Alysa Austin, Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA 
413-623-8991 ext. 178


Rebekah McCluskey, Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA 
413-623-8991 ext. 128