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Teens at Base Camp

15- to 18-year-old Program: Adirondack Leadership

Adirondack Leadership Program

Spend 10 days backpacking or canoeing with other students through the Adirondack Park (NY). Along the way, you’ll learn outdoor camping skills, discover your strengths, develop your faith and build a foundation for leadership. Your sherpas will guide you through a leadership journal to consider about how you’ll apply what you’ve learned. Apply Here ➔


June 28–July 7
July 12–July 21
July 26–August 4
August 14–August 23


The cost of this trip is $750, and includes transportation from Gordon College to the La Vida Base Camp in Lake Clear, New York.

What it Looks Like

ALP trips span four stages: Training and preparation (days 1–3), group expedition (days 4–7), solo reflection (day 8) and celebration (days 9–10). The trip begins by traveling to the La Vida Base Camp in Clear Lake, NY where groups begin by challenging themselves on the ropes course. After a day spent rock climbing outdoors, groups head into the wilderness where they put their newly acquired skills to use in Adirondack State Park. Over several days of backpacking or canoeing adventures, groups discover more about the outdoors as they build character and leadership skills. The trip wraps with an unplugged 24-hour solo period for reflection and goal-setting, followed by a final challenge and a time of celebration and sharing.

ALP in Action