La Vida Center for Outdoor Education and Leadership

La Vida's Center for Outdoor Education and Leadership houses six adventure programs. These unique programs provide experiential learning environments that foster character and leadership development to prepare you for life. For over 40 years, La Vida has offered quality programs for churches, schools, and youth organizations in New England and beyond. Programs take place at Gordon, the landscape of Cape Ann, the White Mountains of New Hampshire and Adirondack State Park in New York. Facilities include:

  • A 30-element high and low ropes course in Wenham, MA
  • An indoor rock gym in Wenham, MA
  • A 75-acre expedition base camp in Lake Clear, NY
  • A circuit high course in Lake Clear, NY
  • Hundreds of acres of ponds, trails, and hills on Gordon's campus



Wilderness Adventures for Youth Groups and School Groups
Looking for a distinctive growth experience for your youth group or school group? La Vida can provide you with small-group wilderness adventures that are designed to develop character, leadership, and Christian maturity in a proven and tested, unforgettable format.
Adirondack Expeditions


Experience Adventure at Camp
La Vida Adventure Camp had another exciting summer of rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, ropes course elements, and team-building activities for 11–15 year-olds. The Adirondack Leadership program offers the "next step" for 15–18 year-olds. Read more...


Gordon College Outdoor Education Core Requirement
Gordon students have the opportunity to hike, canoe, or kayak on an two week expedition during the summer or participate in an 8-week challenge course class called Discovery on campus. Both programs fulfill this one of a kind core requirement.
La Vida College Expeditions | Discovery


Adventure Pursuits
The Adventure Pursuits program can help youth and young adults with personal growth, group cohesiveness, leadership development, and more. Bring your class, youth, or school group for a day of low and high ropes course on Gordon's campus. Read more...


Birthday Rock Gym Events
Are you looking for something to do with a group of energetic kids? Give them thrill and accomplishment of climbing to the top of a 20-foot wall. Read more...

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 The La Vida Center's Adirondack Program is proud to partner with Gordon-Conwell Seminary's Compass program on a yearly basis. The two programs have worked together for over 10 years to provide high school students with leadership experiences.

Compass is a leadership development program for high school students featuring an intense month-long immersion component and an extended three-year mentoring component. They partner with churches, pastors, teachers, parents and other church leaders from across the country to identify youth for ministry, equip them for service and mentor them to maturity.