La Vida Expeditions provide wilderness-based experiences that encourage exploration of one’s personal relationship and commitment to Jesus Christ in the context of Christian community. This 12-day expedition takes place in the Adirondack Mountains of New York which boasts six-million-acres filled with sparkling mountain streams, quiet lakes and challenging peaks. It’s the perfect environment for growth, adventure, self-discovery and growing deeper with God. View our photo journal ➔
La Vida Expeditions fulfills the Common Core Requirement. A La Vida Expedition is within the physical limits of anyone of normal health, and the majority of students come with no prior camping, canoeing, or backpacking experience. The supportive, small-group environment will encourage you to achieve more than you ever dreamed possible.
La Vida helps students prepare for a successful transition into college by building a sense of connectedness and community before they even begin. In the context of the outdoors, students learn how to lead and contribute by challenging themselves to break out of their comfort zone and by spending time alone in God’s Word. Faith is deepened and friendships are formed, setting a firm foundation of support for the college years.
What it Looks Like
Training begins with group initiatives/team-building games and ropes course. Skills & Activities include minimum-impact (Leave No Trace) camping skills, rock climbing, rappelling and backpacking, canoeing, or kayaking. Participants are trained with the skills that will allow them to become more self-sufficient later in the trip.
Using skills acquired during the training period, your patrol will execute a short expedition apart from your La Vida instructors. This is typically referred to as finals, and it lasts 1–2 days. The La Vida Sherpas remain in close proximity to your group, but provide enough space to "test" participants on their knowledge of the various wilderness skills taught earlier in the expedition.
The solo is a two-day period free from distractions, worry, and responsibilities—a chance for you to think, pray, fast, read your Bible, write in your journal, and plan future goals without life's usual interruptions. Participants are regularly checked on throughout the course of the solo by the Sherpas.
One or two challenges and surprises fill out the final days of your Adirondack Expedition. Time will be given to contemplate and celebrate the events of this powerful experience and how it applies to your life. Groups take advantage of La Vida's 75-acre property located just miles from Lake Placid.