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Teens at Base Camp

15-18 Year-old Program: Adirondack Leadership

Adirondack Leadership Program

Spend time 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 how you’ll apply what you’ve learned. 


June 25–July 3 (9-day trip)
July 10–July 18 (9-day trip)
July 24–August 1 (9-day trip)


The cost of this trip is $700 (9-day trip)  and includes transportation from Gordon College to the La Vida Base Camp. Financial aid is available. Please contact the to inquire.

What it Looks Like

ALP trips span four stages: Training and preparation, group expedition, solo reflection and celebration. The trip begins by traveling to the La Vida Base Camp in Lake Clear, 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.

Parent Review

“Both of my children attended the Adirondack Leadership Program and had great experiences on their respective adventures! They are both so glad they were challenged in ways that exceeded their known capacities. It brought growth and maturity in each of them–in their faith journey, in their thinking skills, and in their physical exertion levels. It was an experience that exceeded our expectations and we are so happy they each had the opportunity to build their self-confidence through the program.” — Vanessa Barker, parent of 2017 participants

ALP in Action