Take the opportunity to step back in time with famous explorers like David Thompson, Merriwhether Lewis or William Clark! As SOLE’s interdisciplinary expedition-based program, adolescents and young adults are able to explore and develop leadership, academic, and outdoor skills in a novel and empowering manner – through an actual backcountry expedition!
GAP Experiences SM posses a 14 day expedition-based model supported by a dynamic interdisciplinary curriculum allowing a unique opportunity to develop life and outdoor skills that reach beyond the norm. Specifically, participants are able to develop skills related to expedition-based living and travel while also learning about the environment and history of the landscape that they are traveling within. As part of this SOLE Experience SM, SOLE works with our partners to offer accredited academic coursework and outdoor certifications! Coupled with our placed-based GAP Experience SM curriculum as the foundation and consistent interaction with their peers, participants are able to accomplish project and expedition goals that provide additional opportunities to practically apply what they are learning, while developing a sound sense of belonging. All coursework is dependent upon time of year and specific expedition location.
Summer and Winter Expeditions:
Summer 2016 – Thompson, Lewis, & Clark Expedition
Dates: September 14th – September 27th, 2016
Location: Cabinet Mountains | Missouri River, Western Montana
Recommended Ages: 17-25 + y/o
Cost: $1699 SOLE Member | $1799 Non-Member
Credits Available: Yes. (3) Credits total. (1) Credit of Outdoor Leadership | (1) Credit of Outdoor Education/Physical Education | (1) Credit of American History or (1) Credit of Environmental Science. Additional credits possible, and other expenses may apply.
Certifications Available: Yes. (1) Leave No Trace Trainer.
Winter 2016 – 2017 – Selkirk Mountain Expedition
Dates: TBA Winter 2015 – 2016
Location: Selkirk Mountains, Idaho
Ages: 17 – 25 y/o +
Cost: TBA SOLE Member, TBA Non-Member
Credits Available: Yes. (3) Credits total. (1) Credit of Outdoor Leadership | (1) Credit of Outdoor Education/Physical Education | (1) Credit of Ecology. Additional credits possible, and other expenses may apply.
Certifications Available: Yes. (1) AIARE Level 1 Certification.
By providing clients our individualized and novel approach to program design and facilitation, student outcomes include accelerated academic comprehension, as well as, learning opportunities / activities well beyond the norm! That is what you can expect from any SOLE Experience SM. With supporting a positive learning expedition mindset participants work in concert to support over arching goals and learning objectives, grounded on the SOLE 4 Care Philosophy SM. This allows our days to be filled with fun and adventure!
GAP Experiences may require pre and post coursework from SOLE Academy SM to cement lesson objectives and learning targets, including those concepts taught “in the field” . This also ensures that students meet standards and course expectations.
Program curriculum delivered in the field is thematic in nature and supporting lessons are tailored to the season and environment that students are living and traveling within. Specific credits offered are listed in your student paperwork. Please feel free to request more information during your registration and/or consultation.
- Outdoor Leadership
- Leave No Trace
- Wilderness Medicine
- Outdoor Living & Travel Skills
- Mountain Ecology
- Forest Ecology
- Desert Ecology
- Winter Ecology
- Snow Science
- Avalanche Education
- Mammal Tracking
- Human History
Program days and times and other logistical needs are specific to each course and time of year. These details will be listed in your course paperwork.
Sample Program Schedule – “In the Field”:
Day 1 – Meet and load vehicle/trailer; drive to site location
Day 2 – Day 13 – Expedition living and travel; experiential education lessons
Day 14 – Load vehicle/trailer; drive to drop-off location.
Sample Daily Schedule – “In the Field”:
8:00-9:30 AM – Breakfast and break camp
9:30-10:00 AM – Morning briefing with Leader of the Day (LOD) team; GAP Experience SM curriculum lesson(s).
10:15 AM – Morning experiential application; adventure-based activities
12:00 PM – Lunch
12:30 PM –GAP Experience SM curriculum lesson(s); afternoon experiential application; adventure-based activities
3:30 PM – Arrive and set-up camp
4:00 PM – Personal time
5:00 PM – Dinner
6:00 PM – Debrief with LOD team
*All times are approximate and subject to change
Where to Meet:
Meeting place will be based on specific course location, so please reference your student paperwork. This will also be our drop off site. Changes may be made accordingly.