In the fall and the spring, the Walkabout backpacking experiences
encourage students to look within, challenge themselves and
build a supportive community. In the fall, we spend a week
in the Catskill Mountains. In the spring, we look back on
the year's accomplishments from the Adirondack Mountains.
The students learn how to transfer the lessons they learned
in the wilderness to their lives back home. There are, also,
two other reasons for the backbacking trips. First of all,
it's fun. Second of all, it's their gym credit.
"This is the most amazing way
to get gym credit!"
North Salem High School
Walkabout has really opened my eyes to the whole world. On
the backpacking trip in the Catskill Mountains, I had many
important insights into my life and I also developed a wonderful
sense of respect for the beauty and power of the natural world.
Walkabout Students descending Mt. Marcy, with panorama of
mountains in the distance.
During the fall wilderness backpacking trip in the Catskills, students gain confidence and create a strong community for learning.
A butterfly welcomed these students on the top of Blackhead Mountain in the Catskills.
During the spring wilderness trip to the high peaks region in the Adirondacks, students relflect upon their accomplishments during the school year. This group climbed Slide Moutain.
Slide Mountain, with Gothics Mountain, another peak students climb on the trip, in the distance.
The wilderness trips help students find the strength and maturity to gain clarity about their goals for the future.
The wilderness trips give students the opportunity for something else: having some fun while gaining gym credit for graduation!