Girls' Wilderness Program Overview
You'll laugh so hard that you can't stop. You'll get to know a group of girls in the kind of "real" way that makes the deepest friendships. You'll learn the outdoor skills that will set you up for a lifetime of adventures.
About Girls' Wilderness
Girls' Wilderness Program courses are designed specifically to help build your wilderness skills and progress with you as you learn outdoor techniques that will set you up for a lifetime of adventure. Wherever you are in your progression, courses will be fun, challenging and full of discovery. You'll see awesome landscapes and have a blast exploring the wilderness with encouragement, acceptance and respect from new friends, mentors and leaders. You'll develop skills you can use every day like unleashing your inner voice and realizing the power within yourself. Best of all, chances are you'll come back full of confidence and feeling inspired to lead a bigger, bolder life.
These courses are for ALL girls! Some girls who come are "outdoorsy", with previous experience camping and hiking, but most come just to do something adventurous and to meet new people.
Never been backpacking? No problem! Good health, basic fitness, and the willingness to give it 100% are important, but girls of all levels of fitness and of all body types have done these courses. Previous backpacking experience is not necessary, except for the Leadership Course.
Make new friends! No better way than doing an adventure together. Most girls come without knowing anybody ahead of time.
What's included in the cost?Don't have gear? We've got you covered! All gear, clothing, boots, etc are covered in the cost. Trip price also includes all food and transportation!
Think you can't afford it? We're committed to making this available to everybody, and we have lots of financial aid. Ask your parents to give us a call.
SafetyYour well-being is the very first priority on our courses. We have an excellent record and strong commitment to making our courses as safe as possible. The Women's Wilderness Institute uses risk management protocols that are considered "best practices" in the field of wilderness programming. At the same time, you should know that, all of our courses are real wilderness experiences, and there are inherent risks whenever you venture into the mountains. Field staff will teach you how to recognize hazards and ways to handle them appropriately so you can be an active participant in keeping safe. All field staff are certified as Wilderness First Responders, an 80-hour training in backcountry medicine.
Ready for adventure this summer?
Check out our 2013 Course Schedule!