Outdoor Teen Adventure Club

The Outdoor Teen Adventure Club is a low-cost, youth-led club for 6th-12th graders

who want to spend some of their time in an enjoyable and meaningful way.

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In a safe space supported by our facilitators, teens will have opportunities for activity planning, outdoor adventure, creativity, relationship building and developing a group service project. They will leave this club having developed leadership, communication, goal-setting and teamwork skills, along with confidence, positive relationships, a connection with nature, and more.

The goals of Outdoor Teen Adventure Club were designed with the intention that teens can truly Heal, Grow and Be Wild at this unique and pivotal stage in their lives.

Heal

  • Facilitators actively promote a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for all teens
  • The club will foster positive relationship building among teens
  • Program is designed to capture the healing power of both nature and adventure

Grow

  • Designed for practicing leadership, teamwork, communication and reflection
  • Activities intended to foster personal growth
  • Teens are encouraged to challenge themselves and venture outside of their comfort zone

Be Wild

  • A place for teens to bring their whole self
  • Creativity, friendship and play are practiced and encouraged
  • Majority of time spent outdoors connecting to nature

By participating in this youth-led club, teens will have the opportunity to build their resume, grow as individuals and leaders, and have weekly fun adventures with like-minded peers.

Saturday Schedule:
Arrival (Leadership Committee) 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Arrival (General Club Members) 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Club Meeting 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Departure (All Teens) 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Cost Per Week: $5 Registered

2022 Spring Weekly Sessions:

  • March 19 Leadership– This special week is intended for returning teens to brainstorm new ideas and celebrate the start of the semester!
  • March 26 Community– Start building connections through a party planned by our very own teen leadership committee
  • April 2      Innovation– Begin brainstorming ideas for a service project and invent our own crafts and games
  • April 9     Networking– Meet with representatives from different HNC departments and engage in some friendly competitions
  • April 16   Stewardship– Give back by helping with the annual HNC Easter event, then celebrate with a party of our own!
  • April 23   Dedication– Implement the first stage of our service project, and celebrate as always with some adventures of the teens’ choosing
  • April 30   Perseverance– Continue implementing the service project, and learn backpacking and survival skills
  • May 7       Exploration– Adventure to a nearby recreational area for a day hike! Optional Saturday Overnight Experience at HNC ($40)
  • May 14     Reflection– Put the finishing touches on our semester-long service project, and celebrate!
  • May 21     Growth– Throw a grand celebration for the end of the semester! Families and friends are invited to experience camp activities delivered by our teens, and take part in our closing banquet

Teen Leadership Committee:

Weekly 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The Teen Leadership Committee is intended for returning teens who would like an active role in the planning process. They meet with the program leaders weekly to discuss service projects, weekly activities, retreats, and fundraising. This is a great opportunity for teens to develop critical thinking, leadership, and communication skills!

2022 Weekend Retreats

Weekend Schedule:
Arrival: Friday, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Departure: Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Cost Per Restreat: $100

February 18 – 20th: Winter Extravaganza
Open to new and returning teens, this weekend-long winter retreat will provide teens the opportunity to connect with their peers, be themselves in a safe environment, and live in the present. Our agenda will include campfires, ziplining, teambuilding, games, and more along with the opportunities for the teens to plan their own adventure!

May 27 – 29th: Huron River Clean Up
We’ll start the weekend off with a canoeing lesson, learning to cook over a fire, and setting up our tents. On Saturday, we’ll head out to the Huron River to canoe, hike, and give back through river clean up. After returning to HNC, we’ll brainstorm ways to support our own water system and bond together through traditional camp activities of the teens’ choosing. Enroll early – registration is limited to 15 teens.

June 24 – 26th: Global Connections
We’ll start the weekend by setting up our tents, cooking over a fire, and heading out on an evening hike. On Saturday, we’ll embark on our Global Gateway program, where teens will experience life in other countries and develop a greater understanding of culture and inequalities around the world. We’ll spend the night on-site at our very own Global Village, and wrap up Sunday by reflecting on our experiences and tackling some adventure programming.