Mission

We use the outdoors, including wilderness canoe trips, to create a transformative environment in which our youth develop life skills, social competencies, and resiliency, thereby fostering their own personal success. We partner with our youth, supporting them as they carry these skills and successes forward to manage the complex challenges of their lives.

Vision

We will empower youth who face barriers in their lives to identify their unique and individual strengths and to build their capacities to chart positive futures for themselves and their communities. We will advocate for our youth and build broader support for alternative, dynamic approaches to youth development.

Values

Equality and social justice

We recognize that the youth we work with often face significant barriers in their lives and we pledge to work with them to create a more equitable and just community and society.

THE POWER OF THE OUTDOORS

We believe that physical and outdoor activities are potent venues for self examination, challenge, success and memorable shared experience.

STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES

We will strengthen communities from the individual up by working with youth to create a ripple effect. To ensure our ongoing relevance and impact on youth, we will actively engage our community stakeholders.

LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE

We believe in the value of constant learning as an important way to grow as individuals, grow as an organization and to remain relevant and responsive to the needs of our youth.

THE IMPORTANCE OF MENTORING

We believe that role modeling healthy interpersonal interactions will teach youth positive alternatives and informed problem solving. By providing intense staff support, we will foster a strong one to one relationship between our youth and staff.

ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

We believe in learning about, respecting and ensuring the sustainability of the outdoors.

SENSITIVITY TO PERSONAL SITUATIONS

We seek to be responsive to and understanding of each young person’s talents, situation, life influences and barriers to help them find their own voice and plot a course for a series of successes.

DISCOVERING UNIQUE, INDIVIDUAL GIFTS AND STRENGTHS

We work to help youth to recognize their abilities and feel worthy, capable, important and appreciated. We encourage youth to use their abilities to achieve small successes they can take forward to achieve greater successes in their lives.

To say that it changed my life would be an understatement
— Wade, Youth Participant