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ERIC Number: ED200365
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Sep-9
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Project Adventure Summer Trip--June 25-July 16, 1972.
Smith, Mary
With 7 adult sponsors, 40 students from 4 Massachusetts high schools participated in a successful 3-week-long summer trip in Maine. Intended to provide students with realistic challenges to help them gain a sense of pride and accomplishment, the program took one group of students down a Maine river and the other group on an 800-mile bicycle trip to Canada and back. Both groups then met for hiking, climbing, and a three-day solo wilderness experience. Cost to each student was $60; total cost to the project was $2900, excluding gear and salaries. During the trip, informal evaluation by the adults resulted in immediate adjustments of the program when possible and in improved plans for the next summer's program. Results of a formal follow-up questionnaire sent to student participants indicated that 38 of the 39 respondents were glad they had participated. Twenty-seven felt the relationships they formed were the most important aspect of the trip. Other important elements were the physical challenge, the new skills, the co-ed environment, and the natural beauty. Most of the students kept a log of their experiences, including the solo which they all thought was valuable. The staff was pleased with the cohesiveness of the diverse group. (SB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Project Adventure, Hamilton, MA.
Identifiers: Hiking; Maine; Project Adventure; Solo Experience; Wilderness Education Programs