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Crew Adventure

Crew Adventure is our signature overnight program for Crews of NYC Outward Bound schools students, and takes place at our wilderness campsite in Fishkill, NY. We currently offer 1-night, 2-night and 3-night versions of Crew Adventure. The 3-night program includes an overnight backpacking excursion.  

These programs are best experienced in small groups, teams, or within the Crew structure — NYC Outward Bound Schools’ signature advisory structure, typically comprised of 8-16 students and an adult advisor.

About the Program

Set against the beautiful landscape of Sharpe Reservation, this program offers students the chance to connect with nature and one another. During the course, students sleep in small cabins that are clustered together on the campgrounds, and take part in activities that include:

  • Light day hiking
  • Low ropes courses
  • Evening activities – camp fires, night hikes, star gazing
  • Camp craft skills – meal preparation under instructor supervision, navigation, “Leave No Trace” practices
  • Team building activities, problem solving and conflict resolution activities
  • Overnight backpacking (3-day course only)

Program Outcomes

Our skilled instructors foster environments that provide the ideal balance of challenge and support to help students:

  • Build a sense of belonging within their Crew
  • Step out of their comfort zones with courage, perseverance and assertiveness
  • Build confidence and self-esteem
  • Build self-awareness through reflection through self awareness
  • Understand social responsibility among a group of peers

What is Provided?

  • Course Director and instructional staff
  • All meals & snacks
  • Basic lodging
  • All activity equipment
  • All outdoor gear — jackets, boots, sleeping bags, backpacks, etc.

Note: Transportation to and from Sharpe Reservation is not included. This must be provided by the client.

Paperwork Required:

Both Medical & Liability Release forms require parent signature and need to be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to the program start date.

Pricing

2-night Crew Adventure:

  • $5,500 per Crew (15 Students + 1 Teacher)

3-night Crew Adventure (with backpacking):

  • $7,000 per Crew (15 Students + 1 Teacher)

Sample Learning Targets

  • Connection: I can share a connection I’ve made with a Crew member(s). 
  • Collaboration: I can contribute my thoughts when making group decisions and plans with my Crew.
  • InitiativeI can take on a leadership role for an activity, announcement or group decision.
  • Perseverance: I can challenge myself through setting and working towards goals.

Common Outward Bound Practices:

  • Call and Response
  • Briefing & Debriefing 
  • Journaling
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Leadership Roles & Rotation
  • One Mic 
  • Solo

Sample Low Ropes Course Activities

Whale Watch – This activity takes place on a large platform balanced on a central point. The entire group must figure out how and where to stand on the platform without letting either end of the platform touch the ground.

Nitro Crossing – This challenge requires each member of the team to swing from one platform (about 1 foot off the ground) to another platform (about 12 feet away) without touching the ground. This initiative highlights the groups’ problem-solving abilities and communication skills. 

Spider Web – The whole team must get through a human-sized vertical web without touching any strands. This challenge requires a great deal of trust and start-to-finish planning in order to be successful. 

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For more information, contact:

Badari Ambatti, Director of Client Relations
[email protected] 
Office: (718) 706-9900 x125

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