In Outdoor Pursuits, students are encouraged to push their limits both physically and mentally in a variety of outdoor settings, while honing their skills in leadership, teamwork, environmental stewardship, and global citizenship. In the tradition of Kurt Hahn, we seek to learn by doing and develop ourselves and each other not just for the outdoors, but also through the outdoors.
Outdoor Pursuits satisfies PA’s Exercise and Sport requirement with three seasons of offerings for all levels of participants. Groups engage in a variety of activities each season, including exploration of rugged New England, outdoor and indoor rock climbing, backpacking, canoeing, biking, an extensive high and low ropes course, orienteering, first aid, trailblazing, Leave No Trace and more. Throughout the seasons, team-building activities challenge groups to build resourcefulness, self-reliance, and cooperation.
The core program meets 6-8 hours a week (MTWF or MWF) and normally involves at least one weekend overnight trip and one weekend day trip each term. This program introduces a wide range of activities and skills, some of which are time-intensive in their set up, execution and debrief.
A higher-level program offers similar activities but at a more frequent and intense level. In this program, students may take 2-3 weekend trips, with comp time during the week.