Adventure Risk Challenge to connect kids to the outdoors this summer; high school students are encouraged to apply – YubaNet

Adventure Risk Challenge to connect kids to the outdoors this summer;  high school students are encouraged to apply - YubaNet

TRUCKEE, Calif. (March 8, 2022) – According to Selena Lopez Ortiz, a participant in one of the 2021 Adventure Risk Challenge (ARC) summer programs, she learned a lot about herself by hiking, climbing, exploring and exploring. study environmental science and English in some of California’s most iconic natural locations. . “During difficult experiences, I created a new ground with myself by changing my relationship with time, allowing myself to be vulnerable and reflecting on my actions,” she said. The month-long program also helped her learn important lessons about teamwork, resilience and confidence building.

The 2021 ARC Tahoe team backpacks on their second wilderness expedition in Granite Chief Wilderness

Designed to provide immersive outdoor and academic programs for young people who might not otherwise have the opportunity, ARC Expeditions introduce high school students to the beauty of the Sierra Nevada mountains and outdoor recreation experiences. outdoors. From hiking to rock climbing, ropes courses and more, over the course of a month, students learn outdoor skills like backcountry cooking and navigation using a topographic map, as well as the value of teamwork, perseverance and curiosity.

“Over the past 10 years that I have worked with ARC, I have been amazed by the personal and academic growth demonstrated by students who participate in the ARC program. It has been inspiring to watch them attend elite colleges, become leaders in their communities, and champion the protection of the natural environment,” said ARC Co-Director Will Fassett. “On behalf of our entire team, we are thrilled to open the application process for our 2022 programs and welcome a new group of participants to this immersive and transformational summer program that will support their social and academic development.”

ARC Summer 2021 participant Dani Ruiz poses at sunrise at Tinker Knob

Science, literacy and leadership are the pillars of the ARC program, with all elements of the program grounded in learning about the natural environment. By closely examining ecosystems, identifying plants and animals along the trail, and being challenged and celebrated by each other, participants develop skills of observation, reading, writing and public speaking, as well as a broad understanding of what they are capable of.

Since 2004, ARC has had over 350 summer graduates and 2,500 year-round participants. The program provides more than 15,000 hours of leadership, literacy and outdoor education to students each year, its success evidenced by the fact that 81% of participants go on to study at a two- or four-year college. years. Additionally, students experience growth in seven important developmental assets, as measured by the Developmental Asset Profile, including positive identity, social skills, and engagement in learning.

The ARC is accepting applications through April 22 for the 2022 summer programs scheduled in Yosemite National Park and the Lake Tahoe Basin. All current California and Northern Nevada high school students are eligible to apply. These unique scholarship-based programs are offered to students on a sliding scale based on family income, with many students paying just $1 a day to attend.

Valued at $6,000 per participant, the ARC Course Bursaries are made possible through the generous support of corporate and non-profit sponsors, grants and contributions from individual donors.

Learn more about ARC, donate to enable a student to participate, or apply for a summer program at

About Adventure Risk Challenge (ARC)

ARC has been facilitating leadership, literacy, and wilderness experiences for high school students since 2004. In ARC’s outdoor classroom, students have the space to think critically about their stories, their academic challenges and post-secondary aspirations. After scaling peaks, exploring nature and learning new skills, ARC youth envision a brighter future for themselves in school and beyond. ARC’s innovative, year-round programming is rooted in the integration of rigorous academic instruction and outdoor education, and it is truly life changing. ARC inspires young people to become lifelong learners, environmental stewards, and leaders in their schools and communities. Learn more about