Adventure Grants for lucky teens

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Adventure Grants for lucky teens
Question: Can you tell me more about the Adventure Grants program?

Debbie Demers
Titusville, FL

This year's Adventure Grants group
Adventure Adviser: Sure thing. The Adventure Grants is a program designed by the folks here at Outside to give a group of students the chance to plan and carry out their own expedition. Anyone between the ages of 12 and 17 was eligible to apply, and this summer's winning team--six 17-year-olds from suburban Denver--were chosen by a panel of expert mountaineers and explorers after careful review of all proposals.

Their expedition, an 18-day backpack and canoe trip through Arctic National Park in Alaska, kicked off this past weekend with the group's arrival in Anchorage. Co-sponsored by Hi-Tec, this summer's trip will be supervised by the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), which will provide necessary safety training--i.e., bear-avoidance tips and the like for travel in the North Country. The students themselves, however, established the wilderness route and coordinated most of the trip logistics--chartering float planes, planning meals, and ordering equipment. They'll send back daily reports, audio recordings, and photographs for posting on Outside Online.

Next year's program, although not yet defined in detail, will probably be pretty similar in criteria. Check out the current group's progress on Outside Online and stay tuned for info on what's happening next year.

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