Some of our trips here at The Road Less Traveled are geared toward older, high-school age students—but there are also many experiences available for some of our younger travelers, ages 12-14! Starting group travel early is helpful in the same way learning another language early is beneficial—the sooner we start, the more quickly we learn and the more natural it becomes. Our middle school summer programs are a great introduction into the world of life changing travel.
Picture this: Our group of students grades 6-8 spend 15 days together in Florida learning how to scuba dive in the Red Reef State Park, where we explore the underwater world of colorful coral and a rainbow of fish. We take another dive to see the sunken ruins of the USS Copenhagen, volunteer and help protect sea turtles, and later sea kayak through southern Florida’s winding Mangroves—an unique ecosystem that’s both peaceful and fascinating.
Or maybe we head to Denver, Colorado for 5280′ Adventure, where we saucer ride down sand dunes, white water raft through the Arkansas River, and swim in bubbling hot springs. Over the course of this 13 day journey, we’ll also volunteer at a wolf sanctuary (video) and an alpaca farm, climb rocks in a national forest, and learn how getting a little uncomfortable and trying something new (and sometimes a little scary) can actually be a wonderful, life-changing experience.
A few things to keep in mind
Here’s the thing: There are some things you can learn in school, from television, and, of course, from the internet. Our world is one where information is only a few short clicks away. But how often can we say we went scuba diving to see a sunken ship? Or volunteered time to help make our world a better place, all while exploring and climbing and being outdoors—truly alive? You just can’t Google that.
Still not sure what to do or where to start? Our summer programs range in length, location, subject matter, and age range. Check out our middle school summer programs, and then the next step is yours: take the leap and pick a program!