Middle School and Junior High

THROWBACK FAMILY ROADTRIP

Our Middle School and Junior High trips are open to 6th-9th grade. These adventures are designed to help adolescents build self-confidence and lifelong friendships. Rather than a hardcore backpacking trip, these trips are closer to a family road trip, with all the classic ingredients for self-discovery, genuine character growth and a lifetime of memories.

 

Girls Trip

2018 Girls' Trip Dates: July 2nd-July 17th 

FLY INTO GREAT FALLS, MT AND OUT OF MISSOULA, MT

Video made by Wild Kid, Emma Schaberg

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

GENERAL FRAMEWORK

The adventure begins near the Rocky Mountain Front, where the vast Great Plains meet the iconic Rocky Mountains. Students fly into Great Falls, Montana, where they are met by the Ranch Crew and shuttled thirty minutes to the 120 acre, Wild Spirit Ranch. They spend their first few days on the ranch, acclimating to the new climate and altitude, learning about horsemanship, completing daily ranch chores, and spending time with the 14 horses, 2 donkeys, 21 chickens, 3 dogs, 5 goats, one pack of coyotes and the occasional rattle snake.

From the ranch, the group heads to the Big Snow Mountains to explore the incredible ice caves. Then, they venture to Glacier National Park for camping and hiking in some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world. In the park, students explore climate change firsthand by hiking to melting glaciers and listening to stories from Blackfeet elders and park rangers who bare witness to the dramatic changes as each season passes. When the students leave Glacier, they travel to the heart of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation where they join in pow wow celebrations, complete a service project, and watch the Indian Relays where warriors race bareback on four different horses.

Depending on the dates of  pow wow, after the celebration, the group heads over the famous "Going To The Sun" road to the other side of the mountains where they are hosted by Bill and Linda Brownell in the small town of Polson on the Salish and Kootenai Indian Reservation. Bill and Linda take the students boating on Flathead Lake and provide hours of entertainment with pingpong, basketball and foosball. To finish up the trip, the students travel South to Missoula where they experience class 3 rapids on the Alberton Gorge whitewater raft trip, enjoy a soak in backcountry hot springs and spend their last night sharing stories and appreciations around a campfire before heading home to Hawai'i. 

Please note, on certain years, depending on trip dates and logistics, certain aspects of the above itinerary may not be available

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Boys Trip

2018 Boys' Trip Dates: June 30th-July 15th

FLY INTO GREAT FALLS, MT AND OUT OF MISSOULA, MT

Video by Wild Guide, Noah Pomeroy.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:

GENERAL FRAMEWORK

The adventure begins near the Rocky Mountain Front, where the vast Great Plains meet the iconic Rocky Mountains. Students fly into Great Falls, Montana, where they are met by the Ranch Crew and shuttled thirty minutes to the 120 acre, Wild Spirit Ranch. They spend their first few days on the ranch, acclimating to the new climate and altitude, learning about horsemanship, completing daily ranch chores, and spending time with the 14 horses, 2 donkeys, 21 chickens, 3 dogs, 5 goats, one pack of coyotes and the occasional rattle snake.

From the ranch, the group heads to the Big Snow Mountains to explore the incredible ice caves. Then, they venture to Glacier National Park for camping and hiking in some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world. In the park, students explore climate change firsthand by hiking to melting glaciers and listening to stories from Blackfeet elders and park rangers who bare witness to the dramatic changes as each season passes. When the students leave Glacier, they travel to the heart of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation where they join in pow wow celebrations, complete a service project, and watch the Indian Relays where warriors race bareback on four different horses.

Depending on the dates of  pow wow, after the celebration, the group heads over the famous "Going To The Sun" road to the other side of the mountains where they are hosted by Bill and Linda Brownell in the small town of Polson on the Salish and Kootenai Indian Reservation. Bill and Linda take the students boating on Flathead Lake and provide hours of entertainment with pingpong, basketball and foosball. To finish up the trip, the students travel South to Missoula where they experience class 3 rapids on the Alberton Gorge whitewater raft trip, enjoy a soak in backcountry hot springs and spend their last night sharing stories and appreciations around a campfire before heading home to Hawai'i. 

Please note, on certain years, depending on trip dates and logistics, certain aspects of the above itinerary may not be availab

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