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

2019 Girls' Trip Dates: July 1st-July 15th 

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

Video made by Wild Kid, Emma Schaberg

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Travel Information


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 Snowy 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 bear 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.

To finish up the trip, the students travel South to Missoula where they spend their last night sharing stories and appreciations before heading home to Hawai'i. 

Boys Trip

2019 Boys' Trip Dates: June 30th-July 14th

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

Video by Wild Guide, Noah Pomeroy.

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Packing Information


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 Yellowstone National Park for camping and hiking in some of the most geologically unique landscapes in the world. In the park, students will have the opportunity to learn from biologists about Yellowstone’s biodiversity and the role wolves play as a keystone species. Then, they will head into the Beartooth wilderness, a breathtaking sub-alpine ecosystem with dramatic peaks and glacial valleys. When the students leave the greater Yellowstone region, they travel north to the heart of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation where they join in pow wow celebrations and watch the Indian Relays where warriors race bareback on four different horses.

To finish up the trip, the students travel South to Missoula where they spend their last night sharing stories and appreciations before heading home to Hawai'i.