- Brooks Letchworth

You can only Google so far; sometimes you just have to go.



Adventure Education is all about growing as a person. More specifically, it’s about the kind of person it helps you become. Mindset is defined as “the established set of attitudes held by someone.” The most basic goal is to build positive attitudes when faced with challenges. Adventure Education encourages self-reliance overall.

Adventure Education helps students learn how to work together, support each other, and solve problems. The natural world becomes the classroom, offering rich opportunities for authentic learning. Through diverse and dynamic outdoor experiences, Adventure Education fosters student engagement, empowerment, empathy, and respect for self, others, and the environment.




Not only does Adventure Education help to build a sense of crew at our school and beyond, it also honors different kinds of intelligences and interests.  We recognize the importance of teaching the “whole child,” which means that students engage in more than academic learning.  Adventure Ed. is a natural avenue for students to access 21st century skills such as creativity, communication, problem solving, global awareness, civic responsibility, systems thinking, health/wellness, and resiliency.   

Students benefit from Adventure Education through empowerment, collaboration, building trust and empathy, mindfulness, and acquiring the essential skills for safe and sustainable utilization of the outdoors.  Another important goal of Adventure Ed. is to cultivate an understanding of environmental systems and gain perspective about our human impact on the planet.




The voyage experiences build from year to year, so that a sixth grader learns basic skills, while a seventh grader would take more ownership by exploring youth leadership and more advanced mountaineering. By eighth grade, students are given more responsibilities to plan the voyages.

High school students have much of the planning responsibilities for their own voyages, but with more freedom to choose destinations and programming.  High school trips will start to focus out of state and internationally in the coming years.

Further goals include offering multiple voyages each year, with some focusing on adventure and others that are driven by content.

A Student's Reflection

In this documentary, created for his Senior Capstone Project, Jackson Miller '20 reflects on his voyages and the benefits of outdoor education.

The Senior Capstone Project is a highlight of the senior year experience at Renaissance Secondary School. It is the culmination of a student’s education, encouraging students to think critically, problem solve, and integrate their full academic knowledge into a meaningful and personal project.



All students are required to have a current sports physical on file in order to participate in overnight Adventure Education voyages. A current Sports Physical is one that has been completed within one year of your child's voyage date. 

Typically summer is a great time to make an appointment with your child's physician for a physical exam, especially if your child's voyage is in the fall.


Gear Lists

Gear Lists are subject to change depending on the needs of specific voyages (location, season).  Colorado weather is unpredictable and sometimes severe.  It is best to be prepared in terms of survival gear, while also discerning which items to avoid in order to minimize pack weight.


Students should be responsible for Voyage packing.  Longer voyages often include a gear check prior to leaving so that students have an opportunity add anything they've forgotten.    


Renaissance does maintain a limited inventory of select gear;  in the event your child needs to borrow an item please request the item with your child's teacher prior to gear check.

Stay tuned for class gear lists for each voyage.