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- 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.


Fall 2022 Trips

6th Grade Voyage - Adventure Sampler & Outdoor Basics 

When: August 15-17

Where: YMCA Camp Shady Brook in Deckers, CO

What: We’ll begin at YMCA Camp Shady Brook on the beautiful South Platte River. We’ll be staying in cabins and enjoying meals provided in their grand dining hall. This voyage is all about sampling different types of outdoor adventures. Students will get a taste of archery, ax-throwing, boating, camp games, fishing, nature art, obstacle challenge course and cliff rappelling; plus plenty more fun and fresh air! We’ll also learn the basics of LNT and being outside. We’re bound to have a blast!

Please dress appropriately, bring two full water bottles, Day One sack lunch, and 2-4 small snacks.

6th Grade Gear List 22-23


9th Grade Voyage - Summiting a 14er 

When: August 16-19, August 23-26, August 30-September 2

Where: Mt. Elbert/ Mt. Massive - Leadville, CO

What: High School is full of challenges, so we'll start off our high school careers by challenging ourselves to summit the tallest peak in Colorado - Mt. Elbert! At an elevation of 14,440', Elbert towers over Colorado's 57 other 14,000'+ peaks, and the views from the top span the entire state. Summiting a 14er should be in every Coloradan's repertoire! If we are feeling especially motivated, there is also the option to summit Mt. Massive - Colorado's 2nd highest peak! This adventure is not to be missed. 

Please dress appropriately, bring two full water bottles, Day One sack lunch, and 2-4 small snacks.

9th Grade Gear List


Junior Voyage - Canoeing 

When: September 6-9, September 12-15

Where:  Gunnison River and Dominguez Escalante Canyon 

What: Our most popular high school voyage has always been the canoe trip. Colorado canoeing on the Gunnison River will spark your sense of adventure with opportunities for hiking and exploring, floating in your life jacket and camping along the river's edge. During this Colorado canoe trip, you will be dwarfed by high walls of red sandstone and shale deposited during the age of the dinosaurs.  The idea of Crew really takes on a more authentic meaning when traveling for days by boat.  Time on the river is magical and unforgettable.  RSS at its best!

Please dress appropriately, bring two full water bottles, Day One sack lunch, and 4-6 small snacks.

11th Grade Gear List

7th Grade Fall Voyage - Camping Skills and Trail Training 

When:  October 4-7th, 11-14th 

Where:  Camp Rosalie, Bailey, CO

What:  Voyages are designed to teach students to thrive in the outdoors, in the classroom, and beyond.  Camp Rosalie provides a fantastic playground and learning environment to this end.  Students will work on the Habits of Crew through physical, mental, and social challenges. We will also learn new outdoor skills while exploring the nearby streams, forests, meadows, and mountains.

Please dress appropriately, bring two full water bottles, Day One sack lunch, and 2-4 small snacks.

7th Grade Gear List


8th Grade Fall Voyage -  Rock Climbing and Cultural Exploration - Bandelier National Monument

When:  November 1-4, November 8-11

Where: Los Alamos, New Mexico 

What:  Rock climbing, hiking, and exploring cave dwellings in a National Park? Count me in! We added this trip to our docket last year, and based on it's success, knew we would keep it moving forward. Students get the opportunity to climb on volcanic basalt cliffs, explore ancient cliff dwellings, see a caldera, and grow closer as a crew! 

Please dress appropriately, bring two full water bottles, Day One sack lunch, and 2-4 small snacks.

8th Grade Bandelier Gear List

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.

See trip descriptions for specific gear lists for each voyage.

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