- Brooks Letchworth

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

Renaissance Adventure Education Director

WHAT IS

ADVENTURE EDUCATION ?

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.

WHAT IS

WHY

ADVENTURE EDUCATION ?

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.

HOPES AND DREAMS

ADVENTURE EDUCATION

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.

2020-21  

Voyages

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View our Adventure Education Restart Plan for details regarding COVID-19 Considerations. 

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.

Gear lists by grade level can be found in the details to the left.  

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Check out our upcoming trips for Winter and Spring 2021 below!

Junior Winter Voyage - Snowshoeing Cameron Pass

When:  February 3-5  

Where:  State Forest State Park and Cameron Pass, CO

What:  Three days and two nights of winter bliss: we'll be sleeping in cozy heated cabins and adventuring in the nearby mountains each day.  We'll be snowshoeing about 5 miles (roundtrip) to a frozen Lake Agnes below the beautiful Nokhu Crags!  If you have experience skiing or snowboarding, you're welcome to bring skis or snowboard along on the hike for a backcountry skiing/snowboarding experience!  Snowshoes will be provided.  Please dress appropriately, bring two full water bottles, one sack lunch for our first day, and 4-6 small snacks. 

 

Sophomore Winter Voyage - Snowshoeing Cameron Pass

When:  February 9-11

Where:  State Forest State Park and Cameron Pass, CO

What:  Three days and two nights of winter bliss: we'll be sleeping in cozy heated cabins and adventuring in the nearby mountains each day.  We'll be snowshoeing about 5 miles (roundtrip) to a frozen Lake Agnes below the beautiful Nokhu Crags!  If you have experience skiing or snowboarding, you're welcome to bring skis or snowboard along on the hike for a backcountry skiing/snowboarding experience!  Snowshoes will be provided.  Please dress appropriately, bring two full water bottles, one sack lunch for our first day,  and 4-6 small snacks.  

 

9th Grade Winter Day Trip - Snowshoeing (or Day Hike, depending on conditions)

When:  February 17 (Hidden River/Aragon’s Crew) and February 18 (Bear River/Bradley’s Crew)

Where:  Burning Bear Trail, Grant, CO

What:  Let’s get outside and walk in a winter wonderland!  We’ll plan on spending the day hiking, playing in the snow, and team building in the outdoors.  Please dress appropriately, bring two full water bottles, a sack lunch for the day, and 1-2 small snacks. 

9th Grade Spring Voyage -  Rock Climbing at Castle Mountain

When:  March 29-30 (Bear River/Bradley) and April 1-2 (Hidden River/Aragon)

Where:  Wellington Lake, Bailey, CO

What:  Camping lakeside, hiking Buffalo Creek Falls, rock climbing at The Castle...count me in!

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

6th Grade Spring Voyage - Camping Skills and Trail Training 

When:  April 5-6

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, and learn 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.

Senior Spring Voyage -  Rock Climbing at Castle Mountain

When:  April 8-9

Where:  Wellington Lake, Bailey, CO

What:  Camping lakeside, hiking Buffalo Creek Falls, rock climbing at The Castle...count me in!

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


 

7th Grade Spring Voyage - Rock Climbing at Castle Mountain

When:  April 20-21 (Eagle River/Melissa and Britt) and April 22-23 (Snake River/Libby and Tess)

Where:  Wellington Lake, Bailey, CO

What:  Camping lakeside, hiking Buffalo Creek Falls, rock climbing at The Castle...count me in!

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


 

Junior Spring Voyage - Canoeing the Yampa

When:  April 28-30

Where:  Yampa River, Northwestern Colorado

What:  Our most popular high school voyage has always been the canoe trip.  The top-notch river guides at Centennial Canoe Outfitters have given us amazing trips on the Gunnison River in past seasons.  This year, Juniors will be paddling through gorgeous red rock canyons of the Yampa River.  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 it’s best!

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


 

6th Spring Day Trip - Rock Climbing at Castlewood Canyon

When:  May 3

Where:  Castlewood Canyon State Park, Franktown, CO

What:  Rock Climbing and Team Building Activities.  How much fun can you handle?  Prove it!

Please dress appropriately, bring two full water bottles, sack lunch for the day, and 1-2 small snacks.

Hiking boots or athletic shoes are recommended; closed toe shoes are required.


 

7th Spring Day Trip - Rock Climbing at Castlewood Canyon

When:  May 10 (Eagle River/Melissa and Britt) and May 17 (Snake River/Libby and Tess)

Where:  Castlewood Canyon State Park, Franktown, CO

What:  Rock Climbing and Team Building Activities.  How much fun can you handle?  Prove it!

Please dress appropriately, bring two full water bottles, sack lunch for the day, and 1-2 small snacks.

Hiking boots or athletic shoes are recommended; closed toe shoes are required.


 

8th Grade Spring Voyage - Backpacking at Sanborn

When:  May 5-7 (Crystal River/Hanni), May 12-14 (Roaring Fork River/Kevin), and May 19-21 (Uncompahgre River/Rue)

Where:  Sanborn Western Camps, Florissant, CO

What:  Rites of Passage are important milestones in a person’s life, and so is the transition from 8th grade to High School.  On this backpacking trip, we’ll hike about 5 miles a day in the rolling hills and forests of Sanborn Western Camps.  In the quiet backcountry, we’ll seek out solitude and opportunities to look at who we are and who we want to be.  We’ll push comfort zones, connect with our best selves and our crew, and we’ll say goodbye to RSS Middle School.

Please dress appropriately, bring two full water bottles, Day One sack lunch, and 6-8 small snacks.

 

Senior Capstone Voyage - Rafting in Buena Vista

When:  May 25-27

Where:  Bailey and Buena Vista, CO

What:  Wrap up your Senior year at Renaissance Secondary School with an unforgettable rafting trip!  We’ll be camping in Bailey, but rafting the Arkansas River, home to some of the most popular whitewater stretches in North America.  Nothing welcomes you to the wild waves of adulthood quite like a rafting Colorado’s whitewater.  Summon your courage and embrace the adventure!

Please dress appropriately, bring two full water bottles, Day One sack lunch, and 6-8 small snacks.