In the summer of 2007 Avalon Park & Preserve initiated its Outdoor Leadership and Environmental Stewardship Program. The brainchild of Avalon director Katharine Griffiths and school teachers Steve Gessler and Doug Elliot, this program was created in an attempt to get youngsters into the outdoors and connected to the environment in which they live. It is our goal that this program will offer students the opportunity to experience the outdoors in new ways and to instill a sense of curiosity, responsibility, leadership and ownership within their own community and the world community at large. We hope this program will serve as a stepping-stone to a lifetime of leadership and exploration.
There is a work component to this program and students will be expected to complete assigned projects throughout the course and time will be given each day for mandatory journaling. Students should expect to participate in group discussions and projects as well as individual tasks.
Students should be aware that they will be participating in outdoor physical activities and a moderate level of physical fitness will be necessary in order to participate fully and comfortably.
Selection into the program constitutes the awarding of a scholarship to the participant – no costs shall be incurred by the students.
Parental permission is mandatory for participation.
Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from Avalon Park. Transportation to offsite programs will be provided from Avalon Park to destination and back.
A selection committee will review all completed applications and a shortlist will be compiled. These applicants will be required to attend a brief interview with the selection committee after which final selections will be made. Selected participants will be notified by mail.