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Posted on: February 12, 2019

Adventure Risk Challenge Summer Course Application

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Adventure Risk Challenge offers exciting opportunities for motivated high school youth who want a bright future. Your adventure may begin in Yosemite National Park, in the mountains of Tahoe, or in the tall forests of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. You will backpack and go on other outdoor adventures, read, write, improve your academic skills, learn about the environment, and work as a team. ARC summer courses are designed for students who are excited to learn and excited to be in the outdoors. 

High-school students from Avenal will have the opportunity to participate in a transformative outdoor and academic program in Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks this summer. The Adventure Risk Challenge (ARC) summer courses introduce students to the natural beauty of the Sierra Nevada mountains, while challenging them academically, emotionally, and physically. ARC selects twelve students for each of its courses: a 40-day course in Yosemite and a 25-day course in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks.

During the summer courses, students explore the the Parks’ iconic granite rock formations, cascading waterfalls, and alpine lakes, while backpacking, rock climbing, rafting and more. Participants study language arts and environmental science, write poetry and personal essays, and learn to navigate in the backcountry using a topographical map. They return home having learned about stewardship, conservation, and the importance of teamwork. 

Students build their self-confidence and become better-equipped to achieve academic and personal goals on ARC courses. ARC’s intensive curriculum helps prepare students for the independence and academic rigor of college. Participants showed a 10% improvement on SAT English questions on a pre- and post-assessment last year. 

ARC’s courses are offered to students on a sliding scale based on family income, but many students pay less than $50 for their participation. First-generation students, English-language learners, and all students who are motivated to experience a challenging outdoor and academic adventure are encouraged to apply. The summer 2019 program is accepting applications now until April 19. Visit to learn more about the program, watch our YouTube videos and apply for the 2019 Summer Courses online.

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