An afternoon program for ages 5-12 focusing on outdoor safety & survival skills. Offered on weekdays through the end of the school year.
GEAR LISTS, REGISTRATION, AND OTHER INFO
WHAT WE’LL LEARN/WEEKLY & MONTHLY SKILLS THEMES
Our Afternoon Outdoor Explorers program will run through the remainder of the school year from 2:30 – 5 pm for ages 5-12. This program is designed to maximize the hours after zoom/homeschool when kids need to get outside and exercise. This Afternoon program offers daily bookings, but follows a theme over the course of each month; this way, kids can jump in at any time during the week and still have a chance to learn the weekly & monthly topics we are practicing.
What will we do? Through play, active & experiential learning, we teach kids how to be safe operators in the back country. What we teach largely depends on the season and the weather. Check out our November and December themes below. We meet each child where their needs are; some kids need a slower pace or are younger, while others need more of a challenge. Regardless of how they come to their outdoor skills, all ages can learn the concept of outdoor safety, and we are honored to help guide them on this path.
Coming Soon: Badges and Certification
Coming soon, we will start offering Into the Woods Alaska certificates & badges for kids when they learn new skills. The criteria to earn these badges are that they must show proficiency in the skill 5 times and they must teach someone else. The skills start at the beginner level and as they grow older in the program and are able to dive deeper into the science behind each skill, they will be able to gain higher qualifications accordingly. We hold all youth in our programs to a high standard of respect, kindness, and safety, and kids seeking to earn a badge must strive to meet these ideals in order to level up.
Upcoming Skills Themes:
NOVEMBER THEME: COLD WEATHER SURVIVAL SKILLS
WEEK 1: HYPOTHERMIA / COLD WEATHER SKILLS
WEEK 2: SURVIVING A COLD NIGHT OUT
WEEK 3: THANKSGIVING/REVIEW
WEEK 4: FOOD, WATER, FIRE SAFETY
DECEMBER THEME: WINTER ORIENTEERING
WEEK 1: GETTING/CALLING FOR HELP
WEEK 2: READING TERRAIN
WEEK 3: MAPS
WEEK 4: THE SUBNIVEAN ZONE