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Youth Leadership Institute overview

The purpose of AML’s Youth Leadership Institute is to provide a fun and adventurous experience that cultivates age appropriate competencies in middle schoolers’ development.

This weeklong program is packed with a variety of adventures each day and is sure to keep your student learning and growing while having fun outdoors. From hiking and navigating to rock climbing and rappelling, your student is sure to have an unforgettable week of adventure- all the while experiencing personal growth and gaining valuable life skills.

Program Details

  • 2019 Dates:

    • Session 1: July 8-12

      • Monday- Thursday: 9am-4pm*

      • Friday: 8am-4pm**

    • Session 2: July 15-19

      • Monday- Thursday: 9am-4pm*

      • Friday: 8am-4pm**

  • Age(s): 11-14

  • Cost: $500

  • Program Elements: Rock Climbing and Rappelling, Backpacking, and Hiking

  • Location: Drop-Off and Pick-Up at Boone Greenway

  • Equipment: Participants will need clothes appropriate to each day’s weather- to include a rain jacket (with hood) when necessary. Additionally, each participant will need two 32 oz. water bottles and a backpack suitable for day hikes (with enough capacity to carry two 32 oz. water bottles, rain gear, extra layers, snacks, and lunch).

AML provides all the technical equipment necessary for each day’s programming.

  • Food: AML provides an energy rich lunch as well as snacks for each day’s programming.

targeted Program Outcomes

Through fun and engaging adventure programming, each participant will experience growth in the areas of:

  • Emotional Development

  • Self-Evaluation

  • Cognitive Development

  • Team Development and Cooperation

  • Interpersonal Relationships

To understand more about these outcomes are achieved, please click here.


Sample Itinerary

8:30: Student Drop-off Begins

9:00: Welcome and Icebreaker

9:15: Orient and Distribute Gear for the Day

9:30: Depart for Climbing Site

10-12: Rock Climbing Foundational Skills

12-1: Lunch and Leadership Lesson #1

1-3: Rock Climbing and Rappelling

3:00: Reflection and Leadership Lesson #2

3:45: Return to Boone Greenway

4:00: Student Pick-Up Begins

*Students may be dropped off as early as 8:30am, and may be picked up as late as 5pm.

**Students may be dropped off as early as 8am and may be picked up as late as 5pm.