YSOA inspires and develops leadership, compassion, responsibility, respect for the environment and commitment to serve through adventure-based wilderness experiences led by the most skilled, safety-conscious staff.
YSOA Core Values:
Challenge and Adventure
Challenge is an action that requires special effort. Adventure is an exciting and remarkable experience that involves uncertain outcomes and acceptable risks. Coupled with careful instruction and preparation, YSOA instructors and staff encourage participants to build individual self-esteem and self-reliance through responsible risk-taking and hands-on involvement.
Compassion and Service
Service is an active expression of valuing our common humanity, our diversity, and the natural world. Compassion is a heartfelt caring connection to each other and the world around us. Compassionate behaviors and a service ethic encompass both giving and receiving. YSOA teaches compassion through active participation within a team structure and often through service projects.
Social and Environmental Responsibility
Social and environmental responsibility instills in students a sense of integrity that results in choices and actions that have a positive effect on society and the environment.
Character development means developing capacities of mind, body, and spirit to better understand one’s responsibilities, to self, others, and community. Key areas of development are:
The ability to go beyond self-imposed limitations
Acceptance of responsibility
Learning Through Experience
Learning through experience is an educational process based on action and reflection. Experiences are intentionally designed, presented, and reflected upon to instill values and promote skill mastery.