Meaningful Relationships with Outdoor Mentors – Youth Share Out!

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One of the core themes of our Outdoor Explorers program is the building and strengthening of meaningful relationships with self, others and the natural world. After participating in an Outdoor Explorers Trip, over 90% of youth express feeling closer with peers and adult mentors.

Our youth were asked to reflect on their time spent with Outdoor Explorers Adult Mentors on our recent White-Water Rafting camping trip.

The youth had a lot to say.. check it out! 

“They were super engaging and shared some awesome stories” – Elly, Outdoor Explorer 

“I like the guidance they gave and they reassured me when we were rafting” – David, Outdoor Explorer 

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“They treated us like we were capable of taking care of ourselves and wanted us to have fun” – Joleen, Outdoor Explorer 

“The outdoor mentors inspired me. What they do is the type of thing I would love to do as a career.” -Aubury, Outdoor Explorer 

“The outdoor mentors were fun as always. I always learn something new every single time I am with them.” -Jeremy, Outdoor Explorer 

“My favorite part about the mentors was that I felt comfortable being able to ask for help/have someone to talk to” – Natalyia, Outdoor Explorer 

“They were very mindful” – Julie, Outdoor Explorer 

“All the adult mentors were super friendly and super funny. I really enjoyed playing card games and talking to Jenna in the van.” – Hillary, Outdoor Explorer 

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“I enjoyed getting to know and talk to the mentors because they are very reliable, kind, cool, and inspirational people” – Bella, Outdoor Explorer 

“I like how the mentors respected our boundaries and gave us space while also really prioritizing our safety.” – Gracy, Outdoor Explorer 

“The mentors have funny stories about life” – Amy, Outdoor Explorer 

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“They brought a really positive vibe” – Allison, Outdoor Explorer 

“The mentors were really fun but also really good at organizing things.” – Jade, Outdoor Explorer 

“My favorite part of hanging out with the mentors was learning how to white water raft with them.” -Arlette, Outdoor Explorer 

Thank you to our Outdoor Explorers Adult Mentors for being such a special part of our outdoor trips. We thank you for your time and contribution to our program! 




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