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We’re excited that you want to experience a 2020 high school/college river expedition.

Please complete each section of this application thoughtfully. The questions below have been designed to help us place you on the proper expedition, setting up both you and your entire team for the most powerful and positive experience.

It is very important that you answer each question honestly - in a way that helps us understand exactly who you are. Even if a question seems leading, please know that there are no “right” or “wrong” responses - other than those which don’t accurately represent who you truly are.

We encourage the child who is applying to complete as much of sections 4, 5, and 6 as they can without parental assistance or influence. The references you share with us will answer similar questions, helping us to build an understanding of how you view yourself and how other adult leaders/mentors in your life view you as well.

If you have any further questions, please contact GOALS Youth River Expeditions.


- SECTION 1. YOUTH APPLICANT - BASIC INFORMATION -
Name of the youth applicant: *
Name of the youth applicant:
- SECTION 2. PARENT / GUARDIAN - BASIC INFORMATION -
Name of this child's parent / guardian: *
Name of this child's parent / guardian:
Parent / guardian's phone: *
Parent / guardian's phone:
- SECTION 3. WHICH EXPEDITION(S) ARE YOU MOST INTERESTED IN? -
(listed in calendar order)
Important in the event that it is not possible to secure a spot on your first choice of 2020 expeditions.
Important in the event that it is not possible to secure a spot on your first or second choice of 2020 expeditions.
Will this applicant be applying for need-based financial assistance from GOALS Youth River Expeditions?
- SECTION 4. MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTIONS. -
Section 4 should be completed by the child who is applying with as little parental help as possible. Please read each question carefully, then select just ONE answer choice that best represents you.
QUESTION 1. Grandma and grandpa have a big surprise for you. They're taking you and your cousins - who live far away, and therefore you don’t know very well - on an Alaskan cruise vacation. You are most excited to: *
Please select ONLY ONE answer from the options below.
QUESTION 2. You and your best friend are at the first pep assembly of your freshman year in high school. You are seated in the back of the auditorium, not sure what to expect – when the principal pulls your name out of a hat to come up on stage and lead the entire student body in singing your school’s fight song. You: *
Please select ONLY ONE answer from the options below.
QUESTION 3. You are enjoying a spring break ski vacation in Montana with your family. On the day you are supposed to fly home, a major storm closes down the Denver airport- and the 5pm flight you were supposed to be on cannot leave until tomorrow morning. You: *
Please select ONLY ONE answer from the options below:
QUESTION 4. You have spent six long hours driving to your first campsite in Utah, where you'll stay the night before your river trip begins. As the vans get unloaded, a boy you didn't know before the trip realizes he left his bag in the parking lot where you met this morning. He has nothing more than what he is wearing. You: *
Please select ONLY ONE answer from the options below.
QUESTION 5. During the pre-trip meeting, you asked if it would be OK to bring a pocketknife along on the trip. The GOALS leaders asked you not to, but they don’t know how skilled you are in whittling sticks or how much you enjoy it. One day while looking for a place to set up your tent, you stumble on an expensive Leatherman multi-tool that someone who camped on this beach earlier must have left there. You feel like it’s your lucky day – but then realize it has a knife blade. As a result, you decide to: *
Please select ONLY ONE answer from the options below:
QUESTION 6. On the second day of your expedition, you woke up to the sound of drizzle outside your tent and it hasn’t stopped raining all day. When you finally arrive at your campsite for the night, the mosquitoes are awful. You are most likely to: *
Please select ONLY ONE answer from the options below.
QUESTION 7. For the past few days, you have tried to find the courage to paddle a ducky (inflatable kayak) through the rapids. This morning, there was a single ducky available, and you nervously decided to give it a try. At the very top of your first rapid, you hit a wave sideways and it flips you over. You swim to shore and… *
Please select ONLY ONE answer from the options below:
QUESTION 8. You are on an international GOALS expedition in Chile, and you’re starving. There is a neighborhood market/grocery store just down the street from your hostel, but you speak almost no Spanish. The city you’re staying in is safe, and going into the market alone is not dangerous. Therefore, one of your adult leaders gives you 10,000 Chilean pesos (about $15), and encourages you to go get a snack. You: *
Please select ONLY ONE answer from the options below:
QUESTION 9. Your camp team is in charge of cooking dinner tonight. The guides just called for kitchen crew, but you’re in the final round of a stone-skipping contest. This is how you’re feeling: *
Please select ONLY ONE answer from the options below:
QUESTION 10. Today was a big day – you started with a morning hike, then paddled a ducky through some big whitewater. Now, the sun has set and although it’s not very late, you’re totally exhausted. Your friends are still enjoying the campfire – telling jokes and solving riddles, but you’re having a hard time keeping your eyes open – and the biggest rapids of the trip come tomorrow morning. You: *
Please select ONLY ONE answer from the options below.
QUESTION 11. Yesterday, you were very impressed by your friend as they rowed one of the big, heavy gear boats - so today you decide to give it a try. Shortly after your guide offers you the chance to take their oars, you feel like you might be getting the hang of it. Just then, a very strong headwind comes up and begins blowing your raft upstream. You are most likely to: *
Please select ONLY ONE answer from the options below:
QUESTION 12. The kitchen team this morning cooked up scrambled eggs for breakfast. The eggs had mushrooms in them, and you don’t like mushrooms – so you chose not to eat. Now that you have been rafting for a few hours, you’re starving – even getting a bit shaky. You and a friend are riding on a gear boat that you know has some snacks in the dry box. You: *
Please select ONLY ONE answer from the options below.
QUESTION 13. Your best friend has been asking for three straight days if you’ll be their partner in a double ducky (inflatable kayak). Today is the day that your group will paddle through “Wire Fence” – one of the biggest rapids of your trip. You think you’re ready for it, and spend the morning in a double ducky with your friend to practice paddling together. They’re so excited – and tell you they’re proud of how brave you are. When your group scouts the rapid, however, you decide it looks like too much - and your gut tells you that paddling it in an inflatable kayak is not something you want to do. You: *
Please select ONLY ONE answer from the options below.
QUESTION 14. You just sat down in your camp chair for dinner, and noticed a giant bug with big pinchers crawling directly toward your foot. Your next move is: *
Please select ONLY ONE answer from the options below:
QUESTION 15. It is your last evening in the canyon, and the lead guide is introducing tomorrow's schedule around a campfire. She tells the group about a place where we can pull over in the morning and cliff jump. Everyone seems so excited, but you are terrified – heights are your greatest fear. You: *
Please select ONLY ONE answer from the options below.
QUESTION 16. While taking your tent down on the final morning of your trip, you and your friend each grab a tent pole and begin a make-believe swordfight game. During the game, you accidently break one of the poles by smacking it against a tree. You quickly: *
Please select ONLY ONE answer from the options below.
QUESTION 17. On the last night of your GOALS international expedition in Peru, the community is celebrating a local holiday in their town park that is only a few blocks away from your hostel. Several elders from the village are playing music while a lamb is cooking all afternoon over a large barbeque pit. Your leaders announce with excitement that the group has been invited to participate in this community celebration and experience the traditions it is centered around. You: *
Please select ONLY ONE answer from the options below.
QUESTION 18. When you return from this river expedition, here's what you imagine you'll look like: *
Please select ONLY ONE answer from the options below.
- SECTION 5. RANK THESE STATEMENTS -
Please rank the statements below from "I strongly disagree" to "I strongly agree." *
Please rank the statements below from "I strongly disagree" to "I strongly agree."
This section should be completed by the child applying to participate, with as little parental assistance / influence as possible.
1. I follow instructions. When an adult in a position of authority (teacher, coach, etc.) asks me to do something, I complete it as asked.
2. I am naturally curious. I seek ways to gather new information about the things I find interesting.
3. I am comfortable in the wilderness. Being in wild places without cars, phones, or other conveniences does not scare me.
4. I am kind. I enjoy helping others without expecting to get anything in return.
5. I seek opportunities to grow personally. I work to improve my mental health as I do about my physical health.
6. I am a leader. People look up to me as someone who takes action.
7. I am outgoing. I can socialize and work well with just about anyone.
8. I am trustworthy. Even when no one is watching, I make good choices.
9. I have empathy. I can relate to others in a nonjudgmental and supportive manner even if I don't share their life experiences or problems.
10. I have "grit" - when faced with a difficult challenge, I get motivated to dig deep and succeed rather than get frustrated and give up.
11. I am genuine. I demonstrate sincerity and authenticity through actions and words without hypocrisy.
12. I am physically strong. I can use my body to accomplish tasks that require strength.
13. I use my voice. I advocate for what I believe is right, and speak up when it is necessary - even if it might not be "popular" or "easy."
14. I am self-confident. I believe I can overcome any reasonable challenge that comes my way.
Please use the box below to provide explanation(s) for any answers above you feel need some clarification. This is not required - and only necessary if you feel it is so.
- SECTION 6. SHORT ANSWER RESPONSES -
Please answer the following questions as thoroughly as you feel you need to in order to explain your ideas and opinions.
- SECTION 7. REFERENCES -
GOALS reviews applicants based on their own self-assessment, as well as the information we receive from two adult mentors they choose as references. Please supply contact information for two adult mentors (i.e. teacher, coach, tutor, etc.) to whom GOALS will send a brief referral form as a part of your application process. PLEASE NOTE: AT LEAST ONE REFERENCE MUST BE A NON-FAMILY MEMBER. GOALS would prefer that BOTH references be adult mentors who have worked with this child in adacemic, athletic, or community organization settings (i.e. scouts, church groups, etc.), but we acknowledge that this can be challenging for some applicants.
Reference #1: *
Reference #1:
Reference #1 - phone:
Reference #1 - phone:
Reference #2: *
Reference #2:
Reference #2 - phone:
Reference #2 - phone:
- WAY TO GO - YOU'RE ALL DONE! -
Thank you for your interest in a 2020 GOALS youth river expedition. After reviewing your answers, please submit them using the button below. Once submitted, your responses can not be changed - though you can always reach us through info@goalsonrivers.org.
Date of Application Submission:
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