GOALS youth river expeditions are unparalleled in their combination of methods, setting, and objectives. This is not just an outdoor education program built on a rafting platform. Rather, the GOALS experience is centered around our innovative curriculum that leverages the power of a wilderness river expedition to create connections and metaphorically teach life lessons that last long beyond the take-out.
Skillfully created by professional educators and river guides - then attentively honed through 10 years of expeditions and thousands of river miles - the GOALS journal does much more than just develop outdoor skill sets and provide academic enrichment opportunities outside of the traditional learning environment. Multiple versions have been written - differentiated specifically for the canyons where we are delivering it and for the age of the kids using it to learn and grow. This allows kids from age 10 through college to grow through a single GOALS expedition close to their home, or to return for multiple journeys on the most revered rivers around the world. In either case, the time they spend exploring with GOALS will forge new connections to the things we think matter most – peers, planet, and self. This is our mission, and it serves as the north star we follow when honing the curriculum that sets us apart.
The unique activities and metaphorical life lessons that wild rivers and our curriculum combine to offer GOALS participants encourage imaginative discovery, build individual confidence, and generate a strong sense of camaraderie among groups who bond throughout the experience. We are proud of the positive impact our expeditions have on the kids we serve, and will continue to ensure that the growth which comes from a GOALS river expedition is available to every interested child. After all, every kid needs GOALS.