The CRMS Wilderness Orientation session is designed to introduce students to the school’s values and philosophy. This ten-day backpacking trip also serves the important role of creating a shared common experience through service, teamwork, challenge, and adventure. The skills taught on Wilderness not only benefit students on subsequent outdoor adventures,
but also provide valuable lessons and strategies that will help them better approach everyday life at CRMS and beyond.
During wilderness orientation, groups camp and travel in local wilderness areas for ten days. The first three days are devoted to a service project with the U.S. Forest Service to maintain and improve backcountry trails. The remainder of the adventure entails a week-long backpacking expedition traveling on- and off-trail through mountainous terrain.
The expedition leaders are CRMS faculty members who are qualified and experienced outdoor educators. Although the program is physically and mentally demanding, no previous backpacking or mountaineering experience is required. Students learn to take care of themselves and other group members while living and working together in a new environment. Because exploring and living in these new environments contain risks, risk management training and awareness are important components of this and all CRMS Active Curriculum activities.
In summary, CRMS Wilderness Orientation welcomes students to CRMS and delivers intentionally targeted competencies that lead to a more confident, competent adulthood. Below, you will find the comprehensive CRMS Wilderness Primer, which is mandatory reading for all new CRMS students and families.
Preparation is key to a safe and successful outdoor or backcountry experience. Participants on Wilderness should read all of the information below and submit the Wilderness Questionnaire and the complete New Student Medical Packet (which can be found in your School Admin portal).
Taking the time to fully understand what you need to attend to before arriving at CRMS will help make your Wilderness Orientation session experience more enjoyable and the busy beginning of the year less hectic.
If you have questions or are in need of more information, please contact Darryl Fuller
, the Outdoor Program Manager, or Beth Smith
, Parent Relations Manager.
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