Each word in the name Wilderness Leadership & Learning
is purposeful and plays a role in advancing our goals.

Wilderness – The outdoors serves as our teaching and learning crucible. The wilderness allows us to positively challenge WILL youth, to push the envelope and expand their respective comfort zones so that they come to understand there are NO barriers they cannot overcome to achieve their goals. The wilderness also provides a myriad of new experiences for everyone.

Leadership – Leaders say what they mean, mean what they say, and do what they say; they inspire themselves and others to action and to be positive agents of change in their lives and in their communities; they give to others and to their communities. We emphasize that empathy and compassion – caring about the world in which we live and caring for one’s fellow persons – are essential qualities to be an effective leader.

Learning – Each day is a learning opportunity and we all learn from one another. WILL provides new and diverse learning experiences and challenges. Through the program’s learning crucibles, decision-making and life skills increase and curiosity and appreciation for trying new things and not being afraid of the unknown expands.