“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” --John Muir
The Outdoor Program at Community School is one of the largest in
the Northwest and has been an integral part of the
school since its
Through challenging and inspiring outdoor experiences, the Community School Outdoor Program supports the school’s mission by
fostering personal growth, teamwork and leadership; strengthening the
relationships that are unique to our school; teaching wilderness
skills; and providing opportunities for students to develop a love for
Community School students climb mountains and cliffs, run river rapids, explore
wild coasts and deserts, and live in snow shelters. These experiences
are natural extensions of classroom learning. Through these adventures
students develop the confidence to take risks and overcome challenges
and adversity. The trips build and nurture the relationships that are
the cornerstone of a Community School education. Outdoor trips teach
wilderness skills and help students to develop a love for wild places
and environmental ethics that can enrich their lives and those of
others. Community School believes wholeheartedly that the outdoor
program not only promotes academic success but also helps students
develop insights about themselves and the world that help them on their
journey to adulthood. Embrace the adventure.
Click here for Outdoor Program trip details.
OUTDOOR LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
Furthermore, building on 35 years of incorporating outdoor education into the
Community School experience, the Outdoor Leadership Academy was designed in the fall of 2011 for students
who wish to take their outdoor leadership expertise to a higher level. The Outdoor Leadership Academy allows students to develop
the skills, experience and certifications to lead outdoor trips.
Leadership Academy was created for students whose primary goal is to develop
their overall leadership abilities and who understand the leadership skills
they develop on outdoor trips can be transferred to any setting,” stated Outdoor
Program Director, Rob Landis.
Leadership Academy is open to Upper School students by application. This year, 10 students have recently been admitted to the program including freshmen
Anders Fortuin, Will Harder, Jack Swanson and George Elliot; sophomores Taylor
Adler and Nick Wright; and juniors Gunnar Ohlson; Zach Lindahl, Maranda Stopol
and Ellie Swanson.
students are required to complete a core wilderness curriculum that includes
courses in Wilderness First Aid, CPR, Wilderness Navigation, Expedition
Planning and Leadership, and Leave No
Trace. Students must plan and lead trips, perform wilderness-based
community service, and present a wilderness resume and portfolio.
students select and complete one of the following specialized skill-based
sections, each with its own requirements: Mountain and Rock,
Travel, or River.
In addition to
support from experienced faculty members, students will be mentored and advised
by community members who include some of the finest alpinists, rock climbers,
river experts, and backcountry skiers in the country.
Sun Valley has an
incredible array of outdoor experts, and the Outdoor Leadership Academy hopes to
connect students with these experts through the mentor program and community
successfully complete the Outdoor Leadership Academy curriculum receive a
certificate of completion and create a professional quality wilderness resume
as part of their capstone project.
“Our new boarding
facility will allow high school students from around the country who have an
interest in outdoor leadership to come to Sun Valley and experience the wealth
of opportunity found in the mountains, rivers and wilderness surrounding our
school,” stated Landis.
information, please contact Rob Landis at 208.622.3955 ext. 121 or by email at