An Outdoor Program Geared Toward Developing Young Leaders

GSTA Outdoor Academy

The Gold Star Teen Adventures (GSTA) Outdoor Academy is a comprehensive program that is designed to achieve the pillars of GSTA in wilderness settings. Teens will find their confidence through the numerous challenges that the outdoors have to offer, will develop leadership and teamwork skills, will learn the skills of an outdoorsman, and will make lifelong friendships with other teens that have shared the same experiences. The Outdoor Academy Adventures are held every summer, with each component of training spanning one week. The main components of the program cover a broad range of skills. Our introductory adventure introduces teens to outdoor survival and camping fieldcraft, multi-day hiking, wilderness first aid, white water rafting. The second adventure builds on the skills from the first adventure, but focuses on enhancing the skills of new rock climbers. Teens will be exposed to top-roping, mock lead-climbing, rappelling, multi-pitch climbing, and exposure to rescue techniques. Our third adventure is a culmination trip for graduating participants, where teens will hit the back county, hiking some of the most scenic wilderness settings in our country. This entire experience is life changing, and assured to help teens learn about themselves, and learn and develop skills that will serve them throughout their lives.

GSTA Outdoor Adventure 2019

This year Gold Star Teen Adventures (GSTA) will be offering the opportunity for 15 teens to participate in a week of exciting and challenging outdoor activities to include survival training with United States Army Special Forces instructors, multi-day hiking in the Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina, and world-class white-water rafting down the rapids of the Chattooga River. This event will also focus on developing leadership skills and opportunities for personal growth. This is all-expenses paid trip that will start at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and will end in Franklin, North Carolina. Youth will practice and experience exciting outdoor front country and backcountry activities while being individually and collectively challenged with leadership and team building opportunities by qualified and caring staff, instructors, and mentors. Our goal for attending youth is to provide healing, opportunity, character and leadership development, and mentorship. We do this by creating an environment that promotes teamwork, self-discovery as well as social, emotional and intellectual growth. This adventure is a component of the GSTA Outdoor Academy. Teens that aspire to continue to develop their outdoor skills following this adventure will be invited to attend the GSTA Outdoor Academy Granite Rock Climbing Adventure, and the GSTA Backcountry Experience.

GSTA Granite Climbing Adventure

This year GSTA is excited to introduce our newest addition to our Outdoor Academy. The GSTA Granite Rock Climbing Adventure will be held in Pisgah National Forest at the Linville Gorge and Looking Glass Rock NC from June 21 to 27, 2019. The most experienced American Mountain Guide Association Certified Instructors in the Southeast will be our primary instructors and guides. This adventure will expose teens to a number of rock climbing fundamentals to include belaying, top-roping, rappelling, “mock” lead climbing, movement techniques, and will conclude with a multi-pitch climb up the famous Looking Glass Rock. Apart from the challenges of an intense week of climbing, teens will advance their camping skills, and will be challenged through a deliberate leadership experience that will serve them for the rest of their lives. This is an advanced outdoor adventure, and will be by invite only.

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GSTA White Tail Deer Hunt 2019

GSTA White Tail Deer Hunt SC November 8th-11th, 2019