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Pillars of Our Program

Pillars of Our Program

Healing

We believe that by bringing together youth in environments where they can have fun and develop relationships amongst mentors and other Gold Star youth, we afford them the opportunity to interact with others that have experienced similar emotional trauma.

Mentorship

We are committed to providing quality and enduring mentorship to Gold Star Youth. All camps have qualified and screened mentors composed of active and retired special operations service members, military academy students, Gold Star Adults, and patriots from the community. The purpose of our mentors is to coach, teach, and act as healthy role models.

Leadership & Character Development

The themes of leadership and character development are especially important in our outdoor and scuba adventures. Gold Star high school sophomores, juniors and seniors will have the unique chance to not only learn about leadership styles and applications, but put these behaviors in action through collaborative team experiences working with peers.

Opportunity

We believe that each of these children are very uniquely wired given their pedigree and that adventure is likely a big part of who they are. Unfortunately with the loss of a parent, these youth may not get the same experiences that they would have. We want them to have very unique, safe, and professional opportunities to challenge themselves.

Patriotism

GSTA is proud to be able to serve the youth of those who were servants themselves. Those that have given their lives for others, and their families, understand sacrifice, duty, honor, and a love of country. We seek opportunities to recognize these heroes, to respect our flag and National Anthem, and to create an environment that builds on the foundation of patriotism. 

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