Yellowstone Backpacking Adventure is an introductory backpacking course specifically designed for 14-16 year old students. This 8-day adventure focuses on preparing students to safely navigate and enjoy wild backcountry environments on foot while teaching them fundamental outdoor skills such as cooking, camping, and map and compass navigation. Students will be challenged physically—at appropriate introductory levels—and will hike with moderately heavy packs in remote mountainous terrain. While on course, the team will engage in lessons about Leave No Trace® land stewardship principles, and students will learn how to communicate effectively and work together to accomplish common expedition goals. Each student will have an opportunity to lead the group as the Expedition Leader of the Day to gain experience with newly acquired leadership skills. For more information about MWS core curriculum and expedition progression see Expedition Life.