Parent F.A.Q.

 
 
 

Who are the instructors on my teen’s trip and what are their qualifications?

Lex and Graham, both educators during the school year and Wilderness EMTs, will be leading the teen backpacking trips. Read their bios here.

 

 

Are all of the other instructors and teens LGBTQ+?

Yes, everyone that participates (instructors and youth) are LGBTQ+ identified.

 

 

What will my teen be eating on this trip?

We have a delicious and nutritious menu planned for this trip.  If your teen has any dietary restrictions or allergies (or intense dislikes), please let us know so that we can accommodate them.

The Venture Out Project  trips are a phone-free zone.  Part of what is so special about a Venture Out trip is that for the duration of the trip we are fully present on the trail and with our tripmates.  Cell phones can disrupt the bonding and immersion that happens when we are on the trail.  We understand that for some being away from phones can be the biggest challenge of the trip.  In order to ensure the best possible experience for your teen we ask that you refrain from contacting them except in the case of an emergency.  We provide all parents with an emergency contact number.

 

 

Will I be able to call/text/email my teen when they are on a Venture Out Project trip?

The Venture Out Project  trips are a phone-free zone.  Part of what is so special about a Venture Out trip is that for the duration of the trip we are fully present on the trail and with our tripmates.  Cell phones can disrupt the bonding and immersion that happens when we are on the trail.  We understand that for some being away from phones can be the biggest challenge of the trip.  In order to ensure the best possible experience for your teen we ask that you refrain from contacting them except in the case of an emergency.  We provide all parents with an emergency contact number.

 

 

What happens in case I need to reach my teen for an emergency?

We will provide you with our emergency contact number in advance of the trip.   
 

 

 

What happens if my teen gets injured on a trip?

All Venture Out Project instructors are Wilderness First Responder certified and well-trained in assessing and treating injuries that occur on the trail.  Depending on the severity of injury we will either treat on scene, and or/evacuate the teen to the nearest hospital.  We will contact the parents/guardians immediately.
 

 

 

Will someone help my teen manage their medication/allergies?

We can help with reminders, but we ask that your teen be able to self manage their medication/allergies.

 

 

Is someone available to pick my teen up/drop them off at the airport/train/bus station?

We can pick your teen up at any transportation hub within an hour's drive of our meeting location for an additional fee.

 

 

Can my LGBTQ+ teen’s sibling/friend/ally go on a trip with them?

The Venture Out Project exists to create a safe and welcoming space for members of the LGBTQ+ community.  For the comfort of the other participants, we are asking that everyone be LGBTQ+ identified. However, a “Bring your Ally Trip” is in the works!  Contact us for more details.  

 

 

Will all of the other teens know each other?

Teen are coming from all over, and in most cases will not already know each other (and will be very excited to meet other LGBTQ+ teens!)

 

 

My teen has never backpacked or camped before.  Will they be the only one?

Our trips are designed to be beginner friendly and we will show them everything they need to know!  Our participants will come from a wide variety of experiences. They will not be the only one who has never backpacked or camped before.

 

 

My teen sometimes has a hard time in new social settings.  What does The Venture Out Project do to help with this?

We will do everything we can do to ensure your teen feels welcomed and a part of the group.  Creating community is one of the primary goals of The Venture Out Project.  Everything that happens within our trip will be done together….from cooking groups to sharing tents.  It is amazing what bonds can form in just six days.

 

 

How do I apply for a scholarship?

The first step to applying for a scholarship is to sign up for a trip.  On the sign-up page you'll see a question that asks if you are applying for a scholarship.  Click yes on that box.  When we receive your sign-up form we'll contact you about how to proceed to the scholarship application.  Note: We understand that your registration may be contingent upon receiving a scholarship and there is no commitment on your part until you've gone through the scholarship process.  

 

 

Have TVOP employees had background checks?

Yes, all employees of The Venture Out Project have passed the Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check.   

 
 

Still have more questions?

 

Policies & Guidelines

 
 

Inclusion conversations

Some of us have met before, some of us will be meeting everyone for the first time.  TVOP trips are about building community and finding new friends.  So let's do our best to make sure our conversations are welcoming to everyone. 

phones

Part of what is so special about a wilderness trip is the fact that we are away from the normal distractions and activities of daily life.  To preserve this we ask that you please not use your phones on the trip other than as a camera.  

 
 

Substances

There is a strict no alcohol policy on TVOP trips. Smoking of any kind must be done away from the camping area and the group. (Absolutely no smoking allowed on youth trips). 

Know your Limits

The Venture Out Project adheres to the Challenge as Choice principles. By coming on this trip you are choosing to challenge yourself.  We are here to support you in that challenge and in return we ask that you know your limits and make sure that you are challenging yourself within your stretch zone and not into your panic zone.

Administering Hormones on the Trail

We recommend that you work with your physician to adjust the timing of your shot so you can do it before or after the trip because it is challenging to have a completely sanitary setting while backpacking.  However, if that is not possible, it is feasible to do your shot on the trail.  We ask that you carry a spare needle and syringe in case one gets broken.

 
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Classic vs. Experienced

To ensure you have the best trip possible, please review the two trip levels we offer and plan your wilderness in accordance with these levels. If you have specific question or concerns about a trip we offer, please contact us.

 
 
 

classic Trip

No prior experience needed

  • Average: 6 miles/day
  • Lunch: 30-40 minutes
  • Breaks: Typically one 5-10 minute break per hour. More often if necessary. 
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours per day
  • Terrain: Gentle, no more than 500'-1000' elevation gain per day.
  • Camp: Arrive around 3pm.                   

Experienced TRip

TVOP Advanced backpacking trips are physically and emotionally challenging.  They are designed to push you.  In order to ensure participant and group safety, all participants must have previous backpacking experience and have demonstrated ability to handle long days on the trail.  If this does not sound like you, please check out our classic trips.

  • Average: 10 miles/day
  • Lunch:15-20 minutes
  • Breaks: Typically one 10 minute break every 2 hours. More often on difficult terrain. 
  • Hiking Time: 8 hours
  • Terrain: Varied, rough terrain, could include 2000'-5000' elevation gain.
  • Camp: Arrive around 4-5pm.
 
 

Custom Trips

Custom trips allow you to tailor the experience to fit your group. The staff at The Venture Out Project will work with you to develop the right experience for your school/team/group/family/GSA/club.  You may be looking for a way to develop cohesion within your organization, you may want people to learn specific skills, or you may just be looking to bring a group of friends into the woods to have a good time out in nature.  Whatever the intent, The Venture Out Project can help you design the trip of your dreams and we'll take care of all of the logistics and safety issues so all you have to do is enjoy your adventure .

Examples of a custom trip:

  • 7-day school backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail
  • Backcountry skiing in the Rockies
  • 3 Day backpacking trip to the White Mountains
  • Mountain biking in Moab or the Tsali trails in North Carolina
  • Teambuilding workshop on a high ropes course in Vermont

Contact us to start planning your custom trip: travis@ventureoutproject.com