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Once Upon A Time…

After a week full of emotionally heavy topics in Chicago, it was time to head south for a little Southern hospitality. The students would spend the last portion of their domestic travel in Eastern Tennessee with the Once Upon A Time organization, learning about the Cherokee…

Seeing Things Differently

For most, a trip to Chicago means traffic, shopping, and fun. The Gap class of 2014 experienced all of that with their weeklong trip to Chicago, but also so much more. Through a retreat hosted by the Brother David Darst Center, the students were able to…

Class With A View

Our time in Utah was short, but each day left a lasting impression on the students. From the landscape we traversed to the service we completed, it was obvious that the wide open spaces of the desert southwest taught us much and challenged many of our…

Exploring The Alluring Southwest

After an adventurous first month in the Midwest, the 2014 Gap Experience class was ready for our next chapter. Similar to American pioneers of old, we geared up for a trip out West. In our case, it only took a few days, there were less oxen…

Sisu: Finnish for “Life-Force”

The leadership course through Outward Bound was jam-packed with lessons and adventure — hiking, rock climbing, camping, kayaking, and more. But as the students finished up their sea kayaking¬†expedition on Lake Superior, Outward Bound still had a few exciting things planned before we could graduate from…

Kayaking on Mighty Lake Superior

When one is preparing for a two-week sea kayaking expedition, many thoughts dance through the mind — anticipation, fear of the unknown, pure excitment, uncertainty about the fickleness of Mother Nature, and a confidence known only to the adventurous. As the 2014 Gap Experience class geared…

Our First Week

Hello Friends and Family! We successfully completed our first week here at Outward Bound in Northern Minnesota. The leadership course put on through Outward Bound saw us jump right in to the wilderness for some rock climbing and hiking. There were bugs, mud, and rain almost…