How You Can Participate in Adaptive Wilderness Adventures
Like nothing you have ever experienced…
If you are interested in an extraordinary adventure you have come to the right place. Please email email@example.com or call (250) 979 3941 for more information.
Participating in an Adaptive Wilderness Adventures (AWA) trip is like nothing you have, or will, ever experience. The satisfaction you will get, the awe struck moments, the achievable challenges, the sense of being part of a whole, the hilarious dynamics of your new AWA family, the increased connection to nature, and pure joy and calm you will feel are difficult to describe in words. lets plan a trip so you know what we mean.
THE TRIP PLANNING PROCESS
The planning process takes time. From getting to know you, your wants, needs and goals to planning the logistics, the earlier the better to start this process. CRIS AWA trip planners thrive on working WITH you, after all we are a team from the very first steps of planning to the last day of the trip. With that said we are more than happy to plan the trip for you if you prefer to be surprised and/or are not interested in trip planning. Or if you are a novice we will be happy to walk you though the whole process. whichever route you choose we keep open lines of communication the whole time. We encourage you to ask your friends and/or family to come along for the trip- after all having fun and experiencing these moments with family and friends is what it’s all about!
You are asked to cover the basic costs of the trip (food, camping fees, travel costs, park permits etc.) All of our time is volunteer from planning to the trip itself. In the early planning phase we will provide you with an outline of what we project costs will be so we can adjust plans according to your budget. later, once we have booked and bought what is necessary we give you the final number.
What to Expect Before, During & After Your AWA Trip…
You may find yourself nervous or scared of the unknown and the “what ifs”
CRIS AWA trip planners are there to answer ANY question you have. We have heard it all so please don’t be shy. There are no stupid questions, except the ones you don’t ask! So if you have questions like the following, please just ask your Trip Planner/Leader at any time.
- How will the bathroom situation work?
- Where will I sleep?
- I have a lot of stuff to bring, who will carry it all?
- Am I gong to be cold/hot?
- What if I have a medical emergency?
- What should I wear/pack?
- What is typical weather for that time of year where we are going
- Will there be bugs?
This is going to be AWESOME. Whether this is your first Adaptive Wilderness Adventure trip ever, or you are a seasoned explorer this trip will be different from anything you have ever experienced. You are part of the team and like everyone on the team everything you do is your contribution and this is what makes you an integral part. Each trip is unique as is every persons so likewise each team members role will be very different from camp mom to jokester, or plant and wildlife guru and campfire story extraordinaire; what each person brings to the team is as important as the next.
As all members of the team will notice: depending on your social, emotional, cognitive and physical capacities, and numerous other factors that make you unique you will experience things differently than others. You may feel some forms of discomfort, anxiety, fatigue etc. The key is to self monitor and have caregivers trained to notice any cues. Terrain can be rough, trails long, weather unpredictable and as we stress to all of the AWA team members your physical and emotional comfort will likely be challenged at some point during your trip.
You are going to need some rest time when you get home, the length of time will depend on your individual needs. Don’t go rushing back to your routine right away, give yourself some time to not only physically rest but absorb and reflect on what just happened. As you adjust back to the “real world” you will think “That was pretty AWESOME!” Enjoy that, and most importantly take those positive emotions, new sense of self, and strength everywhere you go, you worked hard on your AWA trip so the absolute last thing it should do is get you down now that you are back to your “regular life.” Every AWA team member feels the same way when the trip is over but the key is to hang on to the positives and translate them into everyday life; look ahead while remembering hurdles you overcame, use that to motivate you in the present moment.
Your memories will last a lifetime so carry them with you in your heart and mind.
Even when you embark on your next AWA trip it will be a whole bright and shiny new experience! that’s the magic of it!