Wyoming: Wilderness Backpacking Expedition™


Join us for a rugged two-week backpacking experience in Wyoming – a state renowned for its vast wilderness – and support efforts to build and maintain nature trails.
  • Backpack along ridges and trails as you climb mountain peaks
  • Camp out under the stars and the canopy of towering conifers each night
  • Learn the basics of wilderness hiking, including how to read a map, use a compass and Leave No Trace principles
  • Build and maintain trails and support stewardship projects alongside a forest ranger
  • Spot wild plants and animals in their natural habitats

On This Program you will...

Get ready to work hard and play hard in the Rockies! Travel to Wyoming and have a once-in-a-lifetime experience backpacking through the great outdoors in one of America’s last great wildernesses. During your two-week backpacking expedition, you’ll be challenged to navigate high mountain passes, find your way forward alongside your peers through map reading and compass navigation, and spend each night in tents camping under the stars. You’ll also participate in service projects such as trail building, trail maintenance, and environmental stewardship supporting a forest ranger. The goal will be to build your leadership skills during exposure to the elements in the great outdoors.

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Community Service

One of the most essential components of keeping trails free and open for solo travelers and families alike is upkeep. On this program, you will be out in the wilderness, building and maintaining trails to help keep wild areas clean, safe and accessible for nature hikers. As you hike, you’ll begin to get a good idea about the differences between well-maintained trails and those requiring maintenance. You will also support stewardship projects alongside a forest ranger, helping to keep the native environment as pristine as possible for future generations to enjoy.

Immersive Learning

Whether you’re an experienced backpacker or a novice hiker, this program will teach you a lot about hitting trails in the great open wilderness. You’ll learn how to problem solve and plan a hiking route with your peers, overcoming obstacles to reach your destination. Practice the ins and outs of using a compass, reading a map and how to properly cross a river. In addition, you’ll learn how to cook with a campstove (cinnamon rolls, anyone?) and, with a little luck, you’ll spot some incredible wildlife along the way.


This program is an outdoor adventurer’s playground. As you will be backpacking for most of your two weeks on this program, you’ll find new things to explore with every step. You will have a chance to do some rock climbing out among the open skies. Camp each night under starry skies, sharing stories and good food with your new friends. And discover the natural world in a way only backpacking allows for – true and challenging adventure made real with every mile that you earn in those hiking boots.

Dates & Tuition


Wilderness Service Adventure

14-Day Program
2021 Dates
August 02 – August 15, 2021
Duration: 14 Days
Tuition: $5,499
Student/Staff Ratio: 8 to 1
Community Service Hours: 40
Language Hours: N/A
For Ages: 16-19
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Tuition Includes All In-Country Expenses Including:

  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Ground transportation
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • Professional full-time staff and experts
  • 24/7 parent support hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and evacuation insurance
  • Cultural activities, lectures and excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
  • Educational materials

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Custom Group Travel Option

Global Leadership Adventures offers open enrollment on this program to any middle school student who wishes to join any of the summer session dates listed above. Students will meet other teens from around the country and the world who sign up for the same program dates and destination.

Alternatively, this program is also available as an option for custom group travel any time of the year for those looking to put together their own group trip.

GLA Custom Group Travel works with educators, group leaders, or self-led students to create a tailored experience for their specific group of 12 or more students. Select a pre-designed itinerary or select your own countries, themes, and learning objectives. GLA’s service-learning methodology is the vehicle through which students learn, grow and challenge themselves and their fellow travelers; our host communities welcome students’ energy and helping hands.

Leadership and personal growth are the core components of all of our programs, regardless of duration, destination or theme type and can be woven throughout every aspect of the experience through our intentional design as desired by the group leader. Our programs aim to ignite participants to become inspired to be the change.

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