INDEPENDENCE THROUGH ADVENTURE

"Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit."

Our ETA program is seeded in stepping out of the comfort zone. This requires a leap of faith from the athlete, therefore, they will develop trust. Trust in the process, their coaches, parents, and ultimately themselves. Self-trust develops a mindset which prompts you 'I am capable and I can do anything’. It's a deep belief in one's own overall abilities to overcome and face any situation in life's journey. People that put in the effort to develop self-trust become confident leaders within their life.

Once they find trust within themselves and with our team, their journey to personal growth begins. Personal growth helps us achieve our highest aspirations and it enhances our quality of life. For the special-ability community, there are far fewer opportunities for challenges that inspire growth at their disposal. Learning these hard truths about limited opportunity exposure led us to create ETA.

AFA believes challenges and obstacles are necessary for human growth and development; that is why they are the foundation of this program. ETA consists of an intensive adventure training program that prepares our exceptional athletes and caregiver(s) for our annual adventure trip held in the Adirondack Mountain Range. The purpose of this program is to instill self-belief, determination, purpose, and a place in the community through the immersive and transformative experience of adventure and mother nature.

Through a progressive curriculum that teaches independent kayaking, biking, hiking, fishing, our participants are met with deep rooted fears (such as: heights and swimming in deeper waters) organically. This process allows our adventurers to gain a sense of belonging and the belief that they can accomplish anything in this world. In this program the athletes receive tremendous support from their coaches, fellow adventurers, and parents along the way, but ultimately, the choice to push forward is theirs. The power of choice is what instills that trust throughout the process, but it's the feeling of accomplishment after making that choice to push forward that inspires them to use challenges and their fears as guides to self growth. The growth they receive will translate to life beyond this program and into society.

 

Throughout this 4 month program, we guide our participants through four main phases:


PHASE 1

- Goal setting
- Developing their mantra
- Building trust between coach, family, & athlete

PHASE 2

- Empowering themselves
- Finding self-belief
- Advocating needs/wants
- Obtaining tangible goals

PHASE 3

- Implementing growth mindset practices
- Embracing challenges
- Understanding fear is a guide to growth

PHASE 4

- Earning the feeling of accomplishment
- Teaching the value of adventure and community
- Transforming day to day life

APPLICATION DETAILS

APPLICATIONS OPEN FROM SEP 21ST - OCTOBER 31ST 2022

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY

Scholarship Opportunity: AFA offers program scholarships from 25% to 100%. This percentage is based on the athlete's primary household annual income. This allows us to offer these life changing programs to all individuals with exceptionalities regardless of cost.

  • Attach an official legal document recognized by the IRS to show your income at the end of the application.
  • Before your first application process call we will determine the amount you're eligible for and advise you ahead of time.
  • Once your scholarship amount is determined, this does not mean acceptance into the program. Our team goes through an extensive application process to best determine which athletes are ready for this growth based program full of challenges. This is the hardest part for our team, but with our dedicated resources being limited, this program is capped out at 4-5 adventure athletes.

PROGRAM COSTS

Program Cost:

  • $8,650 - Review the service/itemized list by clicking the button below
  • The list below does not speak to the growth these athletes and families earn and receive throughout the process
  • Remember scholarship opportunities are available to all applicants
  • We have given out a handful of scholarsdhips in the past 2 years to families, so don't let this stop you from opening up this life changing opportunity for your athlete

WHO CAN APPLY

Who Can Apply:

  • Since ''Experience The Adirondacks' is a tier 1 program all adventure athletes new to our organization and programs can apply
  • Ages 13+
  • Able to attend all in-person adventure workshops located in Sarasota county
  • Those looking to experience a life changing adventure with our team!

ADVENTURE COACHES

AFA's Adventure Coaches:

  • In the last 2 years our coaches have achieved a 100% success rate with all our adventure athletes, allowing them to graduate into a Tier 2 program so they may continue their adventure journey full of growth
  • All of our lead Adventure Coaches are experts in their field and have ample experience working with individuals with exceptionalities
  • Our diverse team of coaches have respective degrees and/or certifications that directly apply to the services they are providing (including CPR/First Aid)
  • Our coaches are dedicated and ready to invest in your adventure athlete

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

How many applicants are accepted into this program?:

  • Answer - This program accepts 4 adventure athletes and their families.

Do I have to pay for the program in one payment?:

  • Answer - No, you can pay it in 3 installments the first one being due 30 days after being accepted into the program. The final payment will be due on the 1st day of the program beginning.

Can the date of the adventure change?:

  • Answer - The date for the week long adventure is locked in a year in advance and is always the week of July 4th. Applicants would need to be sure they can miss that first week of July to attend the adventure trip.

What is the coach to athlete ratio?:

  • Answer - A minimum of 1 coach per 2 athletes during workshops, but 1:1 ratio during the adventure week.
What are the travel arrangements?:
  • Answer - Travel arrangements are handled by AFA. We will be flying to the adventure and all the families will be staying in a home together as one big family. Our staff stays in another home nearby during the adventure week.

Do all parents/guardians have to attend the adventure trip?:

  • Answer - No. We do require one parent/guardian (covered in the cost of the program) to attend the adventure trip. We allow 2 parents/guardians to attend the adventure trip and push for this because it is a life changing experience for all. The second parent is not covered under the cost of the program.

What level of athleticism is required by the parent(s)/guardian(s) for the program/adventure?:

  • Answer - The parent(s)/guardian(s) will need to be able to hike at least 4 miles and kayak or paddle board (this activity can be done in a tandem kayak). We offer the parent(s)/guardian(s) to attend the hiking workshops to throughout the program to help push them to grow with their child that way they can experience the adventure together as a family!

What is the weekly time committment?:

  • Answer - On average between workshops, at home growth activities, and their 1:1 adventure training sessions it is around 5-6 hours a week without drive time.

Where are the workshops held?:

  • Answer - Hiking: Celery Fields
  • Answer - Biking: Celery Fields and Payne Park
  • Answer - Fishing/Kayaking: Behind the Van Wesel (there is a shallow kayak drop in for our coaches to be in the water walking while they practice)
  • Answer - Ziplining: TreeUmph
 

FURTHER QUESTIONS?

2022 ETA MEMORIES

To further review the depth of this program, you can visit last years program details page by clicking the button below.

If you are a positive individual that wants to share that energy with our team and our exceptional adventure athletes then please click the button below and apply to volunteer or coach on the next page.

SUPPORT OUR MISSION

Donate to Adventure For All and help us continue to expand these life changing opportunities for all involved. The vision for AFA is to continue to expand our adventurous opportunities all while guiding our adventure athletes to to believe in themselves and chase endless growth! We hope to help every adventure athlete graduate from our highest tiered programs preparing them for our Careers For All program (currently being piloted). Help us show the world the impact a group of people that share a vision can do. Let's come together to get 1000 people to donate $10 a month. BE THE IMPACT.

ETA AWARD WINNING FILM

INDEPENDENCE THROUGH ADVENTURE

"Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit."

Our ETA program is seeded in stepping out of the comfort zone. This requires a leap of faith from the athlete, therefore, they will develop trust. Trust in the process, their coaches, parents, and ultimately themselves. Self-trust develops a mindset which prompts you 'I am capable and I can do anything’. It's a deep belief in one's own overall abilities to overcome and face any situation in life's journey. People that put in the effort to develop self-trust become confident leaders within their life.

Once they find trust within themselves and with our team, their journey to personal growth begins. Personal growth helps us achieve our highest aspirations and it enhances our quality of life. For the special-ability community, there are far fewer opportunities for challenges that inspire growth at their disposal. Learning these hard truths about limited opportunity exposure led us to create ETA.

AFA believes challenges and obstacles are necessary for human growth and development; that is why they are the foundation of this program. ETA consists of an intensive adventure training program that prepares our exceptional athletes and caregiver(s) for our annual adventure trip held in the Adirondack Mountain Range. The purpose of this program is to instill self-belief, determination, purpose, and a place in the community through the immersive and transformative experience of adventure and mother nature.

Through a progressive curriculum that teaches independent kayaking, biking, hiking, fishing, our participants are met with deep rooted fears (such as: heights and swimming in deeper waters) organically. This process allows our adventurers to gain a sense of belonging and the belief that they can accomplish anything in this world. In this program the athletes receive tremendous support from their coaches, fellow adventurers, and parents along the way, but ultimately, the choice to push forward is theirs. The power of choice is what instills that trust throughout the process, but it's the feeling of accomplishment after making that choice to push forward that inspires them to use challenges and their fears as guides to self growth. The growth they receive will translate to life beyond this program and into society.

Throughout this 4 month program, we guide our participants through four main phases:


Phase 1

- Goal setting
- Developing their mantra
- Building trust between coach, family, & athlete

Phase 2

- Empowering themselves
- Finding self-belief
- Advocating needs/wants
- Obtaining tangible goals

Phase 3

- Implementing growth mindset practices
- Embracing challenges
- Understanding fear is a guide to growth

Phase 4

- Earning the feeling of accomplishment
- Teaching the value of adventure and community
- Transforming day to day life

APPLICATION DETAILS

APPLICATIONS OPEN FROM
SEP 21ST - OCTOBER 31ST 2022

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY

Scholarship Opportunity: AFA offers program scholarships from 25% to 100%. This percentage is based on the athlete's primary household annual income. This allows us to offer these life changing programs to all individuals with exceptionalities regardless of cost.

  • Attach an official legal document recognized by the IRS to show your income at the end of the application.
  • Before your first application process call we will determine the amount you're eligible for and advise you ahead of time.
  • Once your scholarship amount is determined, this does not mean acceptance into the program. Our team goes through an extensive application process to best determine which athletes are ready for this growth based program full of challenges. This is the hardest part for our team, but with our dedicated resources being limited, this program is capped out at 4-5 adventure athletes.

EACH PROGRAM COSTS

Program Cost:

  • $8,650 - Review the service/itemized list by clicking the button below
  • The list below does not speak to the growth these athletes and families earn and receive throughout the process
  • Remember scholarship opportunities are available to all applicants
  • We have given out a handful of scholarsdhips in the past 2 years to families, so don't let this stop you from opening up this life changing opportunity for your athlete

WHO CAN APPLY

Who Can Apply:

  • Since 'Experience The Adirondacks' is a tier 1 program all adventure athletes new to our organization and programs can apply
  • Ages 13+
  • Able to attend all in-person adventure workshops located in Sarasota county
  • Those looking to experience a life changing adventure with our team!

ADVENTURE COACHES

AFA's Adventure Coaches:

  • In the last 2 years our coaches have achieved a 100% success rate with all our adventure athletes, allowing them to graduate into a Tier 2 program so they may continue their adventure journey full of growth
  • All of our lead Adventure Coaches are experts in their field and have ample experience working with individuals with exceptionalities
  • Our diverse team of coaches have respective degrees and/or certifications that directly apply to the services they are providing (including CPR/First Aid)
  • Our coaches are dedicated and ready to invest in your adventure athlete

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

How many applicants are accepted into this program?:

  • Answer - This program accepts 4 adventure athletes and their families.

Do I have to pay for the program in one payment?:

  • Answer - No, you can pay it in 3 installments the first one being due 30 days after being accepted into the program. The final payment will be due on the 1st day of the program beginning.

Can the date of the adventure change?:

  • Answer - The date for the week long adventure is locked in a year in advance and is always the week of July 4th. Applicants would need to be sure they can miss that first week of July to attend the adventure trip.

What is the coach to athlete ratio?:

  • Answer - A minimum of 1 coach per 2 athletes during workshops, but 1:1 ratio during the adventure week.
What are the travel arrangements?:
  • Answer - Travel arrangements are handled by AFA. We will be flying to the adventure and all the families will be staying in a home together as one big family. Our staff stays in another home nearby during the adventure week.

Do all parents/guardians have to attend the adventure trip?:

  • Answer - No. We do require one parent/guardian (covered in the cost of the program) to attend the adventure trip. We allow 2 parents/guardians to attend the adventure trip and push for this because it is a life changing experience for all. The second parent is not covered under the cost of the program.
  •  

What level of athleticism is required by the parent(s)/guardian(s) for the program/adventure?:

  • Answer - The parent(s)/guardian(s) will need to be able to hike at least 4 miles and kayak or paddle board (this activity can be done in a tandem kayak). We offer the parent(s)/guardian(s) to attend the hiking workshops to throughout the program to help push them to grow with their child that way they can experience the adventure together as a family!

What is the weekly time committment?:

  • Answer - On average between workshops, at home growth activities, and their 1:1 adventure training sessions it is around 5-6 hours a week without drive time.

Where are the workshops held?:

  • Answer - Hiking: Celery Fields
  • Answer - Biking: Celery Fields and Payne Park
  • Answer - Fishing/Kayaking: Behind the Van Wesel (there is a shallow kayak drop in for our coaches to be in the water walking while they practice)
  • Answer - Ziplining: TreeUmph

FURTHER QUESTIONS?

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY

Scholarship Opportunity: AFA offers program scholarships from 25% to 100%. This percentage is based on the athlete's primary household annual income. This allows us to offer these life changing programs to all individuals with exceptionalities regardless of cost.

  • Attach an official legal document recognized by the IRS to show your income at the end of the application.
  • Before your first application process call we will determine the amount you're eligible for and advise you ahead of time.
  • Once your scholarship amount is determined, this does not mean acceptance into the program. Our team goes through an extensive application process to best determine which athletes are ready for this growth based program full of challenges. This is the hardest part for our team, but with our dedicated resources being limited, this program is capped out at 4-5 adventure athletes.

PROGRAM COSTS

Program Cost: $11,945 - Review the service/itemized list HERE

WHO CAN APPLY

Who Can Apply: We are currently accepting applications from those that can commit to all the bike training workshops in Sarasota county. We are working hard to expand this program and open up more opportunities!

ADVENTURE COACHES

Our Adventure Coaches: All our lead Adventure Coaches are experts in their field and have ample experience working with individuals with exceptionalities. In the last 2 years our adventure athletes have a 100% graduation rate from their program. This has to do with the coaches our organization invest in and in turn their passion to invest in our adventure athletes. 

QUESTIONS?

Questions?: Email StrongerTogether@adventureforall.org

ETA 2022

To further review the depth of this program, you can visit last years program details page by clicking the button below. If you are a positive individual that wants to share that energy with our team and our exceptional adventure athletes then please click the button below and apply to volunteer or coach on the next page.


SUPPORT OUR MISSION

Donate to Adventure For All and help us continue to expand these life changing opportunities for all involved. The vision for AFA is to continue to expand our adventurous opportunities all while guiding our adventure athletes to to believe in themselves and chase endless growth! We hope to help every adventure athlete graduate from our highest tiered programs preparing them for our Careers For All program (currently being piloted). Help us show the world the impact a group of people that share a vision can do. Let's come together to get 1000 people to donate $10 a month. BE THE IMPACT.

ETA AWARD
WINNING FILM

INDEPENDENCE THROUGH ADVENTURE

"Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit."

Our ETA program is seeded in stepping out of the comfort zone. This requires a leap of faith from the athlete, therefore, they will develop trust. Trust in the process, their coaches, parents, and ultimately themselves. Self-trust develops a mindset which prompts you 'I am capable and I can do anything’. It's a deep belief in one's own overall abilities to overcome and face any situation in life's journey. People that put in the effort to develop self-trust become confident leaders within their life.

Once they find trust within themselves and with our team, their journey to personal growth begins. Personal growth helps us achieve our highest aspirations and it enhances our quality of life. For the special-ability community, there are far fewer opportunities for challenges that inspire growth at their disposal. Learning these hard truths about limited opportunity exposure led us to create ETA.

AFA believes challenges and obstacles are necessary for human growth and development; that is why they are the foundation of this program. ETA consists of an intensive adventure training program that prepares our exceptional athletes and caregiver(s) for our annual adventure trip held in the Adirondack Mountain Range. The purpose of this program is to instill self-belief, determination, purpose, and a place in the community through the immersive and transformative experience of adventure and mother nature.

Through a progressive curriculum that teaches independent kayaking, biking, hiking, fishing, our participants are met with deep rooted fears (such as: heights and swimming in deeper waters) organically. This process allows our adventurers to gain a sense of belonging and the belief that they can accomplish anything in this world. In this program the athletes receive tremendous support from their coaches, fellow adventurers, and parents along the way, but ultimately, the choice to push forward is theirs. The power of choice is what instills that trust throughout the process, but it's the feeling of accomplishment after making that choice to push forward that inspires them to use challenges and their fears as guides to self growth. The growth they receive will translate to life beyond this program and into society.

 

Throughout this 4 month program, we guide our participants through four main phases:


PHASE 1

- Goal setting
- Developing their mantra
- Building trust between coach, family, & athlete

PHASE 2

- Empowering themselves
- Finding self-belief
- Advocating needs/wants
- Obtaining tangible goals

PHASE 3

- Implementing growth mindset practices
- Embracing challenges
- Understanding fear is a guide to growth

PHASE 4

- Earning the feeling of accomplishment
- Teaching the value of adventure and community
- Transforming day to day life

APPLICATION DETAILS

APPLICATIONS OPEN FROM SEP 21ST - OCTOBER 31ST 2022

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY

Scholarship Opportunity: AFA offers program scholarships from 25% to 100%. This percentage is based on the athlete's primary household annual income. This allows us to offer these life changing programs to all individuals with exceptionalities regardless of cost.

  • Attach an official legal document recognized by the IRS to show your income at the end of the application.
  • Before your first application process call we will determine the amount you're eligible for and advise you ahead of time.
  • Once your scholarship amount is determined, this does not mean acceptance into the program. Our team goes through an extensive application process to best determine which athletes are ready for this growth based program full of challenges. This is the hardest part for our team, but with our dedicated resources being limited, this program is capped out at 4-5 adventure athletes.

PROGRAM COSTS

Program Cost:

  • $8,650 - Review the service/itemized list by clicking the button below
  • The list below does not speak to the growth these athletes and families earn and receive throughout the process
  • Remember scholarship opportunities are available to all applicants
  • We have given out a handful of scholarsdhips in the past 2 years to families, so don't let this stop you from opening up this life changing opportunity for your athlete

WHO CAN APPLY

Who Can Apply:

  • Since 'Experience The Adirondacks' is a tier 1 program all adventure athletes new to our organization and programs can apply
  • Ages 13+
  • Able to attend all in-person adventure workshops located in Sarasota county
  • Those looking to experience a life changing adventure with our team!

ADVENTURE COACHES

AFA's Adventure Coaches:

  • In the last 2 years our coaches have achieved a 100% success rate with all our adventure athletes, allowing them to graduate into a Tier 2 program so they may continue their adventure journey full of growth
  • All of our lead Adventure Coaches are experts in their field and have ample experience working with individuals with exceptionalities
  • Our diverse team of coaches have respective degrees and/or certifications that directly apply to the services they are providing (including CPR/First Aid)
  • Our coaches are dedicated and ready to invest in your adventure athlete

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

How many applicants are accepted into this program?:

  • Answer - This program accepts 4 adventure athletes and their families.

Do I have to pay for the program in one payment?:

  • Answer - No, you can pay it in 3 installments the first one being due 30 days after being accepted into the program. The final payment will be due on the 1st day of the program beginning.

Can the date of the adventure change?:

  • Answer - The date for the week long adventure is locked in a year in advance and is always the week of July 4th. Applicants would need to be sure they can miss that first week of July to attend the adventure trip.

What is the coach to athlete ratio?:

  • Answer - A minimum of 1 coach per 2 athletes during workshops, but 1:1 ratio during the adventure week.
What are the travel arrangements?:
  • Answer - Travel arrangements are handled by AFA. We will be flying to the adventure and all the families will be staying in a home together as one big family. Our staff stays in another home nearby during the adventure week.

Do all parents/guardians have to attend the adventure trip?:

  • Answer - No. We do require one parent/guardian (covered in the cost of the program) to attend the adventure trip. We allow 2 parents/guardians to attend the adventure trip and push for this because it is a life changing experience for all. The second parent is not covered under the cost of the program.

What level of athleticism is required by the parent(s)/guardian(s) for the program/adventure?:

  • Answer - The parent(s)/guardian(s) will need to be able to hike at least 4 miles and kayak or paddle board (this activity can be done in a tandem kayak). We offer the parent(s)/guardian(s) to attend the hiking workshops to throughout the program to help push them to grow with their child that way they can experience the adventure together as a family!

What is the weekly time committment?:

  • Answer - On average between workshops, at home growth activities, and their 1:1 adventure training sessions it is around 5-6 hours a week without drive time.

Where are the workshops held?:

  • Answer - Hiking: Celery Fields
  • Answer - Biking: Celery Fields and Payne Park
  • Answer - Fishing/Kayaking: Behind the Van Wesel (there is a shallow kayak drop in for our coaches to be in the water walking while they practice)
  • Answer - Ziplining: TreeUmph
 

FURTHER QUESTIONS?

2022 ETA MEMORIES

To further review the depth of this program, you can visit last years program details page by clicking the button below.

If you are a positive individual that wants to share that energy with our team and our exceptional adventure athletes then please click the button below and apply to volunteer or coach on the next page.

SUPPORT OUR MISSION

Donate to Adventure For All and help us continue to expand these life changing opportunities for all involved. The vision for AFA is to continue to expand our adventurous opportunities all while guiding our adventure athletes to to believe in themselves and chase endless growth! We hope to help every adventure athlete graduate from our highest tiered programs preparing them for our Careers For All program (currently being piloted). Help us show the world the impact a group of people that share a vision can do. Let's come together to get 1000 people to donate $10 a month. BE THE IMPACT.

ETA AWARD WINNING FILM