There are so many amazing moments that happen at Avid4 Adventure summer camps—moments like teaching a child to ride a bike for the first time or seeing a kid finally choose to paddle in a kayak after they've explained, in detail, their extreme fear of water, and so many countless others. However, these experiences are not limited to having an impact on just campers. Experiences at camp also have a profound influence on the instructors as well.
We are thrilled to announce the exciting news that, in 2019, we've been ranked as one of Outside Magazine's Best Places to Work for the 4th year in a row. Paul Dreyer, Avid4 Adventure CEO commented saying, "We are again humbled to be on this list and to be in the company of so many other incredible organizations. It's an honor. It's also a testament to everyone who works with Avid4, both our full-time HQ team and our hundreds of seasonal instructors and camp directors. At Avid4, we try hard to create a great work environment—a container—but it's really our people who make it a great place to work."
Topics: Working for Avid4 Adventure
At Avid4 Adventure, we are on a mission to empower kids to choose active, healthy lifestyles in the outdoors. Our vision is to inspire thousands of kids across the country through our outdoor adventure summer camps and programs. A large part of achieving our mission and vision is dependent on other factors. The most important factor is that we are able to provide kids with authentic outdoor experiences—meaning experiences that take place in real, outdoor recreation areas. That also means the public lands in which we operate (and public lands in general) must continue to be public and they must be protected from infringement.
Topics: Outdoor Advocacy
First, we'll start with why. At Avid4 Adventure, we are on a mission to get kids outside. Beyond that, we want to empower kids to choose an active, outdoor lifestyle. Whether it's the magnetic pull of technology and screens, busy parents and guardians, or accessibility issues like living in a city or being part of an underserved population, we know that kids are spending less time outdoors than ever before. School budgets also continue to get slashed meaning extracurricular programs like physical and outdoor education are the first to go. While you may be thinking it's the norm for kids to grow up playing outside and exploring the outdoors, the reality is, that's just not the case. However, it's our mission to change that.
Topics: Day Camp
Chances are, you or someone you know has struggled with a form of anxiety, depression or other mental health problems at some point in life. According to the ADAA (Anxiety and Depression Association of America), 18.8% of adults aged 18 and older in the U.S. experience anxiety disorders every year (that’s about 40 million).1 The ADAA also notes that approximately 6.7% of adults experience depression in the U.S. each year (about 16.1 million) and as many as 322 million people live with depression worldwide.2