The Blue Ridge Passage is a co-ed, week-long backpacking trip with a focus on leadership and personal discovery taking place, this year, in the beautiful Shenandoah National Park.* Through strenuous hiking, solo time in the wilderness, ritual, and connection with peers and guides, participants have the potential for a truly transformational experience. *For returning participants, we will be hiking a new route.
Registrants will receive a detailed packing list; having appropriate gear is critical. If you do not have access to the necessary gear, Springhouse staff can help you secure what is needed.
Parent/guardian components: The trip will start and end with a ceremonial send-off and welcoming home from parents/guardians and families of the participants. Additionally, the parents/guardians and Springhouse staff members will gather on the night that their teens are on their solos to explore about the parent’s/guardian’s role in raising adolescents and to hold space for their children.
Please reach out to Sarah Merfeld with any questions.
Blue Ridge Passage is a Coming of Age program for youth ages 14-18
Dates: July 11th-15th, 2022
Location: Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
Program Leaders: Sarah Merfeld and Chris Wolf
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We aim to dismantle the notion of education as a commodity by radically shifting the way we see money. Please review Springhouse’s Economic Model for transparent information about our budget. Please consider what you can invest in this program.