Blue Ridge Passage 2023
July 6 - July 10
The Blue Ridge Passage (BRP) is a 5 day co-ed backpacking trip for teens, ages 14-18*, that takes place in the beautiful backcountry of Shenandoah National Park. There is a focus on resilience, personal growth and building authentic connections. Through strenuous hiking, solo time in the wilderness, ritual, and group work, participants have the potential for a truly transformational experience.
The parents and guardians of the youth are all invited to be present for a ceremonial send-off and return. This supports family connections and provides a bridge to help the participants integrate their experience in home life.
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. Groups are limited to 8 participants and 2 guides. We know that spending time in the wild is an essential component of becoming fully human. This trip builds resiliency in teens through a week of primitive camping, hiking up to 40 miles, carrying a heavy pack, and exposure to the elements in the context of natural beauty and intimate community. This kind of experience empowers our young people to know their strength and test their edges with the support of peers and guides.
Our hope is that this trip supports adolescents to grow into authentic adults, inspired and empowered to meet the world’s emerging needs.
*Teens outside the age range may be considered for the trip – please reach out to Chris Wolf with any questions.
Dates: July 6th-10th, 2022
Location: Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
Guides are Springhouse staff members who have extensive experience including wilderness first aid, leading groups, and navigating the backcountry.
We see your financial contribution not as a fee-for-service transaction, but as an investment in our vision and mission. Contributions for all our programs are self-determined and no one is turned away for lack of resources. While we provide cost-estimates and value comparisons for our programs to inform investment, these are not suggested contributions. Please take the time to read a more detailed overview of our generative economic model here.
When determining of your financial contribution, we ask you to consider:
- Program costs: We estimate that on average it costs Springhouse $800 per participant to offer this program. Note: we rely on some folks contributing more because some will need to contribute less
- Program value: We found comparable programs valued at $700-$3,000
- Dream Contribution: How much would you like to contribute if you had the means?
- Personal means: Look at your household budget to see what’s actually possible. We can arrange a payment plan if that is helpful.
- Personal network: Consider the people you might know who can invest in a vision of regenerative culture. Reach out.
To maintain relationship as a foundation of our economic model, we encourage you to reach out to Chris or someone else on the Springhouse team and share your reflections engaging in this process.