The Phillips Exeter Academy

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Phillips Exeter Leadership Expedition

The Wilderness Expedition for students of the Phillips Exeter Academy is a five day backpacking adventure with NOLS for 9th/10th and 11th/12th grade students. On this expedition, students will learn to travel the wilderness using Leave No Trace camping and travel skills. Students will have opportunity to further develop their leadership and teamwork skills while traveling through the backcountry with their peers, a school teacher, and NOLS instructors.

The students will learn the outdoor and leadership skills necessary to lead their peers as they take turns being leaders of the day and taking part in the decision-making processes on trail and in camp.  As students' knowledge, expertise, and abilities increase, the students will take on increasing levels of personal and team responsibility for the technical and interpersonal aspects of the course. Back home, this situational experience will challenge students to be stronger leaders and better role models for their peers.


The Phillips Exeter Wilderness Expedition (PEWE)

Backpack Expedition

Course Dates: November 27 - December 1, 2018
Course Location: Tuscon, Arizona

Travel information:

  • Coordinated by the Phillips Exeter Academy and families

  • November 26, 2018 students travel to Tuscon, AZ

  • December 1, 2018 students travel from Tuscon, AZ on red-eye flights that evening

For more information contact:
NOLS Custom Education
800-710-6657 ext. 2720