Prepare. Practice. Prevail.
Mountain Shepherd believes each person, regardless of life experience, can learn to navigate the outdoors and respond to unexpected challenges. Mountain Shepherd provides the training experience you need to embrace life’s next adventure. You will develop a higher level of confidence to enjoy any environment should a wrong turn or change in the weather in the backcountry, a natural disaster or civil unrest in the front country, or the ever-changing business climate turn into a survival situation! Our instructors’ unrivaled technical expertise, passion for teaching & dedicated human touch, prepares YOU for survival.
Girls Empowered by Mountain Shepherd (GEMS) is a program for girls and young women facilitated by Dina Bennett of Mountain Shepherd and our partner non-profit, Wilderness Inspirations. Mountain Shepherd Survival School hosts girls participating in the week-long overnight camp program each summer. The GEMS program gives middle-school and high-school girls the empowering opportunity to learn the seven survival priorities and practice survival skills while surrounded and supported by their peers. Girls also come to GEMS to learn about themselves, their personalities, how they communicate, and how they lead. The backcountry skills for which Mountain Shepherd is known indeed provide surprising connections to the campers’ lives in the “front-country.”
Additionally, Mountain Shepherd’s location and facility provide an excellent basecamp for GEMS campers to begin or continue their empowerment journeys. Girls just beginning their GEMS experience may sleep in a tent for the first time after a couple nights in the cozy bunk-room. Meanwhile, girls who have grown into the advanced courses will pack their backpacks and use the trails on the property to connect to the Appalachian Trail for a new adventure. Whether staying for a week or just using Mountain Shepherd as a launching pad for an excursion, GEMS campers feel welcomed and excited while here.
The series of GEMS summer camps challenges girls to expand their comfort zones through various outdoor adventures, and to dig deeper into their understandings of themselves. Read more about GEMS 1: Shining Bright, GEMS 2: Digging Deeper, GEMS 3: Rock On, and the bridge course for high school students, GEMS: Polishing Up by following the links to the program’s website.
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