Despite the challenges the team of backpackers faced, Turning Winds was pleased to approve the trip. The hiking and venturing trips that Senior Executive Vice President John Baisden and other staff take with students are excellent opportunities to build character and educate students on numerous practical matters. Teens learn wilderness skills, experience biology and geology first hand, and get to enjoy and appreciate the beauty of nature. In addition, students can learn many important interpersonal and individual skills, as these tasks rely on cooperation, collaboration, discipline, and communication among the members of any given wilderness trip that Turning Winds Academic Institute takes its students on.
Asked about the lessons students can learn on these trips, John Baisden stated, "The teachers of Turning Winds and I have the opportunity to help those who go on these trips overcome a tough challenge. Hiking for miles isn't easy; we help them create within themselves the attitudes they need to overcome challenges. Hiking and backpacking is a real world accomplishment that they not only think about but experience and accomplish as individuals and as a team."
The trip was an opportunity for many therapeutic assignments to help the students internalize and verbalize what they learned and were experiencing as the trip went on. The kids covered 19 miles of trail in one day and displayed a great deal of maturity, discipline, and drive to accomplish this successfully.
Said John Baisden of the excursion, “This was a great trip. Our students were able to visit a new part of nature that they hadn’t seen before, gained new skills, and improved upon and maintained skills that they already had. Many of the group members have already said that they look forward to our next trip.”