Elevation is a multi-day outdoor course for youth ages 14-18.
Williamsburg Learning schools contract with Williamsburg Adventures, LLC to provide students the opportunity to gather with their mentors and peers in the incredible mountains and canyons of the Southwest. Their purpose in gathering is to become elevated in their leadership and relationships.
Physical activities vary by location and season and may include rock climbing, rappelling, ascending, canyoneering, survival, archery, astronomy, yoga, and more.
We believe that nature is an indispensable teacher for youth. Elevation takes us out of our day-to-day activities and places us in direct contact with mentors, peers, and the natural environment, causing us to engage in introspection and ponder the meaning of life. We often come away from activities in nature with a deepened sense of our own existence and a more profound respect for life.
Nature also has a perfect accountability system. It does not bend to our whims. It will produce abundantly if nurtured, but it refuses to be coerced.
Nature teaches us the importance of physical and mental preparation, and it helps us develop the ability to rapidly adapt to changes. In natural environments the consequences of one’s choices are immediate. Rock climbs, canyoneering expeditions, simulations, physical competitions, team challenges, and rappels have a way of bringing out students’ natural leadership abilities. They learn to be responsible for the food, water, physical safety, and emotional health of themselves and others. They get used to high-risk situations and learn to perform under pressure. Their endurance, physical and mental strength, balance and agility are tested and enhanced. They also gain insight into their lives and relationships during guided solo time in nature, away from other students and far away from iPods, makeup, video games, and cell phones.
Elevation is open enrollment, subject to the following guidelines:
- Students must be between 14 and 18 years old by the end of the academic year.
- Students must have been at LAU for at least 1 semester of Williamsburg Learning before attending Elevation. LAU 8th graders cannot attend the May session even if they are 14, the soonest they can attend is the August session before their 9th grade year. Incoming students may attend the May session if they have completed Fall term with LAU. LAU will pay for one session of Elevation for students each year.
- Students must be in a state of sound mental, physical, and emotional health, and be prepared for vigorous physical and mental/emotional activities. If you have questions about physical readiness, email email@example.com.
- Students who wish to participate in May Elevation sessions must complete four or more high school courses during Winter Semester, and students who want to participate in August Elevation must be enrolled in four or more high school courses for Fall Semester. Exceptions are granted on a case-by-case basis; inquire by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that for purposes of this requirement, May Elevation is part of Winter Semester, and August Elevation is part of Fall Semester. Students do not need to take summer courses to participate in Elevation.
Students may earn 0.5 PE credit (per session) at their school by attending and fully participating.
Schedule & Cost
Elevation is typically held between the months of May and August, and is part of Winter, Summer, or Fall Semester, depending on the timing of the course. Cost is $500 per student. LAU will pay for one session of Elevation for students each year. Students may attend additional sessions but will need to pay for them themselves.
We are unable to offer volume discounts for families with multiple students attending.
Refunds for Elevation are available 45 days prior to the first day of each Elevation session. No refunds will be given for cancellations inside 45 days. This is because we incur the costs for Elevation several weeks ahead and are not able to recoup these costs inside the 45 day window.
2018 Sessions in Veyo, Utah
- May 6 – 10
- May 13 – 17
- July 29 – Aug 2
- Aug 5 – 9
Equipment, Travel and Other Details
Elevation Outdoors creates a unique website for each session that lists all details, including location, equipment, schedule, activities and workshops, travel, facilities, academic assignments, etc. A link to this site is emailed to parents and students so they can prepare.
How to Register
Register for Elevation at your Williamsburg Learning school in the same way you select your other courses.
Here’s what students have to say about Elevation
“I have never been in such a place where I could be myself and not have to worry about being laughed at for not fulfilling others’ standards.” Bradley, Class of 2013
“My favorite things about Elevation was the simulation that we did and the people that I met, and the mentors that were there!” Kenzi, Class of 2013
“The best thing about Elevation was the environment. The kids were so friendly and open, such great teamwork opportunities, we weren’t so pressured with time, there were chances to be alone for personal thought and meditation.” Joseph, Class of 2013
“When we didn’t want to do a hard challenge, our new friends would gently push us and help us past our wall of fear.” Kirsten, Class of 2012
“The aspect of Elevation I enjoy most is that it gives me the chance to get in touch with the real me; and not only that, but I get to see the real character of my classmates throughout everything, too. To see a classmate saying a prayer before bed, or making friends with someone who feels left out, or to just really care; those are all things that might be witnessed at Elevation that have affected me.” Andrew, Class of 2011
Here’s what parents have to say about Elevation
The best thing about Elevation is “the excitement and vision our child had afterward and knowing the mentors and other students personally gave life to the class experience.” Corina C.
The best thing was “the growth that my daughter experienced in realizing that she could do more than she thought.” Dianna B.
Get the inside scoop on Elevation by reading this letter, written from the perspective of a parent who attended Elevation as support staff!