Adventure Fridays

Adventure Fridays Create the Right Balance Between Academics, Social, and Fun!

Though Academics are the most important thing we do, it’s essential students have balance through social events and getting out and having some fun! Each non-holiday Friday, we hold adventures and activities throughout the state.

Here’s how it works: all of our online academics happen Mon-Thurs. Then on Fridays, we get out and have fun through Outdoor Adventures (Fall Semester), Leadership Adventures (Winter Semester), and statewide activities like school dances, our Winter Spectacular, our Elevation Youth Summit, and more!

We offer Outdoor & Leadership Adventures throughout Utah in the following locations:

  • Cache (Cache & northern Box Elder counties) 
  • Weber (Weber & southern Box Elder counties)
  • Davis County
  • N. Salt Lake 
  • S. Salt Lake/N. Utah County 
  • Utah County
  • Central (near Manti) 

We’re interested in adding even more locations anywhere we can get roughly 15-20 students together. If you are not in one of the above areas, help us recruit students in your neck of the woods to get an adventure location started where you live.

Outdoor Adventures (Fall Semester)

Getting outdoors is fun, healthy, and a bonding experience for students. Our Outdoor Adventures (OA) program helps students appreciate and learn about nature and get active. Students registered for this course can earn .5 Health/PE credits toward graduation. 

How the Course Works

On 10 Fridays during the fall semester, students come together in the above regions and do activities like these: 

  • Hiking 
  • Climbing & rappelling at a rock climbing gym
  • Outdoor games
  • First aid training
  • Ice skating

Outdoor Adventures (Fall Semester)

Getting outdoors is fun, healthy, and a bonding experience for students. Our Outdoor Adventures (OA) program helps students appreciate and learn about nature and get active. Students registered for this course can earn .5 Health/PE credits toward graduation. 

How the Course Works

On 10 Fridays during the fall semester, students come together in the above regions and do activities like these: 

  • Hiking 
  • Climbing & rappelling at a rock climbing gym
  • Outdoor games
  • First aid training
  • Ice skating
  • Adventure #1 (8/19)
  • Adventure #2 (8/26)
  • Adventure #3 (9/9)
  • Adventure #4 (9/16)
  • Adventure #5 (9/30)
  • Adventure #6 (10/7)
  • Adventure #7 (10/28)
  • Adventure #8 (11/4)
  • Adventure #9 (11/18)
  • Adventure #10 (12/2)

Leadership Adventures (Winter Semester)

Learning to be a leader through social and active adventures helps students connect with their peers and gain exposure to a variety of opportunities. Students in Leadership Adventures (LA) can earn .5 Elective credits toward graduation while engaging with their peers and community in the real world.  

How the Course Works

On 10 Fridays during the winter semester, students come together in the above regions and do activities like these:  

  • Museums
  • Simulations
  • College campus field trip
  • Service projects
  • Visits to local government
  • Hands-on activities with businesses and entrepreneurs

Leadership Adventures (Winter Semester)

Learning to be a leader through social and active adventures helps students connect with their peers and gain exposure to a variety of opportunities. Students in Leadership Adventures (LA) can earn .5 Elective credits toward graduation while engaging with their peers and community in the real world.  

How the Course Works

On 10 Fridays during the winter semester, students come together in the above regions and do activities like these:  

  • Museums
  • Simulations
  • College campus field trip
  • Service projects
  • Visits to local government
  • Hands-on activities with businesses and entrepreneurs
  • Adventure #1 (1/13)
  • Adventure #2 (1/20)
  • Adventure #3 (2/3)
  • Adventure #4 (2/10)
  • Adventure #5 (3/3)
  • Adventure #6 (3/24)
  • Adventure #7 (4/14)
  • Adventure #8 (4/21)
  • Adventure #9 (5/5)
  • Adventure #10 (5/12)

Note: Each adventure is roughly 2-5 hours. Parents are responsible for getting students to and from the events. Parents can enroll students in OA and LA courses from SIS. Once signed into SIS, simply choose the section for your closest region from the list of available OA and LA options.

Statewide Activities (Throughout the School Year)

Part of what makes LAU such a unique school is our incredible statewide activities. These events bring together our larger community throughout the state, where hundreds of youth get to connect, have fun, and grow together.

How Activities Work

We hold statewide activities on non-holiday Fridays that we do not have either Outdoor or Leadership Adventures.

Activities include:

  • Our Winter Spectacular
  • Prom & other dances
  • Our Elevation Youth Summit
  • Our Summer Spectacular

Parents are responsible for getting students to and from these events.

See our academic calendar for possible activities.

Statewide Activities (Throughout the School Year)

Part of what makes LAU such a unique school is our incredible statewide activities. These events bring together our larger community throughout the state, where hundreds of youth get to connect, have fun, and grow together.

How Activities Work

We hold statewide activities on non-holiday Fridays that we do not have either Outdoor or Leadership Adventures.

Activities include:

  • Our Winter Spectacular
  • Prom & other dances
  • Our Elevation Youth Summit
  • Our Summer Spectacular

Parents are responsible for getting students to and from these events.

See our academic calendar for possible activities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! All LAU students (grades 6-12) can participate in these courses. 

Descriptions for each adventure will be published in Canvas, our Learning Management System, at the start of each semester. Parents and students wishing to see the descriptions must be enrolled in OA/LA courses, and log into Canvas with their student’s account or an observer account.

Need help setting up an Observer account? See this post.

If you have any questions about a specific adventure, please reach out to your OA or LA Program Leader.

Students who enroll in this course have access to a detailed schedule in Canvas (our online learning management system), including exact times and locations for their region. Students will need to also RSVP for each adventure in Canvas.

Yes! Students who register for Outdoor Adventures will earn 0.5 Health/PE credits. Students who register for Leadership Adventures will earn .5 Elective credits. To earn credit, students must attend at least seven of the ten adventures offered during each semester and complete some associated assignments as outlined in Canvas.

Parents are responsible for getting students to and from events.

Students will not need to pay fees for any adventure required to pass the course. 

No. For liability reasons, Outdoor and Leadership Adventures events are only for students who are registered in these courses.

Yes, as invited by LAU. Permission for family members to attend LAU statewide activities will be announced on a case-by-case basis in the days leading up to the event. Be sure you’re subscribed to LAU communications so you don’t miss out on these fun, unique opportunities for your family.