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Teen Wilderness Programs

Twin Eagles Seasonal Teen Rendezvous

Full-On Skills. Edge Experiences. Epic Adventures.

for Teens ages 13-18
in Sandpoint, Idaho & Spokane, Washington
and locations throughout the Inland Northwest

Teen Wilderness Programs

Twin Eagles Seasonal Teen Rendezvous, our teen wilderness programs, were created to offer awesome experiences to teens throughout the Inland Northwest and beyond to sink deep roots to the earth through wilderness skills while soaring high through full-on group adventures. These programs were designed to keep the deep nature connection mentoring experience alive throughout the school year. Teens learn leadership by working together as well as applying their sensitivities through ancient earth based skills and crafts. Twin Eagles nature based mentors guide teens through these experiences, developing significant creative problem solving skills while they revel in being fully alive.

Our teen wilderness programs are powerful opportunities for teens to encounter the wild around them as we journey to destinations throughout the Inland Northwest. As well, teens have a chance to touch their own inner wildness by giving unique voice to their inner selves amongst a community of peers and mentors. This will all take place within the powerful and safe context of a "cultural basket" of teachings that will provide grounding and balance while peaking their senses and learning. Thus, we echo the blueprint of natural learning shared by our ancestors through millennia.

All of our weekend teen wilderness programs have their own theme, allowing teens to experience a depth of mentoring difficult to find elsewhere. Some favorite themes have included earth based crafts, wilderness survival challenge, animal tracking, walkabout, primitive cooking, the way of the scout, and winter snow cave expedition.

Teenagers have a fundamental, archetypal need to test themselves and test their world. If we, the community of adults that hold them, don't provide experiences to meet these needs, they will seek out other potentially destructive ways of getting these needs met.”

- Tim Corcoran, Twin Eagles co-Director & co-Founder

Teen Wilderness Programs

Where?

Our weekend teen wilderness programs are held at locations throughout the Inland Northwest, each matched to the unique theme of the weekend. Through Twin Eagles Seasonal Teen Rendezvous programs, we travel from the pristine mountains of north Idaho to the arid deserts of eastern Washington. From the shores of Lake Pend Oreille to deep cedar forests, teens have the opportunity to experience the breadth and depth of our bioregion.

How Many?

We are committed to a high mentor to student ratio of at least one-to-five to ensure a high quality program. We enroll students ages 13 - 18. Maximum program enrollment is 25 students. There are ample opportunities for teens to work one-on-one with mentors.

When?

Our weekend teen wilderness programs run from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon. Specific times vary for each teen wilderness program weekend.

Autumn 2016 Teen Rendezvous - Fri Oct 21 - Sun Oct 23

Theme: Bushcraft - Thriving in the Wilds

Cedar Springs, just north of Sandpoint, Idaho

6:00 pm Friday - 3:00 pm Sunday, with a parent circle ending at 5:00 pm


Bushcraft is defined as "The ability to adapt and improvise in the wilderness". That is exactly what this weekend is all about. Developing real wilderness skills that are both practical & inspirational, skills that allow you to live at one with the natural world. Just imagine how empowered and free you'll feel as you learn these "old skills of the bush", passed down to you and your friends by caring mentors who received these teachings with the same love and care from their own mentors and elders.

The skills offered this weekend will be completely unique, never taught before at Twin Eagles. These bushcraft skills blend the use of simple wilderness items like knives, hatchets, paracord, and tarps with totally natural materials straight from the landscape. We're committed to giving you new skills that will stay with you for a lifetime.

During this weekend, we'll learn and practice Bush Craft skills such as:

  • Shelter Craft - including rope beds, tarp shelters, and super shelters
  • Fire Craft - including fire steels, flint & steel, and twig bundles
  • Rope Craft - including paracord belts, bracelets, ladders, beds, chairs, handles, and sheathes
  • Knife Craft - Proper and safe use of knives, basic & advanced carving techniques, knife improvisation, sharpening, and more
  • Axe Craft - Proper and safe use of hatchets and axes in the wilderness, including felling trees, limbing, basic & advanced splitting approaches, sharpening, and more.
  • Improvising with wild materials
  • Tree & Plant Identification
  • Renewing Connections amongst teens throughout our bio-region
  • Stories and Songs that inspire and celebrate
  • Exciting Autumn Games
  • Inner Teachings of the Autumn Season

Winter 2017 Teen Rendezvous - Fri Jan 27 - Sun Jan 29

Theme: Primitive Skills & Crafts

Cedar Springs, just north of Sandpoint, Idaho

6:00 pm Friday - 3:00 pm Sunday, with a parent circle ending at 5:00 pm

Our indigenous ancestors were master artisans and crafts people. Winter was the season when they sat around a warm fire and practiced their craft. During this weekend, we'll geek out on these skills and crafts of the ancients. Regardless of experience, this weekend will take your understanding of earth based skills and crafts to the next level with friends new and old at Twin Eagles!

Possibilities include:

  • Moccasin Making
  • Parfleche Making (Traditional Rawhide Boxes)
  • Willow Basketry
  • Firemaking
  • Primitive Pottery
  • Flintknapping Stone Arrowheads, Knives, and more
  • Animal Hide Work
  • Hunting Tools
  • Basic and Advanced Cordage
  • Making Knives & Sheathes
  • Coal Burned Bowls & Spoons
  • Gourd Containers

Please note: This is a long list of primitive skills & crafts. We will NOT be making all of these things. This list is simply intended to give you an idea of the types of skills & crafts we'll be working on.


Spring 2017 Teen Rendezvous - Fri Apr 14 - Sun Apr 16

Theme: The Walkabout

Moses Lake Sand Dunes, Moses Lake, Washington

5:30 pm Friday - 4:00 pm Sunday

The Walkabout was a traditional practice of our Earth based ancestors that brought them into deep connection with the land. Just imagine adventuring into the heart of the eastern Washington wilderness, your companions by your side. Learn how to move with the heartbeat of the Earth, and open your awareness to the secrets of the natural world. Our group will be highly mobile, making most of what we need directly from the land itself.

Possible activities include:

  • Wandering
  • Aidless Navigation by the sun & stars
  • Pemmican making
  • Longmatches
  • Sand dune ecology
  • Animal Tracking
  • Lostproofing
  • Survival Firemaking
  • Quick Survival Shelters
  • Water Harvesting
  • Wild Edible Plants

How Much?

Each weekend costs $250, which includes lodging and some meals.
Scholarships are available.

  • $100 deposit due upon registration, with remaining balance due one week before program start date.

SAVE 10% by enrolling in three or more sessions!

We are also offer teens who have been to Twin Eagles programs before the chance to learn to become nature based mentors through our Mentor-in-Training (MIT) program. Please see the Mentor-in-Training web page for more information.

I loved it! I had the time of my life and would do it again in a heartbeat!”

Erin Duebendorfer

To Apply

Registration is currently open for Twin Eagles Seasonal Teen Rendezvous 2016-2017.

Complete an online application and pay by credit card by clicking the "Apply Now" button below.

Scholarships are available for our teen programs - click here for more information.

Twin Eagles Seasonal Teen Rendezvous 2016-2017
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If you prefer to pay by check, click here to download an application packet (pdf) and apply by US Mail.

Questions? Contact us here.

Please Note: Our programs often fill to capacity with waiting lists, sometimes quickly. Your child's space in this program is not reserved until we have received both a completed application and a deposit, and you have heard from us that they have been accepted and registered. Thank you!

Teen Wilderness Programs
Never before in history have youth been so plugged-in - and so out of touch with the natural world...direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy development - physical, emotional and spiritual.”

- From Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods

Nature Based Mentoring

At our teen wilderness programs, our mentoring philosophy is grounded in the fact that human beings are multi-faceted and that personal growth and discovery is revealed gradually. For this reason we are committed to long-term mentoring relationships with whole families that support each student to unfold their natural gifts and potential over time.

Our teen wilderness programs provide opportunities for teenagers to deeply immerse their senses in the landscapes of nature and give them adventure challenges that are fun, test their strengths and intimately connect them to the land and themselves. By taking this journey, teens learn to be comfortable and confident outdoors, and a solid foundation of a love for our Earth is laid.

We inspire teens to grow as life long learners by nurturing their natural curiosity for the world around them. We help them form these curiosities into a cohesive and intense passion for learning. Thus, children grow into themselves holistically and are set forth on a path to discover their own unique gifts that they will one day share with the world.

Ultimately, they learn to ask questions for themselves and seek answers in their world; the simple truth that all things are teachers is revealed.

Teen Wilderness Programs

Why is this important?

We recognize that today's teens will be the true leaders of our future. We believe that through engaging the imagination and senses, nurturing their love for the earth, helping them develop their own unique gifts, being committed to passion-based learning and long-term mentoring, and helping them develop the fiber for adapting to natural challenge and change with resiliency, we hope to foster a larger community of naturalists, life-long learners and caretakers of our earth for the future generations. We invite you to come be a part of this exciting endeavor!


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