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New Perspectives - June, 2002 Issue #94 

Alaskan Wilderness Experience
Nenana, Alaska
Laura & Jimmie Hendricks

Alaskan Wilderness Experience (AWE) offers three 28-day wilderness courses through the year, which are a ‘unique fusion of wilderness activities, communication skills and emotional growth processes.’ Through the wilderness challenges, students learn to set and achieve goals, identify and communicate emotions, take risks, make commitments, be honest and have fun. ‘Rites of Passage’ courses are specially designed to inspire young adults, aged 18-21, to be leaders, and create a vision for themselves growing into the next phase of life.

The goal of AWE is to ‘safely guide students in the wilderness while promoting positive self-esteem, self worth, and self-confidence in decision making and goal setting.’ They do this by combining wilderness education, emotional growth philosophies and self- reflection to provide the framework for a life enriching ‘rite of passage.’

The courses emphasize communication skills, physical challenges, and personal growth. Group sizes are limited to four students per group and each participant must complete various phases.

Directors, Laura and Jimmie Hendricks, have more than 25 years of combined guiding experience. Ten of those years have been as staff trainers and senior instructors for several of the leading schools in the wilderness therapy industry. They are experienced in the instruction of survival, communication and emotional growth skills, veteran mountaineers, sailors, rock climbers and teachers.

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