WHAT PARENTS CAN EXPECT

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PARENT FAQs

You’ll find some of the more commonly asked questions below. You are welcome to give us a call in the office or send us an email with your questions. We can also put you in contact with parents who sent their child on a summer teen tour with us last summer.


FLIGHTS

Families will be responsible for flights to and from their arrival airports.  We try to coordinate flights with other Wild Traveler families in an effort to get at least two participants on each flight. Keep us updated with any flight purchases. Flights into arrival airports must arrive before 3pm on arrival day and depart after 12pm on the departure day.

 

ARRIVAL DAY

Wild Traveler trip leaders will meet each participant at their baggage claim immediately after arriving at the arrival airport. Our leaders will have on Wild Traveler t-shirts for easy identification. While we wait for all of our participant to arrive we’ll play games and eat a delicious lunch. Once our group is all together we have complete a gear check, making sure everyone has everything from their trip pack list. For domestic trips (Hawaii / KauaiCalifornia, Washington, and Maui).We’ll set up camp at a nearby campground in the evening. Here we learn various outdoor skills, including packing a pack, setting up tents, kitchen preparation, and more.  For our international teen tours (Costa Rica / Panama) we’ll shuttle to our hostel.  After eating our first dinner together we will spend the rest of the evening playing games and getting to know each other.

 

GROUPS

Each group is made up of 8-12 enthusiastic, positive, fun teenagers ready for an exciting summer adventure. They come from all over the country, and in many cases, from all over the world. Our groups are created with attention to age and a balance of gender in order to ensure the best possible individual and group experience possible. Groups will be led by 2 to 3 experienced, knowledgeable, and fun adventure leaders. Learn more about our leaders under the Our Leaders tab of our menu.

 

ACTIVITIES

Our programs are designed with the beginner in mind. Our teen adventures need no previous experience. Our professional instructors start with the basics. One on one instruction is available for those who need a little extra guidance until they master the basics. Participants who have experience with one of our scheduled activities will be able to improve upon their skills. NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED!

 

MEALS

Designing and preparing meals is a fun and enjoyable time with The Wild Traveler. Leaders will split their group into smaller “cook crews” which, on their assigned days, will decide upon and prepare meals for the whole group. Each cook crew is supervised by a trip leader who is also there to help. Each cook crew will have the opportunity to prepare several meals during their teen adventure trip. Every meal is nutritious, tasty, and there is always plenty of it. We also eat at a few local restaurants during our trips.  Because we cook group meals, food allergies and restrictions are sometimes difficult to accommodate. Please discuss any food allergies or restrictions with our office staff at the time of registration.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

We will be camping in tents each night.  We have campsites in National Parks, State Beaches, and Private Campgrounds. Participants will be with one or two other same sex participants. All will have the option each night to sleep on a tarp beneath the stars.  Bathrooms and showers are available at all campsites except during backpacking portions of our trips.

For our international teen tours (Costa Rica / Panama) we will be staying in a mix of youth hostels and hotels.  Participants will be separated by gender.

 

COMMUNICATION

Participants call home upon meeting their leaders at the arrival airport. They will also call home on departure day after arriving at their departure airport. Phone calls are limited in order to enhance the outdoor experience and facilitate group interaction. If your child needs to call home at any other time during the trip they will be allowed to. Participants may choose to send and receive letters through the United States Postal Service.

Our office is open 24 hours a day while our trips are in session. Should you need to contact your son or daughter while they are on their trip, just give us a call and you can speak with them.

 

SUMMER TEEN TOUR TRAVEL LOG

Follow along with our summer teen adventure as it happens by logging into the travel log. Watch short video clips, check out our pictures, and read about our adventure! The trip log is updated every 2-3 days by participant and the trip leaders. It’s a wonderful way to stay informed with our adventure!

 

DEPARTURE DAY

At the airport, everyone will have a chance to exchange email addresses and phone numbers with their new friends before departures. When it’s time, Wild Traveler leaders will help each participant check in at their airlines ticket counter and accompany them to the security gate. If you are flying as an “unaccompanied minor” your Wild Traveler leader will walk you to your gate and wait until the plane leaves.

 

POST SUMMER TEEN TOUR

Every participant receives a computer flash drive with all pictures from the trips, the beautiful pics and the not so great ones too. They are all memories. We will also ask for participants and parents to fill out a questionnaire regarding our summer teen tours. Then sign up with us for the following summer!