La Vida

Come for adventure, prepare for life.


From multi-day backpacking or canoeing expeditions in the Adirondacks and the White Mountains to rock climbing and custom challenge course programs at Gordon College, La Vida offers a broad range of outdoor programs for youth, families and a wide variety of groups. These experiential learning environments foster character and leadership development to prepare you to contribute to the greater good in your community and the world.

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A week-long summer day camp for ages 10–15 with a high ropes course, kayaking, mountain biking and more.

Adirondack Expeditions

Backpacking and canoeing trips focused on developing transformational leadership, strengthening your faith and building community.

Adventure Pursuits

Team-building activities that provide meaningful and memorable adventure experiences for groups like schools, non-profits and families.

Rock Gym

Indoor climbing opportunities that build strength and confidence for people of all ages and abilities on the North Shore.

Adventure Retreats

Custom experiences that create long-lasting memories for schools, churches and families.

what we stand for

La Vida’s Mission

Our mission is to catalyze character formation, cultivate community and develop servant-leadership skills in individuals, groups and organizations through outdoor experiential education.

La Vida transforms participants of all ages through outdoor experiences that catalyze their emotional, physical and spiritual health. Empowered by tangible encounters with their true potential, La Vida participants return to their home as agents of change. The guiding lessons of their La Vida experience combat the overwhelming side-effects of today’s technological wilderness.

We hire seasonal staff throughout the year to facilitate outdoor and indoor experiences for participants of all ages. Staff are trained to belay at our ropes course and rock gym and are trained in other outdoor skills like map and compass, camping, mountain biking and more. Learn More »


Our core office staff of eight have a combined expertise of over 100 years. Each of us is an integral part of making La Vida a success. Meet us⇒


Every gift matters. We need the entire La Vida community to rally together as our belay team. Make a gift⇒

Our Partners

Through the years, La Vida has partnered with a host of area non-profits. Together, we have guided kids, teens and adults through the life-changing experience of outdoor education and adventure activities. Without these partnerships, our mission and ministry wouldn’t be what it is today. We’re so grateful for them!

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Boston College
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Reserve a Private Campsite at the La Vida Base Camp in NY

We’ve partnered with Hipcamp to provide basic campsites for those looking to explore the beauty of the Adirondacks. Check out our listing and availability on the Hipcamp website.

Stories from the Trail

Read articles, reflections and stories from members of our staff, students and our alumni community on our blog.

A Farewell Letter from Nate Hausman

It was the spring semester of my first year at Gordon College. I found myself walking to the basement of Frost Hall to visit the La Vida office and speak with Rich Obenschain. Contemplating a change in my major, I had discovered a newfound passion for creating fun,...

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