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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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Summer Programs


This day camp is for any individual age 10–15 interested in being active, having fun and connecting with others while learning important character lessons. Adventure Camp takes place on the Gordon College campus.


The Counselor in Training (CIT) program is an incredible opportunity for high school students ages 16-18 to gain leadership experience, learn skills in an adventure setting and invest in middle school students.


High school students age 15–18 can sign up individually to spend time backpacking or canoeing with other students through the Adirondack Park in NY. Along the way, they’ll learn outdoor camping skills, discover their strengths, develop their faith and expand their leadership potential. Trip leaders will guide campers through a leadership journal to consider how they’ll apply what they’ve learned.


This wilderness discipleship opportunity is for groups high-school-age and older that are accompanied by a leader like a teacher, mentor or pastor. Groups will go on an 8- to -12-day backpacking or canoeing expedition facilitated by trained La Vida staff. The trip leaders take the group through experiences to develop their faith and leadership potential. God’s Word is heard, experienced and integrated into daily life by spending extended time in creation.

Year-round Programs


At our challenge course, groups have the opportunity to climb course elements like the Indiana Jones Bridge, Catwalk or Cargo Net. Participants learn to test their limits and develop confidence. All participants are an essential part of the support system on the ground, encouraging one another and helping the belay staff.


Team building provides fun and engaging ways for groups to get to know one another, learn how to work together and problem solve as a team. Team building principles such as encouragement, respect and servant leadership are drawn out through our activities.


Our Rock Gym provides a safe, fun and encouraging environment for kids and adults as they learn and practice climbing and belaying skills. We offer team-building experiences and are trained to work with climbers of all levels. Celebrate your birthday or graduation with us!


If you and your family or friends are looking for a new way to experience life outdoors, you can choose your own adventure of canoeing, rock climbing, snowshoeing or overnight camping. Contact us if you want to dream up the perfect day for your group with the adventure we provide.

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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Stories from the Trail

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

Count It All Joy!

Count It All Joy!

The M1 patrol during La Vida’s May session of 2022 was spectacular. From the very beginning, though an energetic and sometimes rowdy bunch, they were a group hungry for spiritual growth and eager to embrace everything La Vida had to offer. La Vida curricula such as...