La Vida Adirondack Expeditions

Where Transformation Begins

Outdoor adventure programs in the Adirondack State Park of New York focused on developing leadership, exploring faith and building community.

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Build Character

Develop Leadership

Grow in Faith

Can an outdoor experience really change your life?

At La Vida, you can discover who you are, who God is and what your strengths are. You’ll learn what community really looks like, and your group will have daily opportunities to connect, build trust and serve one another. Spending time outdoors gives you the chance to pause and reflect but also to challenge yourself and try something new. Are you ready for your next adventure?

What people are saying about La Vida

Join the thousands of people whose lives have been transformed through a La Vida experience

Program Options

Adventure retreats

Spend the night in our beautifully renovated Algonquin cabin that can house up to 15 people and includes comfortable community meeting space.

Adirondack Leadership Program

Gain leadership skills while growing in your faith on this camping trip for high schoolers age 15–18.


This 7-day canoe trip trip is an extraordinary opportunity that will enrich your relationship with your child by giving you ample time to bond.

Multi–Day Camping Trip

Our camping trips give pastors, teachers or mentors more time for discipling their students and deepening relationships within the group.

Outdoor Education at Gordon College

Make friends before starting college and complete your outdoor education requirement with a 12-day camping trip.

La Vida Reviews

“On my La Vida trip, I learned so much about who God is through experiencing the beauty of his creation. I was challenged to push myself to my limits and as a result I was able to do things I never thought possible! I learned to depend on God in a new way when I was struggling on the trail, and how to care for others when they needed it as well. La Vida changed my life!


“Our trip has helped me be consumed less with myself and more with being in community with others and God.”


“La Vida in the Adirondacks was a life changing experience that allowed me to delve into my faith and character. I had the fantastic opportunity to connect with great people and l was able to make touching friendships. I thank God for this amazing opportunity. I relished every moment of my experience.


“My La Vida leaders were the first one’s to recognize and encourage my leadership potential. Their positive encouragement, and the entire experience of the ADK expedition, helped me identify my passions and talents, and gave me the confidence to pursue them. Plus, they stoked my love of being in nature and taught me the skills to get out and enjoy it!


“My trip taught me what it is to have mental and physical grit. The expedition, which is free from the many distractions of modern life, including technology, allowed me to reprioritize and refocus on God, His awesome Creation, and building authentic tight-knit relationships with those on my trip.


“La Vida is a transformational wilderness experience that equipped me in my personal confidence and my trust in God. If everyone in the United States went on a La Vida trip, we’d be a braver, kinder country.


“La Vida is one of the most transformative experiences I have ever had. The integration of spiritual learning and disciplines with physical and tangible experiences make learning and leading something accessible and impactful for everyone. And this is not even to mention getting to spend 12 days exploring the jaw-dropping wonders of the Adirondacks or the depth of community and friendship bonds that it creates for lifetimes.


“The impact they leave on participants is incredible, and the trips themselves are formational on a personal and spiritual level. The people who work for the program make the experience so much fun and are very well trained. So grateful for the experiences I’ve had through this program!!


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Our Legacy

Transforming Lives Since 1970

La Vida provides participants with more than just a cool adventure. Our mission is to provide a supportive experiential environment that encourages participants to explore the meaning of their relationship with Jesus Christ and foster a deeper personal commitment to Him.

We do this by providing small-group, wilderness adventures, facilitated by trained and qualified staff, all through which God’s Word can be heard, experienced, and integrated into daily life. For over 50 years, God has used the power of the wilderness and the La Vida experience to help young people unplug from technology long enough to be transformed by the love and grace of Christ as they learn to “hold fast” to Him.

Get in touch!

September 1–May 15
La Vida Adirondack Expeditions at Gordon College
255 Grapevine Road
Wenham, MA 01984

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May 15–August 31
La Vida Adirondack Expeditions Base Camp
460 County Route 50
Lake Clear, NY 12945

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Adirondack Expeditions is a program of the La Vida Center for Outdoor Education and Leadership at Gordon College located on the North Shore of Boston. La Vida houses six different programs for the community including an adventure day camp for middle and high schoolers, a rock gym and challenge course activities for all ages. La Vida provides spiritual development and leadership experiences for Gordon students as well as community organizations utilizing Gordon's campus and our Base Camp in the Adirondack mountains of New York.

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