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Multi-Day Programs

Multi-Day and Week-Long Programs are available to frontline healthcare workers and young adults ages 18-39 diagnosed with cancer or multiple sclerosis after the age of 15. Due to the pandemic, FD is only offering Multi-Day programs at this time. Week-Long Programs are temporarily on hold.

Multi-Day Programs

Community Adventures

Part of the Out Living It Project, Community Adventures are adventure experiences created and facilitated by FD alumni and members of the FD community.

Community Adventures

International Programs

International adventure programs (FDX) are open to all alumni that have attended a week-long (FD1) program. Due to the pandemic, International Programs are temporarily on hold.

International Programs

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Programs ensure individualized care, medical attention and intimate experiences with fellow survivors. First Descents programs are offered free of cost to participants.

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Estes Park, CO – Oncology Caregivers

July 26, 2021 - July 28, 2021

Meet and connect with fellow caregivers on a much-deserved weekend of fun, reflection, and adventure as we head to Rocky Mountain National Park for some rock climbing with our friends at Colorado Mountain School! You'll get to enjoy two days of rock climbing instruction and epic climbs with your First…

Eligibility: Oncology Caregiver Applicants Nationwide
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Oncology

Estes Park, CO – Oncology

July 20, 2021 - July 28, 2021

Join your First Descents community for a weekend of fun, connection, and challenge as we head to Rocky Mountain National Park for some rock climbing with our friends at Colorado Mountain School! You'll get to enjoy two days of rock climbing instruction and epic climbs. Downtime will be spent at…

Eligibility: Any Oncology Applicant Nationwide
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Oncology

New Paltz, NY – Oncology

July 24, 2021 - August 8, 2021

Spend three days Out Living It with your First Descents Family at Minnewaska State Park for some rock climbing with the trusted guides at Alpine Endeavors! You'll get to enjoy two days of iconic climbs, beautiful scenery, and lots of adventure. Downtime will be spent at the beautiful Minnewaska Lodge!…

Eligibility: Any Oncology Applicant Nationwide
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Healthcare Workers

New Paltz, NY – Healthcare Workers

July 27, 2021 - September 15, 2021

Join your fellow healthcare workers for a weekend of adventure, connection, and challenge as we head to Minnewaska State Park for some rock climbing with the trusted guides at Alpine Endeavors! You'll get to enjoy two days of iconic climbs and beautiful scenery with the First Descents community. Downtime will…

Eligibility: Any Healthcare Worker Applicant Nationwide
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Oncology

Baraboo, WI – Oncology

September 7, 2021 - September 15, 2021

Connect with your First Descents Family as you learn new rock climbing skills with the trusted Devils Lake Climbing Guides! On this three-day two-night adventure, you'll explore the beautiful Devils Lake State Park with your First Descents Community. Downtime will be spent at the amazing and funky Willowood Inn! This…

Eligibility: Any Oncology Applicant Nationwide
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Healthcare Workers

Baraboo, WI – Healthcare Workers

August 24, 2021 - September 22, 2021

Connect with fellow healthcare workers while you learn new rock climbing skills with the trusted Devils Lake Climbing Guides! On this three-day two-night adventure, you'll explore the beautiful Devils Lake State Park with your First Descents Community. Downtime will be spent at the amazing and funky Willowood Inn! This includes…

Eligibility: Any Healthcare Worker Applicant Nationwide
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