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Week Long Programs

Our free program (FD1) for first timers available to young adults ages 18-39 diagnosed with cancer after the age of 15.

Local Communities

Local adventure communities (FDtribs) provide weekend outdoor experiences for first timers as well as FD alumni right in your backyard.

International Programs

International adventure programs (FDX) are open to all alumni that have attended a week-long (FD1) program.

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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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Local Adventure | Philadelphia, PA

July 20, 2018 - July 22, 2018

We are taking it back to the Ponocos! Join us for a two day Kayaking experience down the Jim Thorpe River. Enjoy a fun filled weekend with your local community in the forested peaks of Pennsylvania. Never kayaked before? No problem. You'll be a master of the rapids by the…

Eligibility: Open to Regional Local Adventure Communities
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Local Adventure | Orlando, FL

July 27, 2018 - July 29, 2018

Hit the waves in Daytona with our thriving Orlando Local Adventure Community! You're sure to catch some sweet waves, cozy campfires, and goofy dancing on this awesome annual weekend adventure.

Eligibility: Open to the Orlando Local Adventure Community
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Kayaking | Tarkio, Montana

July 29, 2018 - August 25, 2018

Known for its towering purple cliffs, abundant wildlife, warm water, and friendly rapids, the Clark Fork River is one of the best places to learn how to kayak in the world. Tarkio River Lodge has a firm place in the history of First Descents and the kayaking community. There is…

Eligibility: Open to new participants.
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Global Adventure | Main Salmon, Idaho

August 4, 2018 - August 9, 2018

OPEN REGISTRATION:  This FDX program is now open to FDrocks, caregivers, and +ones! This summer, First Descents will be paddling on the Main Salmon River! Join us for an unforgettable 6-Day river trip through the heart of the Idaho wilderness with one of our favorite outfitters, Canyons River Company. The FDX…

Eligibility: Open to alumni of FD1 weeklong programs
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Kayaking | Rogue River, Oregon

August 5, 2018 - August 25, 2018

The Rogue River starts its journey at Crater Lake and winds its way through 215 miles of Oregonian wilderness. The warm water, friendly rapids, and lush scenery make it the perfect kayaking playland for both beginners and experts alike. The Rogue is the perfect place to paddle your first strokes!…

Eligibility: Open to new participants.
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Rock Climbing | Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

August 5, 2018 - September 1, 2018

Our beautiful home base at Overlook Ranch will offer spectacular views and easy access to Rocky Mountain National Park, home to some of Colorado’s most renowned climbing.  With sunny weather and panoramic views of 14,000 foot peaks, Estes Park is a heavenly adventure spot. There will be four separate weeks of Estes…

Eligibility: Open to new participants.
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