Health Care Worker Programs

First Descents and the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation have teamed up to launch free outdoor adventure programs for health care workers on the COVID-19 front-lines.

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First Descents and the Dunkin' Joy in Childhood Foundation Launch Outdoor Programs for Health Care Workers

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FD Tributaries | Local Adventure Communities

Keeping with the theme of rivers, FD has dubbed our local adventure communities  “Tributaries” or “FDTribs” for short. FDTribs offer programs, events, and peer to peer community support for young adults impacted by cancer and other serious health conditions. FDTribs are intended to connect our growing community in the places they call home and closer to their point of diagnosis.

Currently, we have 18 FDTribs in select cities across the country that offer Single and Multi-Day Programs, Monthly Meetups, and a host of events. Programs range from day-long rock climbing outings to multi-day river trips, backpacking adventures, and more. We ask that folks please only join one FDTrib to ensure we are making space for everyone. If you’d like to change your FDTrib please email [email protected]

First Descents is looking for Monthly Leads to serve as local leaders in their community! The Monthly Lead will be responsible for planning and leading Monthly Meetups for their specific FDTrib community and inspiring others to embrace an Out Living It lifestyle of their own. Learn more about becoming a Monthly Lead.

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Local Adventure | Portland, OR

September 11, 2020 - September 13, 2020

Eligibility: Open to the Portland Trib- Oncology Only

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Local Adventure | D.C.-Baltimore, MD

September 11, 2020 - September 13, 2020

Hey there DC/Baltimore Trib! What better way to end the summer season than a rock climbing program in Seneca Rocks, WV! This will be a great program for beginners looking to give outdoor rock climbing a try, and all those returning climbers who are looking to build on their fitness they've been working on all season. The end of summer has never felt more exciting!

Registration will be emailed to the DC/Baltimore Trib 10 weeks prior to the program.
In an effort to s...

Eligibility: Open to the DC-Baltimore Trib- Oncology


Local Adventure | New York City, NY

September 12, 2020 - September 13, 2020

Grab your pack and get out of town for the weekend! Join the NYC Trib for a weekend of backpacking in the gorgeous Catskills Mountains. Be IN the elements while getting to know people in your NYC Trib! You'll be hiking on pristine trails, eating insanely delicious food, and sleeping under the stars.  What better way to keep summer rolling and enjoy some fresh mountain air? Registration will be emailed to the NYC Trib 10 weeks prior to the pro...

Eligibility: Open to the NYC Trib- Oncology Only


Local Adventure | Denver, CO

September 18, 2020 - September 20, 2020

Eligibility: Open to the Denver Trib- Oncology


MS | Donner Pass, California

September 18, 2020 - September 20, 2020

Over 7,000 ft above sea level, Donner Pass is an incredible setting for your First Descents adventure.  We’ll be climbing in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, surrounded by beautiful alpine lakes and granite domes.  Our home base will be a beautiful lodge just minutes away from this historic climbing destination. Registration for young adults impacted by Multiple Sclerosis (MS) will open ...

Eligibility: Open to Regional Young Adults Living with MS


Local Adventure | Boston, MA

September 25, 2020 - September 27, 2020

Join us for an incredible journey through some of the most historic trails in the US!  For two days of mountainous bliss, you can backpack your way through the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire with fellow local adventurers in the FD Boston community. Beginners are more than welcome. It's sure to be epic! Registration will be emailed to the Boston Trib 10 weeks prior to the program. In an effort to spread the FD love, this program is only o...

Eligibility: Open to Boston Trib- Oncology

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