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

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Local adventure communities (FDTribs) provide provide single or multi-day outdoor experiences for first timers as well as FD alumni right in your backyard.

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

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Local Adventure | Los Angeles, CA

March 6, 2020 - March 8, 2020

Rope up in the stunning Joshua Tree National Park, an adventure playground for climbers both new and experienced. In the evenings you'll soak in a warm fire and gaze at the unbelievable starry skies, far away from that L.A. smog. Come join us in the majestic desert for a weekend…

Eligibility: Open to the Los Angeles Local Adventure Community
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Local Adventure | Atlanta, GA

April 10, 2020 - April 12, 2020

What's up Atlanta?! Come kick off the summer season with an amazing weekend whitewater kayaking in Bryson City! Whether you are a seasoned kayaker or new to the sport, this program has a spot for everyone. Spend two days kayaking with the amazing Nantahala Outdoor Center, and kick back in…

Eligibility: Open to Atlanta Local Adventure Community
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Surfing | Outer Banks, North Carolina

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The Outer Banks of North Carolina is known to be one of the most beautiful vacations spots on the East Coast.  The water is warm, the beaches are golden, and the surf break is consistent. After epic days spent catching waves and stand-up paddle boarding, you’ll kick back in some…

Eligibility: Open to new participants.
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Local Adventure | Boston, MA

May 29, 2020 - May 31, 2020

Boston, have you always dreamed of cruising through forests on two wheels? Escape the city to explore the trails of Wompatuck State Park on this amazing MOUNTAIN BIKING program. Get comfortable on the bike and learn new tips and tricks on Saturday because Sunday will be a day of trail…

Eligibility: Open to the Boston Local Adventure Community
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FD1

Kayaking | Hood River, OR

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Located in the famous Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Hood River is home to lush forests and crystal clear rivers that make it the perfect place to learn how to kayak.  Your home base at Panorama Lodge is a heavenly spot to relax by the fire and soak in…

Eligibility: Open to new participants.
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FD1

Rock Climbing | Cascade Mountains, Washington

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Snowy volcano peaks, old growth forests, and glassy alpine lakes make the Cascades one of the most scenic spots in the country. To top it off, this area is one of the most famous climbing destinations in the world! Your home base will be in the Bavarian town of Leavenworth,…

Eligibility: Open to new participants.
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