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

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Local adventure communities (FDtribs) provide weekend 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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Rock Climbing | Adirondacks, New York

June 16, 2019 - June 29, 2019

  The Adirondack Park is the largest park in the continental United States, and the incredible rolling northeastern landscape simply can’t be beat.  On this program, you’ll ascend some of the best climbing pitches in the Northeast, and triumphantly soak in the expansive beauty of the ‘daks! There will be two separate…

Eligibility: Open to new participants.
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Kayaking | Rogue River, Oregon

July 14, 2019 - August 10, 2019

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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Kayaking | Tarkio, Montana

July 28, 2019 - August 24, 2019

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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