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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Week-Long Programs

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

Week-Long Programs

Local Communities

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

Local Adventure Communities

International Programs

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

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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Rock Climbing | Ozarks, AR-FDRock

November 2, 2020 - November 7, 2020

Experience the hidden gem of southeastern climbing in the Ozark Mountains! You'll be staying at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, a 350-acre dude ranch that holds some of the nation's finest sandstone rock and is home to 300+ rock climbing routes. There's something for everyone in the ruggedly beautiful Ozarks! Our FDrock…

Eligibility: Open to new participants.
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Surfing | San Diego, CA

November 6, 2020 - November 8, 2020

Cool off and catch some waves along the pristine Carlsbad coastline with First Descents. The warm water, SoCal sun, and rad local FD San Diego adventurers are sure to make this weekend a beaut! Registration will be emailed to the San Diego Trib 10 weeks prior to the program. In…

Eligibility: Open to the San Diego Trib- Oncology
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Local Adventure | Austin, TX

November 7, 2020 - November 8, 2020

Join us for an epic program bike-packing in Lost Maples State Natural Area! REI will get you geared up and your FD friends will ride alongside as you experience the thrills of biking to your spot under the stars. Get ready to soak in those fall colors on two wheels…

Eligibility: Open to the Austin Trib- Oncology Only
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Global Adventure | Thailand

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We’re heading back to Thailand for almost two weeks of Out Living It adventures! Experience rock climbing in Northern Thailand, caving and rappelling into pitch black darkness, and a two-day trek to the summit of Doi Luang. We will top off these incredible experiences with a home stay in the…

Eligibility: Open to alumni of FD1 weeklong programs
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