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Multi-Day Programs

Multi-Day and Week-Long Programs are available to frontline healthcare workers and young adults ages 18-39 diagnosed with cancer or multiple sclerosis after the age of 15. Due to the pandemic, FD is only offering Multi-Day programs at this time. Week-Long Programs are temporarily on hold.

Multi-Day Programs

Community Adventures

Part of the Out Living It Project, Community Adventures are adventure experiences created and facilitated by FD alumni and members of the FD community.

Community Adventures

International Programs

International adventure programs (FDX) are open to all alumni that have attended a week-long (FD1) program. Due to the pandemic, International Programs are temporarily on hold.

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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Caregivers, Oncology

Northeast Region, Oncology & Oncology Caregivers

September 10, 2021 - October 24, 2021

Ready to get out in nature, stretch your muscles, and connect with your community? Just two hours from New York City, Lundy Farm provides gorgeous lodging for this weekend of soaking in the Shawangunk Mountains! Full of rock climbing, yoga, and hiking, this program will allow you to challenge yourself,…

Eligibility: Open to Northeast Region - Oncology & Oncology Caregiver
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Multiple Sclerosis

Midwest Region, MS

September 17, 2021 - September 19, 2021

Connect with your First Descents Family as you learn new rock climbing skills with the trusted Devils Lake Climbing Guides! On this three-day, two-night adventure, you'll explore the beautiful Devils Lake State Park with your First Descents Community. Downtime will be spent at the awesome and funky Willowood Inn! This…

Eligibility: Open to Midwest Region - Multiple Sclerosis
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Healthcare Workers

California Region, HCW

October 20, 2021 - October 22, 2021

Join your fellow healthcare workers¬†for a trip filled with fun, connection, and challenge as we head to Santa Barbara for stunning coastal kayaking and epic surfing. Never, tried surfing or kayaking before? This is the perfect introduction with our trusted guides at Santa Barbara Adventure Company! You'll get to enjoy…

Eligibility: Open to West Coast Region- Healthcare Workers
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Oncology

California Region, Oncology

October 23, 2021 - November 10, 2021

Join your First Descents community for a trip filled with fun, connection, and challenge as we head to Santa Barbara for stunning coastal kayaking and epic surfing. Never, tried surfing or kayaking before? This is the perfect introduction with our trusted guides at Santa Barbara Adventure Company! You'll get to…

Eligibility: Open to West Coast Region- Oncology
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Multiple Sclerosis

California Region, MS

October 23, 2021 - November 7, 2021

Join your First Descents community for a trip filled with fun, connection, and challenge as we head to Santa Barbara for stunning coastal kayaking and epic surfing. Never, tried surfing or kayaking before? This is the perfect introduction with our trusted guides at Santa Barbara Adventure Company! You'll get to…

Eligibility: Open to West Coast Region- Multiple Sclerosis
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Caregivers, Multiple Sclerosis

Northeast Region, MS Caregiver

October 25, 2021 - October 27, 2021

Gather for a three-day program with fellow caregivers to connect, reflect, and adventure at Minnewaska State Park for some rock climbing with the trusted guides at Alpine Endeavors! You'll get to enjoy two days of iconic climbs and beautiful scenery with the First Descents community. Downtime will be spent at…

Eligibility: Open to Northeast Region- MS Caregivers
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