Adventure Education


Adventure Education FSI 10th Grade 2015-2016 

Chris DeFiore’s FSI Adventure Education Course Syllabus opens with this quote from Helen Keller:

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” –Helen Keller

Description: Adventure Education is a 10th grade level class designed to guide students through an examination of the role of challenge and adventure in one’s life. Through adventure and challenge, students will gain skills in collaboration, leadership, persistence, and reflection as well as outdoor skills. As a class we will embark on a variety of adventures during this course including (outdoor adventures, outdoor first aid, and service projects). Students will be a CREW not passengers during these adventures. Students will be responsible for researching, designing, and leading most aspects of these adventures and at times the direction of the class curriculum.


Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will gain skills in collaboration, leadership, persistence, and reflection through challenging group activities
  • Students will be able to safely demonstrate a variety of outdoor skills
  • Students will gain an understanding of the role of challenge in their life and a skill-set with which to approach future challenges
  • Students will be able to plan and implement a safe group wilderness expedition and service project
  • Students will be able identify common wilderness medical issues and demonstrate effective patient care

Quarter 1The Adventure Begins!:  What is Challenge and Adventure? Who am I, when I am being challenged? How do myself and others approach success and failure?: An investigation of challenge an adventure through examining text and experiencing personal & group challenge

Some of the topics covered, in addition to our team-building and investigation of challenge, include:

  • Orienteering, Map Reading
  • Expedition Planning,Wilderness Leave No Trace, Plant ID
  • Land Use Management & Local Environmental History
  • Knots and Systems


On Friday, October 9, 2015, FSI Adventure Education students demonstrated their growth in these learning outcomes in our field trip to Warren Wilson’s Alpine Tower ropes course.  Not only did these students demonstrate the Habits of Scholarship (Inquiry, Ethics, Collaboration, Leadership, Action, & Persistence); they modeled integrity to our FSI “Crew, not Passengers” standard by practicing “Challenge by Choice” and the “Five Finger Contract.”  It was an honor to participate in this authentic adventure learning experience with Chris and this crew:

Meredith Andrews
Asher Ayala
Kiran Bursenos
Ted Davis
Rowan Gardner
Taylor Hedden
Grainger Hite
Sydney Miller
Caroline Sprenger
Dakota Stepp
Ever Zerbe
Thanks, to Marty O’Keefe, Ed Raiola, and all the awesome students from the Warren Wilson Outdoor Leadership Program who made this adventure possible.

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