Apply Now: ARC Summer Program


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March 4 - April 23rd, 2021

What is it?

The ARC program is a multi-week wilderness-based leadership and literacy summer course, including backpacking, whitewater rafting, and rock climbing expeditions. Through their engagement with an integrated Leadership, Environmental Science, and English curriculum, students grow as leaders, gain a curiosity for the natural world, and discover the power of sharing their story. Students can receive elective credits for their participation. This year’s Tahoe course dates are July 5 – August 7. We provide up to full-tuition scholarships based on family income and all equipment is provided.


For students in Tahoe – Truckee, where we offer our school-year programming as well, the summer course flows directly into an academic-year of cohort meetings, outdoor experiences, college-access support, and leadership opportunities. Students are provided with structured ways to bring the skills they’ve gained during the summer back to their peers, families, and communities.


All students who complete the summer course and follow-up academic-year program will be awarded a $1,000 educational scholarship at the end of their high school career!


Regarding COVID-19, we were able to successfully run a pilot course with COVID precautions last summer. We have a detailed Communicable Disease Plan that I can share with you. We pre-screen and test all participants and we wear masks and keep our distance until we receive our test results. Since most of our program is conducted outdoors, we are isolated from people apart from our program and have more room to keep distance. If you have additional questions or concerns, please let me know.

Who can apply?

We welcome applications from current 9th, 10th, and 11th-grade students. First-generation students, English-language learners, and all students who are motivated to grow from a challenging, immersive experience are encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to students with financial needs.


The early application deadline is March 26th and the final application deadline is April 23rd. Apply at