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Spring Semester
Jan 30 – April 25
Day Student: $13,000
Boarding Student: $18,000

Spring Semester

Calleva’s Spring GAP semester allows students to try new skills with Calleva! It differs from the Fall semester in core skill sets and the nature of the group intensive. GAPpers have an opportunity to really immerse in everything Calleva and continue their education and improve their skill building.

Spring semester is organized into 3 blocks that build into an exceptional final trip. This is a next-level expression of our summer adventure philosophy,  where students learn a little bit of everything, test themselves, and grow into a passion that will shape their life. Each block allows students to learn new skills in various platforms to encourage integrated, well-rounded growth.

Core blocks are mixed with evening activities and workshops to help young adults practice balance in their daily life of being lifelong learners. Students explore their individual passions and work as a group, discovering how to be a fun loving, responsible adult.

Sample Schedule:

Block 1:  Core Skills ~ 3 weeks. This intro block is all about life skills that we believe are necessary as young adults heading out into the world and finding independence. Each day, students work in a different field on a schedule that spans 6 days a week for 3 weeks. Students gain a level of proficiency in each of our Spring 2020 Core Skills:

  • Events Marketing — planning and marketing a capstone event for the GAP year program that engages the public with the outdoors and showcases the work that participants have completed throughout the year
  • Vinyl & CNC Arts — programming and printing signs and digital design projects using our own CNC machine and vinyl cutter
  • Woodworking— learning the basics and safety of using the common tools for woodworking and detailed construction
  • Agriculture (Plant) — learning the basics of early spring agriculture, in the greenhouse and preparing winterized fields for the growing season
  • Outdoor Adventure — learning about the greatest natural playgrounds this area has to offer and learning the skills (climbing, kayaking, mountain biking) to engage all that they have to offer
  • Community Engagement– working with local communities to make outdoor adventure sports accessible to urban and underserved communities

This introduction block allows GAP students to gain skills and make an experienced decision about an individual, independent project that they will want to take on later in the spring. It will set them up with general skills that will come into play throughout their semester with us. Community Engagement and Outdoor Adventure skill development will continue throughout the semester as Saturday activities and evening meet-ups.

Block 2: Group  Project Block ~ 4 weeks. Working with fellow students on a collective project that requires team work, group collaboration, prioritizing and assigning tasks.

  • 3 days each week are slated for design, research, & build*.
  • 2 days each week are designed around workshops associated with Group Project*.
  • 1 day is set aside for community engagement and outdoor adventure.
  • *Physical activities are scheduled in the evenings.

This year’s Spring 2020 Group Collective Project is a Tiny Home: Plumbing, Electric & Interior. Students will work with our our full time staff in the wood shop to finish up the Tiny Home that was started by the GAP students in the Fall semester. While working with mentors, students will be able to work as a group to make decisions about design and production to finish up the tiny home with their own vision. This project will involve all of the core skills learned in the intro block and will be an amazing addition to the Calleva farm!

Block 3: Independent Project Study ~ 3 weeks.

Each student will create a personal project focused in one of our core activities. Each student will be assigned an expert mentor to assist, teach, and guide them as they complete their project. Students can leave their Calleva GAP experience with a take-home OR leave a lasting mark on their Calleva farm in a way that they choose. This is truly a passion project and our goal is for students to leave feeling powerful about what they worked long and hard on.

Students are invited to lead the entire process and will receive ongoing encouragement and feedback to help them self-solve and self-teach based on the difficulties involved in their chosen project. 

  • 2 days each week are spent in design, planning, and working on project with mentor*
  • 2 days each week are focused on independent work on project*
  • 1 day group activity & trip planning and prep
  • 1 day each week is set aside for community engagement and outdoor adventure.
  • *Physical activities are scheduled in the evenings.

Take a look at some of the projects that have been completed at Calleva in the past. 

The sky is the limit on projects that we can create and engineer for students – they will brainstorm with a mentor to execute their vision!

Block 4: Final Trip: River Trip ~ 10 days.

Calleva GAP students will organize and plan an experience that will pull in many elements from what they learned from their outdoor skills training, including involving community connections. This trip will be birthed from the collective, with our mentors and leaders ensuring that it is not only a stretch for individual and group, but also delivers on a specific set of core values and expectations. The trip must be Adventurous, Safe, Goal-Driven, Well Planned, and should 

include a Service Element as well as a culminating Group Debrief.

As they plan their trip, students will:

  • establish group and individual goals that can be pre-framed into intentional activities to deliver their desired outcomes,
  • select their trip activities and location,
  • create a budget and timeline for the entire adventure,
  • acquire appropriate permits,
  • plan itinerary with the proper emergency action plans,
  • plan and pack meals, personal and group equipment,

The trip is the semester’s Grand Finale, and must be BIG on ADVENTURE and be true to our motto….. “Adventure is not in the guidebooks and Beauty is not on the map. Seek and ye shall find.”

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