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A Little More About Us…
GO WEST!!! USA is not designed to correct "bad" behavior, but instead to be a haven of enthusiasm, respect, trust and responsibility.  Disrespectful behavior requiring extensive attention or breaking the law is not acceptable and will result in dismissal. Click here to download a copy of our Youth Application which clearly defines the boundaries of our program.

GO WEST!!! USA is not just a three week vacation for the teens who participate. They must demonstrate a willingness to work together, before and during the expedition.  They must participate in the fundraisers and  community service events. During the expeditions, the teens must (all chores are supervised and/or taught):

  • Fuel the Vehicles

  • Wash dishes

  • Setup/Break Camp

  • Wash Vehicle

  • Hike over 100 miles

  • Cook Meals

  • Check Tire Pressure

  • Change Motor Oil

  • Carry Firewood

  • Change Tires

  • and much more!

With an introduction to:

  • Astronomy

  •  Forestry

  • Orienteering

  • Guitar 101

  • Nature Photography

"Many of our teens here in Central PA have never even seen a starry moonlit night. "   
 - Rob

Our Expeditions are both physically and mentally challenging, but in the end we fully expect the experience to be one of the most rewarding in the lives of the teens who participate.

ABOUT US

GO WEST!!! USA is a nonprofit organization committed to improving the lives of area teens. Today all teens face many daily challenges. Our objective is to provide teens with the tools needed to lead rewarding and successful lives.  In order to teach these valuable lessons,  we use nature as our classroom. Doing this also provides a setting outside the normal “comfort zone” of many teens. By challenging teens physically and mentally we are able to instill appreciation, self-worth, and healthy habits that they can carry throughout their entire lives.

We also stress the importance of gratitude for the blessings that all teens can find in their lives. Teens must learn the significance of responsibility.  Acting responsible brings the teens a step closer to productive adulthood, which is our ultimate goal.

Along with mental and emotional lessons, GO WEST!!! USA also teaches the value of physical activity. Today teenage obesity and laziness has become an epidemic. We use hiking, skiing, and other physical challenges to improve self-esteem and self-confidence.

Teens also practice other skills each day that contribute to their overall learning. These skills include learning how to use a map and compass, cooking, cleaning, and setting up camp.

By using nature as a classroom. By removing teens from their daily surroundings, we are able to open their eyes to new ideas. We take these teens beyond the textbooks into a world where they can truly experience the world. For example, most teens have heard or read about The Grand Canyon.  The actual experience of being there, however, cannot compare to a picture in a book. By physically being in the place they are learning about, teens have a new appreciation and enthusiasm for learning. From hiking to geography to cooking, nature provides a superb environment for teaching.

At GO WEST!!! USA we stress the importance of learning through experience. Teens are responsible for doing the cooking, the cleaning, and setting up camp. By doing these daily chores teens learn the value of hard work. They also become extremely proficient at the daily tasks. When they return from their trip they are better prepared for the tasks they face each day.

We also emphasize learning during other activities such as hiking. Teens gain knowledge of the environment, which is intended to give them a better appreciation for the world around them.