EXPEDITION/EXPLORATION

Wyoming Congressional Award participants don‘t just dream of seeing the world, they make it happen.

Participants may submit Virtual Expeditions/Explorations through June 2021

Download Tips and Requirements for Your Virtual Exploration/Expedition

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An expedition or exploration is designed to challenge you to experience something completely new—it doesn't have to be costly, just adventurous and beyond your comfort zone. Because the experience is designed by you, the level of challenge is personal. It can and will vary from participant to participant. That's OK!

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An expedition or exploration is not a "sign up and go" experience—it's an immersive one that requires self-reliance, determination, and cooperation. Whether you're backpacking through a National Park or traveling to a faraway city or foreign country for a cultural experience, you do the planning, research, and preparation every step of the way.

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No matter what type of experience you plan, it will be transformative; stepping forth into the world always is. You'll gain confidence from learning what you're truly capable of, curiosity about people and places foreign to you, and a new, expanded perspective of the world and your place in it. The best part? Once you start, you'll never see the world the same way again.

Setting goals that challenge and immerse

you in new experiences can be a little scary.

But trust us—you'll never be the same.

Your expedition or exploration is unique to you—

but here are some ideas to inspire you and spark your curiosity!

Expedition Ideas

• bicycle tour across Wyoming or the west

• hiking the Appalachian Trail

• canoe/rafting tour

• wilderness camping

• Civil Patrol rescue

• mountain climbing

• Outward Bound activities

• scientific research trip

• deep dive into a National Park

Exploration Ideas

• immersive big city visits to Denver, Seattle, San

   Francisco, New York City, Paris, or any other city

   that captures your curiosity

• immersive small town (or ghost town!) visits to Virginia

   City, Rhyolite, Pendleton, Selma, Torrington, or any other

   small place that captures your curiosity

• a special cultural project while studying abroad

• a cultural exchange with an Amish family, a Native

   American family, a ranching family, or an inner city family

• shadow a person with a physical impairment (with their

   permission, of course!)

• a historical exploration of the Oregon Trail

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1 day

2 days

3 days

1 overnight

(2 days/1 night)

2 overnights

(3 days/2 nights)

4 overnights

(5 days/4 nights)

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.

HELEN KELLER