Friday, January 23, 2009

Southwest District Ahperd Conference, Phoenix, Jan 09

Southwestern District Ahperd was a great event! Renee Cavaluzzi presented two workshops:

Social and Emotional Learning through Adventure and Achieving Fitness. Both were well attended and a huge success! Project Adventure sponsored the AZ Past President's Dinner at the Cork and Cleaver Restaurant.

Attendees were excited to see Spark, by Dr. John Ratey as a book offering at the PA booth. Many educators had heard about this great book through their administrators. We sold out by early on day two!

Achieving Fitness Activity Guide and the Adventure Curriculum for Physical Education also sold out.

It was great to see old PA friends including Shelley Fey, from the Punahou School in Honolulu, all our friends from the Kyrene School District, Safford Unified School District, Jennifer Reeves of The University of Arizona, Drisha Leggitt of CA AHPERD to name just a few.

Thanks to Donna Moore of Payson Unified School District who put on a great conference!

We always love to spend time with our friends and partners from Flaghouse - John Ruggiero and Eileen Avato!

New Project Adventure Training Site in Lake Williamson Christian Center

Forgive me if I sound like a commercial plug here, but I am THRILLED
to announce that Lake Williamson Christian Center is now the first
mid-states training site for Project Adventure! I started attending PA
classes 3 years ago, working on my Masters Degree in Adventure Ed
through PA and Plymouth State University. I've often heard others in
my area say they'd love to take a PA course, but the travel costs were
prohibitive. So it has been my desire for some time to help bring PA
to the central states. Lake Williamson is only 1 hour from St. Louis,
4 hours from Chicago, and 4 hours from Indianapolis. We have food,
lodging (and a hot tub!) on-site.

PA is updating their website for details, but upcoming courses include:

Engaging Activities for Social and Emotional Learning, February 21-22, 2009
Adventure Curriculum for Physical Education, April 6-7, 2009
Achieving Fitness: An Adventure Approach, April 8-9, 2009
Adventure Programming, June 10-13, 2009
Adventures in Building Community and Diversity, September 24-26, 2009
Adventure Based Counseling, October 22-25, 2009

I hope some of you can take advantage of the Lake Williamson location!

Jeffery Gosnell, program director
Lake Williamson Christian Center &
Cedar Creek Retreat Center

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Carol White PEP Grant Writing Tips Packet now available

Use this grant writing packet to infuse adventure Carol White PEP Grant application! Contact us for more info or to join one of our three free telelconferences.

Free Phone Consultations
Bill Bates, Project Adventure consultant has himself written, and been funded for several PEP Grants. Bill will use his expertise to integrate Project Adventure into your application. You can reach Bill at or by calling 978-524-4658.

**Due to the high volume of calls and emails, we recommend that you first review the grant writing packet and participate in the teleconferences.

3) We are offering three PEP Grant Writing Teleconferences

PEP Teleconference 1 January 27, 2009 2:30 - 3:15pm E.S.T.
Topics: Overview of the RFP, highlights, mandatories and making your case!

PEP Teleconference 2 February 3, 2009 4:00 - 4:45pm E.S.T.
Topics: Questions so far, budgeting overview.

PEP Teleconference 3 February 12, 2009 1:00 - 1:45pm E.S.T.
Topics: Checking in: where are you now? Additional information and updates.

These teleconferences are offered at no cost to you.

All that you need to participate is a phone. You must register in advance by contacting Cara Meeker at Call-in instructions will be emailed to you prior to each teleconference. You may register for one or all of them. These teleconferences are your opportunity to receive advice from Bill Bates of Project Adventure and Rosalie Mangino-Crandall of Insight Grants, LLC.

Houston Area Schools Challenge Course Data and Presentations

Thanks to Mary Constant of Fort Bend I.S.D. for sharing info on how challenge courses are presented within the Houston area schools as well as data collected from these programs.

Click here to access Mary's great info.