SUMMER DIPLOMA

INTRODUCING SUMMER PROGRAM DIPLOMAS: an incentive for dedicated Kroka students, the Junior Guide Diploma is a recognition of exceptional commitment to Kroka values over several years of expedition. Students who receive their Diploma at Kroka are role-models for younger students and are likely candidates for Kroka Semester, Apprenticeships, and staff roles.

ELIGIBLE STUDENTS RECEIVE:
A handmade wooden canoe paddle with Kroka logo
A beautiful printed Junior Guide Diploma
Recognition with your photograph on Kroka’s “wall of fame”
Invitation to participate in end-of-summer staff adventure race
Invitation to the alumni community and annual reunion
10% off of tuition for a Kroka Semester!

HOW IT WORKS:
Students choose a specialty from one of our seven Adventure Schools (Whitewater, Rock Climbing, Caving, Mountain Biking, Ocean, Wilderness Skills, and Rites of Passage)
Complete one intermediate-level expedition (2 weeks) in the chosen school
Complete one capstone expedition in the chosen school (3 or 4 weeks)
Complete two additional intermediate-level expeditions in two different schools
Demonstrate competency in the seven core skills of a Kroka Guide

SCHOOL


QUALIFYING EXPEDITIONS
(Program offerings vary year-to-year)
WhitewaterIntermediate:
Paddler’s Journey Uo North
Advanced:
Canadian Expedition
Climbing / CavingIntermediate:
Adirondack Rock and River Expedition
Climber’s Journey Up North
In Search of Lost Caverns
Advanced:
Expedition Katahdin
Cloud Peak Expedition
Blue Ridge Mountains Climbing Expedition
Ecuadorian Mountaineering Expedition
Mountain BikingIntermediate:
Singletracks
Advanced:
Green Mountain Bikepacking Expedition
OceanIntermediate:
Bold Coast Sea Kayaking Expedition
Advanced:
Cedar to Sea Expedition
In Search of Cape North
Ocean Leadership Expedition / Ocean Odyssey
Rites of PassageIntermediate:
Boys Rite of Passage
Wild Girls
Advanced:
Heart of Katahdin
Ocean Odyssey for Young Women
Wilderness SkillsIntermediate:
Expedition Pre-Columbus
Northern Forest Canoe Trail

Essential Skills of the Junior Guide:
  • NAVIGATION – successfully lead a group for a day using map and compass
  • FIREBUILDING – use a bow drill to start a fire by friction
  • COOKING – prepare a meal from scratch over the fire
  • CAMPCRAFT – demonstrate site selection, tent and tarp setup
  • HANDCRAFT – use handwork skills to create a useful product for expedition
  • LEADERSHIP – model group leadership, problem solving, and conflict resolution
  • COMMUNITY SERVICE – complete a service project with meaning and purpose
  • STEWARDSHIP – demonstrate positive environmental impact in the wilderness

STUDENTS WHO COMPLETE THE REQUIREMENTS ABOVE: will be recognized at program closings and acknowledged during our end-of-summer celebrations.

Interested in learning more about the Junior Guide Diploma? Email summer@kroka.org