THE KROKA CURRICULUM

KROKA’S CURRICULUM FOR HIGH-SCHOOL AGE STUDENTS INCLUDES ALL OF THESE ELEMENTS:

  • adventure sports – climbing, paddling, hiking, caving, biking, skiing
  • arts – music, theater, painting, drawing
  • crafts – basket weaving, spoon carving, boatbuilding
  • earth science & ecology – navigation, astronomy, energy systems, forestry, hydrology, wild edibles, ecosystems
  • expedition skills & wilderness living – “not surviving but thriving!” – fire, food, water, shelter, health & hygiene systems
  • farm & food – sustainable agriculture, permaculture, food systems
  • foreign languages – French for travel to Quebec, Spanish for travel to Ecuador
  • literature & language arts – reading and writing that is connected to place, expedition, nature, and social justice.
  • applied mathematics – calculating expedition travel and supplies and statistical data collection for environmental studies projects
  • social studies – leadership & personal integrity, community living and local community development, social justice, community service projects, history of local cities and towns in relationship to the land

ALL ACADEMIC SUBJECTS ARE INTEGRATED WITH FARM AND EXPEDITION LIFE:

for an example, see this short video about our Winter Semester Program:

IN ADDITION TO ACADEMIC SUBJECTS AND PRACTICAL SKILLS, KROKA STUDENTS LEARN:

to live simply in the wilderness for extended periods of time without excessive technology and unnecessary equipment, and will feel comfortable leading others into wilderness places.

to live comfortably with few material possessions. It is our belief that unnecessary material objects clutter our lives and prevent us from connecting to our own inner selves. Students will learn to rely on skills more than on equipment.

to know the intrinsic value of serving others and giving without the expectation of receiving, and to trust that they will be taken care of if they conduct their lives in this manner.

to recognize and have reverence for the sacred order of life: shelter, water, fire and food and will recognize the spirit in all living beings and the value of all spiritual paths.

to live with few personal physical needs. One does not always need to be comfortable. Occasionally being hot, cold, or hungry are important experiences of life, which lead to personal growth and development of willpower.

to develop and use their body as a vehicle for mind, soul, and spirit. They will learn to pursue the limits of their physical body through mastery of adventure sports, such as rock-climbing, mountaineering, caving, paddling, back-country skiing and more.