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Measuring Success

Wind River Range 2008

Sim­i­lar to the great suc­cess and impact of Out­ward Bound courses, it is dif­fi­cult to objec­tively mea­sure out­come from per­sonal growth expe­ri­ences involv­ing adven­ture and ser­vice which affect one’s value sys­tems, per­son­al­ity, rela­tion­ships and self-​​esteem. Much of the evi­dence is anec­do­tal and from observations.

Based on what The Amer­i­can Adven­ture Ser­vice Corps mem­bers have told us and from what we have observed, you can expect pos­i­tive growth in the fol­low­ing areas:

  • Ongo­ing injec­tions of self-​​esteem, pos­si­ble even over an 11-​​year time period of participation
  • Devel­op­ment of a stronger ser­vice ethic and a greater will­ing­ness to help others
  • A deeper under­stand­ing and com­pas­sion for others
  • More appre­ci­a­tion for the nat­ural world
  • Stronger fam­ily ties, espe­cially when par­ents attend trips
  • Higher fit­ness levels
  • Acqui­si­tion and mas­tery of life skills for out­door adven­tures for their families
  • Expo­sure to pos­i­tive role mod­els who do not think it is cool to drink, smoke, do drugs, or drink and drive

The most active mem­bers will reap the max­i­mum effec­tive­ness of all that The Amer­i­can Adven­ture Ser­vice Corps has to offer. In an aver­age year, there are approx­i­mately 44 days of adven­ture activ­i­ties, 45 meet­ings, and 10 – 15 ser­vice projects.