Learning together for 20 years.
This summer, we will proudly celebrate our 20th year of taking students on life-changing learning adventures, all over the world. In those years, we too have learned a few things along the way. We’ve learned that students who choose Broadreach are looking for an experience that goes beyond traditional camps and travel programs. They are special individuals in search of a unique summer adventure that will take them far from the everyday and challenge them intellectually, physically and emotionally.
We’ve also learned that students thrive on the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge in real-world settings, outside of a classroom. With a close group of peers, they embrace discovery, celebrate achievement and return home with greater confidence, global awareness and purpose.
The lessons we’ve learned on every Broadreach adventure are motivation to continue creating programs that are not just a great time, but also a great investment towards the future success of each one of our students.
Twenty years is quite a milestone, and I couldn’t be more proud of our family of staff, trip leaders and the 12,000 Broadreachers who together have built one amazing organization.
A Parent’s Perspective
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I would like to share a recent conversation that I had with my children that illustrates the effect your program can have on the “kids” you work with.
My son Matthew Orr is an alumnus of ’98. My daughter Brittany Orr is an alumnus of ‘01. They both had different but equally incredible experiences in your summer scuba/sailing program. When they returned from their trips, my wife and I could both tell a difference in their sense of responsibility and outlook on the world. Being very different people, the effects were equally different, but in both cases their Broadreach experience had a profound positive effect on them personally.
Fast forward 8 and 5 years respectively. Last night I was having dinner with two very mature young adults, Matt now 23 (running his own business) and Brittany now 20 (a college Jr. moving decisively into a career in event management) and I complemented them both on their maturity level compared to many of the college students I work with who are struggling to figure out what they’re about and what they’re going to do. I wondered what had made them different. Unsolicited Matt said, “I can tell you what the biggest thing was. It was Broadreach.” Given a few moments to reflect, Brittany said, “Yeah, you’re right.” They went on to reflect on the timeliness of an experience where you are basically totally responsible for yourself from the beginning, have to relate to 10 other “strangers” in close quarters for a long period of time, become increasingly responsible for others, and see a totally different part of the world, all at the age of 15 or so. They both agreed the experience influenced their lives and outlook on the world far beyond a typical “summer camp”.
I just wanted to know that your programs have had a definite positive long-term effect on my children and I’ll assume hundreds of others that have had the advantage of being in your programs. I don’t know if you have significantly changed the program content or philosophy since we’ve been involved, but hopefully you have continued to have positive influences on young people far beyond the 3-4 weeks they’re with you.
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Please feel free to call the Broadreach office if you have any questions or would like to discuss our adventures. We’d love to talk to you! You can also email us at email@example.com