Challenging and Comprehensive College Preparation
The Wilderness Expedition is an 11-day backpacking and wilderness camping trip for sophomores that takes place in the rugged Smoky Mountains in the Nantahala and Cherokee National Forests along the North Carolina-Tennessee border. Participants are organized into crews of 8-10 students and accompanied by two leaders and a student leader.

During the Expedition, each crew is introduced to an exciting and rugged wilderness environment through activities such as wilderness travel and back country camping. The emphasis is on developing in the student positive attitudes towards challenging situations while teaching specific outdoor skills. In this environment students are challenged to learn necessary basic skills, to accomplish collective tasks, and to meet the physical demands made on them by the environment.

Since 1970, the Schools have encouraged sophomores to become members of the Wilderness Trip, an important and valuable part of the 10th grade year.

Why Upper?

Cranbrook Schools

·39221 Woodward ·Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48304
Cranbrook Educational Community admits students and makes its services, activities, and education programs available to students without regard to sex, race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, or any other protected status as required by state or federal law.

Cranbrook Schools is a private college prep boarding school located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, near Detroit, consisting of three schools; an elementary school with a private preschool, a single gender middle school with a distinct boys middle school and girls middle school, along with a co-ed college prep private boarding high school. Cranbrook is regarded as one of the top private schools in Michigan. Many of Cranbrook’s students attend top universities and colleges.

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