The Adventure Challenge (AC) program, originally modelled after Outward Bound, offers experiential learning designed to include therapeutic nature-based experiences, physical challenges, and teach important life and social-emotional skills like teamwork, trust, and belief in one’s own abilities. 

Many New Beginnings youth have never travelled beyond the places they grew up and Lewiston, nor had the resources to experience outdoor recreation that many Mainers simply take for granted. Most have never experienced “big city” life either; so urban adventures also brought youth to Portland, Boston, Washington D.C., Quebec City, and New York. All the AC trips help youth grow by trying new things and taking positive, healthy risks outside their comfort zone with caring adult support.