SOS’ trips to the Colorado National Monument trips are four-day, three-night camping, hiking, and climbing experiences that allow students to visit the National Park- Colorado National Monument, museums and study the geology and natural history of Colorado. Planned in conjunction with the Eagle County School District, the trip is the culmination of a year of in-class book study meant to complement the fourth-grade science curriculum. Monument programs integrate the SOS core values (courage, discipline, integrity, wisdom, compassion and humility) while teaching life skills, teamwork, and cultivating leadership. Additionally, the curriculum instills trust, self-discipline, self-esteem, and increased communication to help youth gain an appreciation of themselves and the natural environment.
During the fourth-grade trips to the Colorado National Monument, students studied geology and natural history in a hands-on setting. At the direction of highly experienced SOS guides, students spent four days exploring the unique terrain of Colorado National Monument with their classmates while learning the basics of rock climbing, hiking, cooking and stove use, and travel skills. Through a curriculum entrenched in the seven Leave No Trace principles, the Colorado National Monument trips provide students with a responsible and in-depth introduction to outdoor summer pursuits at an early age.