North Carolina | Teen Coastal Expedition

Discover the North Carolina coast, as you explore the wilderness on a summer kayaking expedition!

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At the National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education (NCOAE), we know adventure. Immerse yourself in outdoor adventure, while learning the technical skills to travel & explore remote destinations in wild North Carolina!

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7 days

Course Information

Adventure First

During this 7-day North Carolina kayaking course, you’ll find yourself exploring North Carolina's remote wilderness.

With NCOAE’s 7-day Teen Coastal Expedition, you’ll explore North Carolina’s rich marine ecosystems. Travel through rich salt marshes and explore miles of white sand beaches!

During your expedition, you will have the opportunity to sharpen your kayaking skills, as you travel along the coast exploring the backcountry and learning wilderness camping skills, map & compass navigation, marine science, Leave No Trace ethics, and more.

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  • Duration: 7 days
  • Minimum Age: 14
  • Tuition: $1,190.00
  • Credit Hours: 0.5
Available Dates

Education Always

  • Leave No Trace (LNT) Awareness certification
  • Expedition planning and logistics
  • Kayaking skills
  • Remote wilderness camp craft, including map & compass, stove use, and backcountry cooking.
  • Itinerary
  • FAQs
  • Credits
  • Outcomes
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Itinerary Highlights

  • NCOAE core curriculum
  • LNT Awareness training
  • Gain experience in expedition planning, wilderness risk management, environmental studies, backcountry navigation, outdoor leadership, and more!
  • Gan the skills needed to explore the backcountry

Why Take This Course

  • Develop Kayaking and Camping skills
  • Explore North Carolina’s beaches and coastal waterways
  • Challenge yourself in new & rewarding ways
  • Gain the skills necessary to explore the backcountry
  • Advance your knowledge of outdoor skills, marine science, environmental science and more

Where You’ll Be

  • Keg & Shark Tooth Islands
  • Hammocks Beach State Park
  • Carolina Beach
What is the 7-day North Carolina - Teen Coastal Expedition?

The North Carolina – Teen Coastal Expedition course is a multi-day wilderness adventure during which you’ll participate in kayaking and camping activities – while learning how to travel in the outdoors on a multi-day backcountry course.

You’ll visit a variety of coastal areas, such as Shark Tooth & Keg Island, Bear Island, Hammocks Beach State Park, and Carolina Beach. Along the way, you’ll practice your paddling and outdoor skills and learn the basics of marine ecology, as you explore our coastal waterways.

How far will I be travelling?

You and your group will paddle more than 20 miles as you explore the marshes, dunes, maritime forests, and beaches along the coast.

Where will we be staying?

We’ll be living in tents and enjoying our evenings in different areas most nights, identifying the stars and sharing highlights of our learning.

Who should take this course?

This course is best suited to those who want to challenge themselves and learn new skills in the outdoors!

Is the 7-day Teen Expedition offered in other locations or on different dates?

We offer this course in a variety of locations and during different periods throughout the summer to accommodate the destination and schedule that works best for you. You can also  explore North Carolina on a 7-day Teen River or Mountain Expedition!

What do I need to do to physically prepare for this course?

You do not need to be an “Ironman” to participate in this course. That said, you will be required to paddle your own boat, with your own gear and some group gear.

What is the average group size and instructor/student ratio?

Each group has two or three instructors and eight to 12 students. We maintain an instructor-to-student ratio of no less than one instructor for every six students.

What are the minimum and average ages of participants?

Students enrolled in this course are 14-18 years old.

What gear and equipment do I need?

NCOAE provides all necessary group gear and food, but you will want, or be required, to bring certain items for yourself. We encourage you to contact NCOAE with all of your gear questions as early as possible. Start planning now by viewing the pack list.

Beyond my tuition, what will I need to pay for in North Carolina?

Your tuition with NCOAE covers all major costs related to your room, board, and lodging, except when specified in the itinerary. Students should bring a small amount of spending money for personal items; such as souvenirs, extra snacks, and gifts.

What kind of food will I be eating?

Since we will be carrying all of our food on our backs, we’ll be eating many of the items that begin in their dehydrated forms; water weight is not something we want to carry. Expect meat, vegetables, fruits, grains, and even fresh pizza! Of course, you’ll be making them all from scratch — learning to cook backcountry gourmet on the trail.

Academic Credit

Learning achieved through NCOAE’s 7-day Teen Coastal Expedition may be eligible for high school credits through Blueprint Education, an accredited distance learning school for grades seven through 12 with a mission of inspiring students to make better choices and be champions of their own learning.

Academic Course Hours and Credits

The National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education (NCOAE) curriculum maintains and exceeds U.S. high school standards for seat-time. Students may be eligible for the following high school credits:

  • Physical Education: Achieved through learning and showing proficiency in mountaineering, rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, surfing, standup paddle boarding, alpine, and/or backpacking activities.
  • Outdoor Leadership: Achieved through learning and showing proficiency in interpersonal development, small group dynamics, critical thinking, and decision making.
  • Environmental Studies: Achieved through learning about and showing proficiency in water conservation, astronomy, environmental sustainability, Leave No Trace (LNT), cycle of rain clouds, and oceanography.

In our beautiful home state, you’ll acquire self and group assessment and management skills.  This 7-day course will additionally expose you to a unique variety of environmental settings, as you kayak, camp, explore North Carolina’s rich marine ecosystems.

Where do you want to go (physically, mentally, socially, academic, etc.)?

This course will prepare you with the self-reliance and skill necessary to travel in remote locations. You will learn effectual communication skills, understand the importance of making positive personal choices for your life, and help you understand how to become an influential member of your community.

How will NCOAE help you get there?

The 7-day North Carolina – Teen Coastal Expedition is the affordable adventure option if you are seeking extraordinary outdoor skill development, including: wilderness risk management, backpacking, backcountry cooking and living, and expedition planning.

Best of all, you’ll advance your opportunities to travel in the wilderness, and to affect positive changes in the world.

Upcoming Dates / Reserve Your Spot

This 7-day Teen Coastal Expedition is only offered through NCOAE, which is why we’re excited to offer it in our home state.

Available Dates
June 17 — June 23, 2021
July 15 — July 21, 2021

You’ll develop your personal leadership style and gain kayaking and backcountry camping skills, while exploring North Carolina’s coast!