An Adventurous Spirit


June 2012

With the approach of summer comes camp season, a time when young people get to feel as if they are out on their own, while parents are given some alone time. But rather than two weeks of ballet, tennis or swimming, what about an adventure that goes up mountains, down rivers and across state lines?

Emphasizing the motto “educate, empower, engage,” Panacea Adventures is a locally run nonprofit organization that takes youth ages 12-18 on wilderness expeditions designed to teach interpersonal skills in a challenging yet fun environment. Husband and wife Zac and Celine Adair founded Panacea together in 2008 after having both worked in the outdoor industry for a combined 30 years-plus. Their philosophy at Panacea is based on the value of experiential education — essentially learning by doing.

“We are not a touring company,” Zac Adair emphasized. “We are using wilderness experience to create life-long learners and instill leadership skills.”