Max came kayaking with Waypoint for the first time in summer of 2018 with Newton Public Schools. During his first kayaking program, he felt nervous and stressed and did not want to go out on the water. Along with Max’s teacher, our staff encouraged him to try sitting in the boat on land to start. Over the next hour, Max slowly built up to being able to sit in the boat on land for one minute at a time, starting with 10 seconds, then increasing intervals. He never entered the water or held a paddle. Each summer, Waypoint selects a
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Waypoint Adventure white paper: Sharing the impact and strategies for increasing accessibility to adventure education
Dear Friends of Waypoint, My name is Jillian Zuck and I am an Occupational Therapy Doctorate student at Boston University. I have been so fortunate to complete my capstone project with Waypoint over the last 21 weeks. In the last two years, Waypoint staff has noticed an increase in inquiries from other adventure-oriented organizations about how to increase access for people with disabilities. I was asked to write a white paper describing the impact and strategies used on Waypoint programs to make adventure education accessible. Our hope is that this information will help to increase access more broadly. Please click
Long-time volunteers Paige and Kyle just opened their own fitness center in Wakefield, MA called Omni Gym and have committed to making it open, accessible, and inclusive to people of all abilities – they say – thanks to their involvement with Waypoint! Paige and Kyle starting volunteering in 2018 and quickly fell in love – both with Waypoint and with each other. (Yes, their relationship actually started around the same time as they started volunteering). They joined our Leaders-In-Training program as Captains – meaning they volunteered with the LIT cohort throughout their year-long series – and were hooked! As fitness
Donna learned about us after seeing our WBZ Story on CBS Boston this summer and has since tried out kayaking, skiing, and hiking programs – each time leaving more jazzed up than the last. She loves the community aspect of our programming. She said she loves how she can come on a program and meet people that she wouldn’t expect to meet in her day-to-day life. She also said how impressed she was that we can accommodate anyone and have a solution for everything!
2022 Fundraising Party When? Thursday, May 12th, 2022 from 6-9pm Where? Cotting School, 453 Concord Ave, Lexington, MA. Follow the signs. We’ll be in the brand new indoor/outdoor gymnasium/event space. Why? Although the outdoors is open, it is not accessible to everyone. Join the Waypoint community for our first reunion in two years, celebrate the inclusive adventures that have been happening, and together make the outdoors open to all! RSVP: Registration is required. Please tell us you’re coming at the link below. Register Sponsor the Event! Sponsorship at any amount makes the event a success and the outdoors more inclusive
The following article was written by Khushi and Emma, students at Medford High School for their online newspaper. Enjoy! We sure did. It was finally the day we were waiting for. Neither of us knew what was in store, but everything that happened that day was beyond what we expected. Before the hike, only one of us knew all the students in the Access High School Classroom, while the others didn’t know where the Access High School Classroom was located within the building. And certainly, we would not have gotten to know or appreciate the wonderful people there without the