What's Happening at Waypoint Adventure

Spreading Inclusion – Omni Gym opens in Wakefield

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

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Donna, a middle-aged fair-skinned woman, skiing on a sit-ski. She’s wearing glasses and winter gear. She’s holding trekking poles and using her arms to power herself down a gradual slope, but goes fast by the look of determination on her face and wind in her hair.

Donna discovering Waypoint

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!

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2022 Fundraising Party

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

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A personal reflection by two high-school age participants

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

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One Educator Waited 7 Years for Waypoint

Dr. Lygia Soares started the Merrimac Heights Academy (MHA) in Merrimac, MA in 2013 and the next year discovered Waypoint Adventure at an event. At the time, she only had one student enrolled in her private school for students with complex learning, language, and social challenges, but she swore when she had the funding, she would be back! Well 7 years later, MHA had the funding, the students, and the buy-in to go on their first Waypoint adventure! And now they’re booked once-per-month for the rest of the school year! We love this story of an educator who saw the value

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Two people kayaking on a sunny day

A Letter From Dan

What if we could make more years like 2021 possible? Does that sound strange to you? While many people have suffered in incomprehensible ways this year, and I do not make light of those experiences, I am also thankful that Waypoint was in the right place at the right time to make many moments this year full of JOY, BELONGING, and OPPORTUNITY. Here are just a few statements we heard from participants this year: “Thanks so much for the personalized kayak trip with my brother! We could not have asked for a better experience. Your kindness and professionalism immediately made

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