The Overland Difference

01

Small Groups

Our groups are limited to 12 students—we pay attention to age, grade, gender, the mix of hometowns and schools, and we limit friend pairs to no more than two per group.

02

Exceptional Leaders

Far more than counselors, Overland’s leaders are role models of the highest caliber. Our leaders focus on creating supportive and wholesome environments where each student can flourish.

03

Student Ownership

An Overland trip is guided by our leaders but driven by our students. With their leaders’ support, our students share daily tasks, creating spirited, close-working groups where everyone contributes.

04

Careful Admissions

We carefully evaluate every application, always looking for students who are eager for the opportunities we offer. Our goal is to put together great groups of nice kids.

05

Group First

At Overland, the group always comes first. Simple things, like sticking together on hikes and rides and waiting for each other at meals, lead to important teamwork and leadership lessons.

06

Appropriate Challenges

Every Overland trip is a set of carefully crafted challenges with clearly defined goals. The challenges are thoughtfully calibrated, and the goal is always to have fun and make friends.

07

High Expectations

We expect a lot of our students—from playing by the rules, to including everyone, to helping out. At Overland, we value a positive attitude, enthusiasm and consideration for others.

08

Phone & Internet Free

Overland students leave their phones at home—no calling or texting or posting. For the time that you’re with us, you’re fully engaged with your group and your trip.