The Wayfinder Experience for Teens
July 2017
Melissa Bowe

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The Wayfinder Experience

A Role-Playing Adventure for Teens Ages 12-17

This workshop is sold out. Please call Omega registration to be placed on a waiting list at 877.944.2002.

July 30, 2017 – August 04, 2017
Rhinebeck, NY
Melissa Bowe, Wayfinder Experience
Materials Fee:
Plus accommodations
SM17-3405-169Melissa Bowe, Wayfinder Experience,

The Wayfinder Experience combines sports with play, rugged adventure with imaginative role-playing, and problem solving with creative expression. During this journey, you are given the opportunity to cooperatively play, dance, act, and choose for yourself what to do when faced with the unexpected. It is an experience that helps you overcome fears, challenge your skills, and develop a healthy self-image.

This role-playing adventure is recommended for teens who have never participated in a Wayfinder Experience before. You are introduced to the art of sword play, magic systems, and story and character workshops, as well as elements of theater and play.

Experienced participants are also strongly encouraged to attend, and often get the chance to take on larger roles in the adventure and help build community. All teens join in building community with those in the grown-ups program, and everyone comes together to play in the Saturday night game.

More Information

Enrollment is limited for this program; register early. Melissa Bowe and the Wayfinder Experience Staff are also teaching in June and July.

Teens must be chaperoned. Chaperones may choose any workshop offered this week or an R&R Getaway Retreat.

Teens form an important part of Family Week. Please note that Omega has a 10:00 p.m. noise curfew and that all children and teens are expected to be with their families after 11:00 p.m.

Things to Bring:

Please bring the following items with you to the course:

  • Sneakers
  • Boots to adventure in
  • Flashlight
  • Solid black clothing- no logos please

Please note this program is during Family Week. If you don't have children you may participate in this program, but be advised almost 200 children are on campus, and services and schedules are geared for children and families.

Note afternoon sessions on both Monday and Wednesday start a half hour earlier, 2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m., and there are also evening hours on Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m..

4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
7:30 p.m.–8:20 p.m. Welcome & Orientation
8:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Celebrating Community or Centering Into the Omega Experience
8:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m. Commuter check-in (if not checked-in the previous evening)
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Workshop
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Workshop
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Workshop
7:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Workshop
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Workshop
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
Noon–1:00 p.m. Check Out

The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.

Dining Hall Hours (Dinner is included on arrival day):
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
Lunch: Noon–2:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.

Melissa Bowe

Melissa Bowe, a public interest lawyer, professor, and community organizer, is cofounder of the Wayfinder Experience, a teen summer camp. Deeply committed to youth empowerment and expression, she has directed teens at Omega’s Family Week for 11 years.

The Wayfinder Experience runs summer camps, school programs, and workshops for teens and adults. Their highly trained staff weave together extensive experience and talent in art, theater, athletics, writing, and play. The Wayfinder Experience staff has facilitated workshops at Omega Family Week for 15 years.