Elizabeth Whitson, 21, is a born and raised Nashvillian! Growing up, she spent every possible day exploring and hiking nearby Percy Warner Park with her family. She has always had an infectious appreciation for nature, and this drive sent her on 3 different Moondance trips! As she put it, these trips grew her “confidence, perspective on the world, and overall ability to enjoy life,” exponentially. Elizabeth just graduated from University of Georgia and is thrilled for the opportunity to pay these experiences forward to the next generation of Moondancers. What most excites her about this summer is the chance to teach kids how to let loose and gain the confidence to feel comfortable in any environment they’re in. Get ready Belize + Costa Rica, Elizabeth is ready to roll!
Gillie McBryde, 21, was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, but has lived in Abu Dhabi, UAE, since sophomore year of high school! Gillie has grown up an adventurer and traveler, and has been active in the outdoors for as long as she can remember. She spent much of her childhood growing up in New Zealand as well, where nearly every day was spent hiking and exploring the deserts, volcanoes, and coast lines of this beautiful country. Now, Gillie is a rising junior at the University of Vermont, where she passionately studies Early Childhood Education. She has always jumped at any opportunity to learn more about the world and what it has to offer. The summer after her freshmen year, Gillie participated in a 30-day NOLS expedition sea kayaking and trekking in Scandinavia. This time brought her some of her most challenging and rewarding days, where she grew as a leader and built a community within the program. Gillie has spent several years at Camp Illahee and Camp Seafarer, and is also no stranger to Moondance! Gillie went on both the Pacific Northwest and the Thailand trips. Excited to return back to Moondance, Gillie will be leading our Belize + Costa Rica trip!
Findley Bowie, 23, hails from Richmond, VA and just graduated from Washington and Lee University, where he majored in Math and Economics. Growing up, Findley always had a passion for basketball and the outdoors, which helped shape his early experiences. Furthermore, Findley spent many years as a camper at Alpine Camp for Boys, where he formed lifelong relationships and lasting memories in the outdoors. Years later, Findley returned to work as a counselor, where he was able to give back to his home away from home. While at Washington and Lee, Findley spent a semester studying abroad in Galway, Ireland, which sparked his love for traveling. He also volunteered as a leader for W&L’s Pre-Orientation Appalachian Adventure trip, where he further developed his wilderness skills and his love for exploring the outdoors with others. Findley did an amazing job leading our Midnight Sun trip last summer, and we are so excited to have Findley join the Moondance family again this year for the 3rd session of our Belize + Costa Rica trip!
July 13, 2019
All students have safely arrived into Belize City, Belize.
We can’t wait to see where this adventure takes them!
First times stay with you forever, and our discovery trips will give you an unforgettable introduction to outdoor adventure. For those with an appetite for the wild, or those who have never slept beneath the stars, these multi-sport adventures will introduce you to a lifetime of exploration.
Some of the wildest and most wondrous destinations can open your eyes to the greatness of giving back. Our service trips are designed to take you off the beaten path with a purpose. Immerse yourself in a deeper version of adventure travel, by making a positive impact on the communities and environments you visit.
Leadership trips are crafted to hone your expedition skills in the most rugged, challenging and beautiful terrain we offer. One part wilderness immersion, one part leadership curriculum, these adventures are designed for those looking to increase their skills in the wild and in the world. Bring out your most confident and competent self on one of our Leadership trips.
Roll the dice, stir the pot, and take the risk. Sign up for our Mystery Trip and see what magic unfolds. You can’t go wrong; but you can surprise yourself with where you’ll go. This year we are offering a special trip designed for alumni students that features the greatness of a Moondance trip with the element of surprise.
There are still spaces available on this trip! Get in touch with us if you are interested in this trip, as availability can change quickly.
We have limited availability on this trip. If you’re interested in a spot on this date and session, please call the office as soon as possible to learn more.
While this trip is currently full, we are accepting applications for a waitlist. Please complete our online application to ensure your spot on the waitlist. We’ll call you to discuss options once we receive it.
We place limiting factors on students from the same school or hometown. We also strive for equally balanced co-ed groups. These factors may be relevant.Enroll