Ranger Endeavor

* We are finalizing details regarding this program.
Last updated: Dec 1, 2017

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General Program Requirements

Program Dates:

April 22-29, 2018

Application Deadline:

February 1, 2018

If you are interested in being a participant or volunteer, please click on the button below.

U.S. Army Rangers “Lead The Way”
Camp Frank D. Merrill Dahlonega, Georgia

Nestled in the back woods and mountains of what is known as “The Peach State”, is a small training camp with a big reputation. Camp Merrill is home of the 5th Ranger Training Battalion and the Mountain Phase of the US Army Ranger School. Although you might think Georgia is a sweet state, it is also known for producing a harsher and less agreeable flavor of men, those being highly trained soldiers who aim to represent the nation with fierce determination.

The same proud soldiers are representing and giving back to another breed of man, those of which you could say have a different vision and perspective. Blind veterans are being brought in by the Blind Endeavors Foundation to explore what it means to trek & climb over irregular terrain. Driving hard and fast past what most would consider a debilitating injury, these few injured veterans seek to climb higher and beyond the status quo.

The week at the camp includes movement over irregular terrain, exercises on rock formations and training obstacles, all of which are usually built to train able body ranger hopefuls. The same exercises will challenge and test the hearts and minds of the participating blind veterans.

Blind Endeavors Foundation wants to Endeavor to Connect!

The founder of Blind Endeavors Foundation, Steve Baskis, believes it is programs like these which give the veterans a way to establish a new normal, maybe one that surpasses personal standards and encourages self growth even after war and debilitating injuries. During the week all participants socialize and participate in physical activity that promotes adventurous lifestyles.

Volunteers will have meals and activities covered.  Transportation for volunteers must be pre-approved by the program committee.
We partner & collaborate with other local businesses and non-profit organizations to execute some of the above activities. Safety is always on our mind and we exercise our best judgement for the pursuit of adventure & exploration. We always want participants and volunteers to be responsible and aware of the risks in participating in adventurous activities. If you ever have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at: programs@blindendeavors.org
Important:
We are always seeking new participants, those who have not ventured into the great wilderness and unknown. One way for you to help our mission is to spread the word and share our program and application to all who may be interested. The application is for volunteers, professionals and veteran participants alike. If you have certificates such as CPR, Wilderness first aid, experience working with the disabled, we welcome your application submission.
“When was the last time you tried something for the first time”
* Please note, we are currently not accredited or affiliated with any type of school.  This is a program operated by Blind Endeavors Foundation in partnership with other organizations.  We are looking into the possibility of working with accredited institutions in the future.