“A leader…is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.” Nelson Mandela
“A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm.” Henrik Ibsen
“We shall not cease from exploration/And the end of all our exploring/Will be to arrive where we started /And know the place for the first time” T.S. Eliot
“It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end. ” Ursula K. LeGuin
In the Paradise Valley of Montana, American Explorers provides a rustic campus for nonprofit organizations to operate their youth-based, outdoor leadership, and natural resource conservation programs. The American Explorers Basecamp is a program of the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation which seeks to serve as a nexus for innovation and educational exchange in Montana and the greater Northern Rocky Mountain region.
The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation promotes positive change in peoples’ lives and builds and enhances the communities in which they live. We seek innovative solutions that enable young people, families and communities to achieve results beyond what seems possible today. To learn more: http://www.blankfoundation.org
The Foundation invites nonprofit organizations to utilize the American Explorers Montana Basecamp and Challenge Course for your youth-based, outdoor leadership, and natural resource conservation programs. The Basecamp and Challenge Course are available to regional nonprofits free of charge as part of our ongoing commitment to promote positive change in peoples’ lives and build and enhance the communities in which they live.