The American Explorers summer experience is just as much a growing moment for our young leaders as it is their families. For many of them, this is the most time they have spent apart. Any type of connection, whether through posts on the American Explorers Facebook page, updates handed down from North Carolina Outward Bound or a handwritten letter home, become intensely meaningful. Appreciation of people and place in each of their lives takes on a whole new meaning. They will both be forever changed by this experience.