Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The journey of starting Footprints Adventures inc.: An adventure education nonprofit organization
by Anderson, Brittany L., M.A., Prescott College, 2010, 115; 1476524
Abstract (Summary)

One young couple's dream emerged from an accident that changed their lives forever. Brian's accident was a life-changing event for both Brian and me, as individuals and as a couple. During the year and a half long recovery process, we thought about what we really wanted to do with our lives, careers and Outdoor Recreation degrees. These conversations sparked the idea of starting a camp of our own. As a result, our dream of starting Footprints Adventures, Inc. came to life. Footprints Adventures is a nonprofit organization which provides adventure travel trips for teens and young adults with limb differences and limb loss (amputations). Footprints is categorized as a specialized camp, meaning it caters to a specific population (Lais & McAvoy, 1999). The complex, multifaceted process of founding Footprints Adventures is the case study for this thesis. It is a qualitative evaluation of the challenges and successes encountered while founding Footprints. I compare the steps that business professionals recommend to the actual process the Brian and I used to founder Footprints. Recommendations are offered with regard to starting an adventure education nonprofit organization and I highlight parts of the process that could be done differently. Finally, I discuss where Footprints Adventures is now.

Keywords: adventure education, specialized camp, nonprofit organization, Footprints Adventures, adventures for amputees.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Walker, Beth
Commitee: Church, Ford, Leach, Shari
School: Prescott College
Department: Adventure Education
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 48/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Management, Organizational behavior, Recreation
Keywords: Adaptive sports, Adventure education, Benefits of specialized camps, Footprints adventures, Startup nonprofit organization
Publication Number: 1476524
ISBN: 978-1-124-01012-0
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