2018 Inspiring girls expeditions application

Basic Information

Date of Birth, Contact Information (Address, City, State/Province, Country, Zip/Postal Code, Phone Number), School Information, Parent or Guardian's Contact Information



We want a diverse team - diverse in terms of ethnicity, cultural background, geographic location, family economic situation, educational background, and personalities! Towards that we would like for you to give us a little deeper idea of how you view yourself. Remember, we are not looking for specific answers to these questions - basically we will take a mix of girls who span the spectrum for each of these.

1. Do you raise your hand and participate in class?

Not really, I'm more of a quiet listener



2. Do you plan to go to college?




3. Did either of your parents go to college?



4. Do you work outside of school?



5. My favorite class is:








Other ______________________

6. My friends consider me (Check all that apply):


Shy or private


A leader

A science geek




Other ______________________

7. I feel I can best be described as:

American Indian, First Nation or Alaska Native


Chinese, Japanese, Taiwanese, Korean

Indian, or from the Indian sub-continent


Mixed race (including Black, Latina, or American Indian/First Nation/Alaska Native)

Mixed race (not including Black, Latina, or American Indian/First Nation/Alaska Native)

Southeast Asian or Pacific Islander


Other ______________________

8. What kind of neighborhood did you grow up in?

Inner city




Other ______________________

9. How would you describe your family's lifestyle?

Upper or upper middle class

Middle class

Lower middle or working class

Other ______________________

10. Do any of the following apply to you? (Check all that apply):

* Note that this question is optional. Inspiring Girls Expeditions strive to create a safe and supportive space for girls of all types. Just as with any other question, your answer to this will not affect your selection for the program, but will help us get a sense of who you are and enable us to build a diverse team.

Daughter of a single parent

Daughter of divorced parents

Not living with parents

Lived or currently live in foster care

Coming from an active military family

Recent immigrant

First generation American

Lived or currently live on Indian reservation or in Alaska native village

Health and Well-Being

Please note that if you are accepted as a member of an Inspiring Girls Expedition, you will be required to have a basic physical and a medical form signed by your doctor. While similar to that required by many schools for sports programs, our medical form is unique with questions targeted to mountaineering and being in a remote wilderness setting. You will need to get our form completed by a physician or physician's assistant to be able to participate. Please feel free to contact us with questions at any time regarding this requirement.

How fast could you run 2 miles today?

If you haven't run 2 miles recently, please ask someone to help you time yourself.

How much do you typically exercise during a week?

Please provide the activity, duration, and number of times per week (for example: running, 30 minutes, 2 times per week).

What is the most challenging run, hike, or walk you have recently done?

Please describe this experience (how far you went, how long ago it was, the terrain: mostly flat, little hills, or big hills; paved road, mountain trail, or beach walk)., when you accomplished this, and what you learned that will help you train for Inspiring Girls Expeditions if you are accepted.

Are you capable of comfortably swimming 25 yards crawl stroke in deep water, face down, breathing alternate sides, then treading water for 1 minute, and then swimming back?

We ask this because the kayaking-based expedition "Girls in Icy Fjords" requires that we select girls who are comfortable in deep water for safety reasons. We recommend Red Cross swimming level 3 at a minimum and will discuss this more with you if you are selected for the team.



Better physical fitness would help you enjoy the program more. Would you be willing to train if you're accepted onto the team?

As part of the program, you will be expected to walk up to 5-8 miles per day over uneven terrain carrying a pack that weighs 40 pounds.



Inspiring Girls Expeditions are very physically and emotionally demanding programs. With that in mind, Inspiring Girls Expeditions are not an appropriate choice for individuals dealing with significant behavioral, emotional, medical or rehabilitation issues.  Are there any of the following issues that we would need to be aware of and/or accommodate in order to provide a safe and supportive environment for you and your team? Please read the two following questions thoroughly, and answer honestly. Please note that we may discuss these issues with you and ask to speak to your doctor prior to your acceptance on the program. 

Do you have any physical limitations or medical conditions that would make camping, hiking or living outside challenging?***

Please choose any that apply :

No physical limitations or medical conditions




Seizure disorder

Dizziness, vertigo or fainting

Respiratory issues


Hepatitis or liver disease

Cardiac issues

Weight 50 pounds or greater than the average for your height

Broken any bones or sustained any serious joint, muscle or back injuries in the past 3 years

Emergency Room visit in the past 3 years


Further information on physical limitations or medical conditions***

Please provide us with more detail on your physical limitations or medical conditions, so that we can better provide a safe and supportive environment for you and your team.

Do you have any mental health, behavioral, or emotional conditions that might make doing rigorous physical activity, being in an unfamiliar landscape, being with a new group of people, and being pushed outside of your comfort zone challenging for you?***

No mental health, behavioral or emotional issues

Anxiety - mild, moderate or severe

Depression and/or suicidal thoughts

Eating disorders

Psychological or behavioral problems

Neurological diagnosis

Past or current drug, alcohol, or tobacco addiction


Further information on mental health, behavioral, or emotional condition***

Please provide us with more detail on your mental health, behavioral, or emotional conditions, so that we can better provide a safe and supportive environment for you and your team.

***Except in extreme cases affecting safety of the team, your answer to this question will not affect our decision to accept you, but it will allow us to begin thinking about how best to accommodate your needs and to create a diverse and mutually supportive team. If you have any questions about this, please contact us.


About You

Please answer the following questions with one or two paragraphs. It is more useful to the application review committee if you provide specific examples or tell stories rather than answering in general statements. Your answers in this section, which are limited to 900 characters, are the best way for us to learn about who you are. We suggest you compose your answers in a separate text editing application (such as Word), have an adult read them and provide feedback, and then copy and paste them in the boxes provided.

1. Please describe your interest in Inspiring Girls Expeditions.

Why do you want to participate in this program?

2. How do you spend your days and weekends outside of school? What is a typical day and a typical weekend like for you?

3. What do you feel is one of the most important recent scientific discoveries or ongoing scientific questions?

What is it about this discovery or question that interests you or connects with your life in some way?

4. Describe your relationship to or experience with art as a tool for expression and communication.

Here, 'art' can include (but is not limited to) drawing and painting, sculpture, music, dance, theater, photography, writing, or any kind of activity you use to express yourself creatively.

5. What do you feel are your strengths or outstanding qualities of character? What do you feel are your weaknesses or areas in which you wish to improve your character?

Please provide specific examples or tell stories rather than answering in general statements.

6. What would you like to be doing in all aspects of life (e.g. career/school/personal life) in six years?

7. What are your ideas on how you might fundraise if selected to participate on an expedition? 

Examples include: bake sales, yard work, babysitting, chores for neighbors, sponsorship from a local outdoor store. Note: While the program is tuition-free, with food and gear costs covered for the duration of the program, we expect you to make a contribution toward your travel cost to get to the starting location of your program.  If your family is unable to pay for the flights, we ask you to fundraise a modest contribution. This helps us provide more experiences for more girls, and it helps you feel committed to being on our team. We will share strategies with you on how to do this. If you are chosen for the team, we will work with you and your family to discuss options for covering your travel costs.

 8. How would you contribute to the diversity of our team?

We are looking to build a diverse team – diverse in terms of ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, hometowns, upbringing, personalities, identities and life experiences.

9. Please tell us why you think participation in this program will have a big impact on your life.

We hope Inspiring Girls Expeditions will be a life changing experience for our participants. Please provide specific examples on how this program will impact your current situation and influence your future goals in life.

10. Have you applied to any Inspiring Girls Expeditions in previous years?

11. Is there anything else you would like us to know about you?


I confirm that I wrote this application myself, with at most some suggestions and editing help from family, teachers, or friends. I confirm that I have answered the questions honestly. I will inform Inspiring Girls Expeditions of any changes that might impact my selection for the program.