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2019 Inspiring girls expeditions application preview

Basic Information

  • Date of Birth
  • Contact Information
  • School Information
  • Parent or Guardian Contact Information


We seek to build diverse teams, made up of participants who identify with a range of racial, ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic, family, and geographical backgrounds. In this task, we ask you to share how you view yourself. Remember, we are not looking for specific answers to these questions. We want you to write what is true for you!

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

  • Rarely
  • Often
  • Sometimes

2. Do you plan to go to college?

  • No 
  • Yes
  • Unsure

3. Did either of your parents go to college?

  • No
  • Yes

4. Do you work outside of school?

  • No
  • Yes

5. My favorite class is:

  • Science
  • Math
  • English
  • Art
  • History
  • Sports
  • Music
  • Other, please specify

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

  • Outgoing
  • Shy or private
  • Funny
  • A leader
  • A science enthusiast
  • Artistic
  • Tough
  • Athletic
  • Other, please specify

7. I feel I can best be described as:

  • American Indian, First Nation, Alaska Native, or Indigenous
  • African American or Black
  • Chinese, Japanese, Taiwanese, Korean
  • Indian, or from the Indian sub-continent
  • Latina/x
  • Multiracial (including Black, Latina/x, or American Indian/First Nation/Alaska Native)
  • Multiracial (not including Black, Latina/x, or American Indian/First Nation/Alaska Native)
  • White

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

  • Urban
  • Suburban
  • Rural

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

  • Upper or upper middle class
  • Middle class
  • Lower middle or working class
  • Other, please specify

10. Do you identify with any of the following?
Note that this question is optional. Inspiring Girls Expeditions strives to create a supportive space for all participants. Just as with any other question, your answer to this will not disproportionately impact your selection for the program, but will help us get a better sense of who you are. Check all that apply.

  • Child of a single parent
  • Child of divorced parents
  • Not living with birth parents
  • Lived or currently live in foster care
  • Coming from an active military family
  • Recent immigrant
  • First generation American
  • Lived or currently live on an Indian reservation or in an Alaska Native village

Health and well-being

If you are accepted as a member of an expedition, you will be required to complete a basic physical examination and obtain approval for participation from a physician or physician's assistant. Please feel free to contact us with any questions regarding this requirement.

1. How fast could you run 2 miles today?
If you haven't run 2 miles recently, please ask someone to help you time yourself.

2. 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).

3. Tell us about the most challenging physical experience you have recently done (run, hike, walk, paddle, swim, climb, etc).
Please describe this experience (how far you went, how long ago it was, the terrain, etc), when you accomplished this, and what you learned that will help you train for your expedition is you are accepted.

4. Are you capable of comfortably swimming 25 yards crawlstroke in deep water, face down, breathing alternate sides, treading water for 1 minute, and then swimming back? We ask this because our water-based expeditions require 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 a team. 

  • Yes
  • No

5. Better physical fitness will help you enjoy the program more. What ideas do you have for training to increase your physical fitness if you are selected for a team? 

Inspiring Girls Expeditions is a physically and emotionally demanding program. With this in mind, our expeditions are not an appropriate choice for individuals experiencing significant physical, behavioral, emotional, or medical conditions. Please answer the following two questions honestly so that we may consider how best to serve your needs while creating a diverse and supportive team. Note that we may discuss your answers with you or ask to speak to your physician prior to your acceptance to a team. 

6. Do you have any physical or medical conditions that would make camping, hiking, or living outside challenging?***
Check all that apply.

  • No physical or medical conditions
  • Epilepsy
  • Diabetes
  • Allergies
  • Seizure disorder
  • Dizziness, vertigo, or fainting
  • Respiratory issues
  • Asthma
  • Hepatitis or liver disease
  • Cardiac issues
  • Weight 50 pounds or greater than the average for your height
  • Broken any bones or sustained any serious join, muscle, or back injuries in the past 3 years
  • Emergency room visit int he past three years
  • Other, please specify

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

  • No cognitive, behavioral, or emotional conditions
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Psychological or behavioral diagnosis
  • Neurological diagnosis
  • Past or current drug, alcohol, or tobacco dependence or addiction
  • Other, please specify

***Except in extreme cases affecting the safety of the team, your answer to this question will not be weighted more heavily than any other in our decision to accept you. Your honest answer allows us to consider how best to serve your needs while creating a diverse and mutually supportive team. 


Please answer the following questions with one or two paragraphs. Specific examples and stories are generally more useful and engaging to the application review committee that general statements. Your answers to these questions are the best way for us to learn about you! Each question is limited to 900 characters. 

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? Why?

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

6. Where do you see yourself in six years?
Tell us about your goals for your career, school, personal life, etc. 

7. What are your ideas on how you might fundraise if selected to participate on a team?
If you are selected for an expedition, you will be asked to fundraise a portion of your travel cost. Our expeditions are tuition-free and include food and gear rental, but we ask each participant to make a contribution to their travel cost. This helps us provide assistance to more participants and helps you feel committed to the team. 

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

9. Please tell us how you think this program will impact your future. 

10. Have you applied to Inspiring Girls Expeditions in previous years?
We admire perseverance. This information will speed up the process of cross-referencing.

  • No
  • Yes

The following is optional:

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