High Flight | Family Outdoor Center | MetroWest YMCA

Leadership Development

High Flight


Established in 1998 in response to a community need for positive activities and leadership opportunities for at-risk teens, the High Flight program is an Adventure-Based Experiential Education and Leadership Development Program designed to support youth and teens in their development of self-confidence, self-worth and life skills. High Flight encourages teens to challenge themselves with positive risk-taking, pushing their personal limits in a safe, accepting and supportive environment.

The High Flight program provides at-risk teens, both low income and those who experience behavioral or physical challenges, opportunities to develop skills and learn the importance of teamwork, trust and concern for others. High Flight uses outdoor environments as its classroom and experiential activities as the tools for learning essential life skills. 

Based at the Y’s Family Outdoor Center in Hopkinton Mass with its 122 acres, the sessions are typically 10 weeks long. Participants engage in high and low ropes course elements, rock climbing, map and compass work, backpacking, camping, canoeing, mountaineering and other physical challenges as well as group problem-solving activities. Also with the popularity of wilderness survival programs we have expanded the scope of our activities to include more wilderness skills, such as shelter building, water and food procurement, wildlife tracking and other essential skills. 

The programs curriculum is adapted to fit the needs and interests of the specific group in each session. The group’s progression as well as weather, geography, funding and other factors contribute to the variation in programing.  

For more information please contact Jen Curtis, High Flight Director, P: 508.435.9345 X106 or jcurtis@metrowestymca.org



Jen Curtis

High Flight Director & In-Training Corps Director


(508) 435-9345 x106
Jen is a life-long native of Massachusetts. In addition to High Flight, Jen also leads our summer in-Training Corps (LIT/CIT). Jen earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of New Hampshire in Recreation Management and Policy with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation and is currently a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). Jen has extensive experience in adaptive sports and therapeutic youth programming through Northeast Passage, an adaptive sports and therapeutic recreation community based program through the University of New Hampshire. 

Bill Mitchell

High Flight Specialist + Challenge Course Supervisor


508-435-9345 x107

Bill joined the MetroWest YMCA’s Family Outdoor Center staff in May 2019 as an Adventure Education Facilitator and as part of the Summer Camp staff as a Ropes Course Specialist.  Prior to that Bill had a number of years of experience working in schools in Special Education roles and is a licensed teacher in Physical Education.  His out of school experience includes five years as a summer camp specialist (ropes) and over a decade of coaching youth and high school, and club sports.  Bill obtained his undergraduate degree in Physical Education from Ohio Wesleyan University and his Master’s in Education from the University of Miami (FL).  He is excited to take his various skills and experience into serving the members of the MetroWest YMCA Community.