Rolling Academy Summer Expedition. Want to do something awesome this summer? 


Rolling Academy 2019 is an experience you will never forget! The Rolling Academy is a two week summer leadership expedition with Mountain Alliance. Rolling Academy experiences are a blend of activities including outdoor adventures, community service, cultural immersion, and environmental education. There is a big focus on leadership development and students will all have the opportunity to be “Leader of the Day” and to take point on various day to day group tasks. To heighten the experience, the Rolling Academy itinerary is top secret and unfolds to students each day throughout the journey! Each year is different. Past Rolling Academy crews have learned to surf on the Jersey Shore, backpacked in Colorado, had lunch with senators in Washington, worked in a Community Garden and camped out in downtown Detroit, explored a decommissioned missile silo, visited a coal mine, spent the night in a coastal light house, eaten lobster in Maine, and so much more. 

Rolling Academy is a two week summer expedition, but it is also more than that! It is a community and an experience that goes beyond the trip itself. If you are accepted as a member of Rolling Academy, you will join the team to get ready for the big journey. Prior to the trip, participants will be expected to engage in group activities and fundraising efforts. After the conclusion of the trip, group members often come together for service projects or reunion trips. These dates will be provided upon acceptance to Rolling Academy. Rolling Academy members may be asked to sign a contract verifying your commitment to making your best effort to attend these dates.


Rolling Academy is free for students. Students will be responsible for gathering sponsorships and joining the team for fundraising events. All students are encouraged to apply!

Every year, we have more applicants than we have spaces on the trip. Applications will be reviewed by the Rolling Academy Committee and applicants will be asked to join us for an in person interview. After interviews, selected applicants will be invited to participate in Rolling Academy. We will also populate a waiting list in case selected applicants drop off.


Applications for the 2019 Rolling Academy will be accepted soon!

  • Printed copies of the application are available in the Mountain Alliance classroom (2314). Printed copies and reference letters can also be turned in to room 2314.

  • Applications should be received by Monday, March 25th by 4:00 pm

  • Interviews will take place soon after the time the application process closes.  Students will be notified of their interview time 24 hours in advance and all interviews will be held in the Media Center (or alternate room at WHS).

  • Tentative dates for the Rolling Academy 2019 expedition are June 24th – July 7th. There will be several group meetings, service trips and fundraisers prior to the departure date. Rolling Academy is FREE, but we ask that you help with fundraising efforts for the program.

  • If you have any questions regarding the application process, contact Rachel Witmer ( or stop by room 2314 during lunch. We would love to help you with the application, so please come talk to us anytime!