Waypoint Adventure, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides life transforming outdoor adventure programs for people with disabilities
Waypoint’s Mission is to help youth and adults with disabilities discover their purpose, talents, and strengths through the transforming power of adventure.
Waypoint’s Vision is that all people, regardless of ability, will have opportunities for adventure and through them realize their personal value, strengths and abilities. These experiences will help people become stronger individuals and community members.
Waypoint’s leadership team has received training in outdoor leadership through the following institutions: University of New Hampshire Outdoor Education Program, Montreat College Outdoor Education, SOLO Wilderness Medical School, National Outdoor Leadership School, Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and the American Canoe Association.
Waypoint Adventure helps to make programs accessible through a variety of cognitive and physical supports including: differentiated instruction, off-road wheelchairs, skit-skis, adaptive kayaks and adaptive rock climbing harnesses and ascending systems. Participants join Waypoint programs through a variety of reputable schools and organizations including Perkins School for the Blind, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Learning PREP School, Cotting School, May Institute, Alexander Graham Bell’s Kids and Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.
CO-FOUNDER / CO-DIRECTOR
Dan Minnich received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Outdoor Education from the University of New Hampshire, is a Certified Wilderness First Responder and Leave No Trace Trainer. Prior to founding Waypoint, Dan trained and served with the International Alert Academy in Michigan and Texas specializing in disaster relief and emergency medical services. Dan and his wife Merri have three children and enjoy hiking, canoeing and the exploring the free gifts of nature and the love of their family.
CO-FOUNDER / CO-DIRECTOR
Adam Combs holds a Masters Degree in Special Education from Appalachian State University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Outdoor Education from Montreat College in Black Mountain, NC. Prior to founding Waypoint, Adam spent three years serving as the Associate Program Director at River’s Way Outdoor Adventure Center in Tennessee and two years as the Senior Program Coordinator for Outdoor Explorations in Medford, MA. Adam and his wife Annie and their 3 sons live in Wayland, MA.
Julia received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation & Leisure Studies and Fine Arts from Gordon College in Wenham, MA. She has been a Waypoint Volunteer and Researcher for 3 years in addition to a full-time Recreational Therapist at the Neville Center in Cambridge and Pace in Lynn, MA. She has co-led trips to Kenya with the organization Kupenda to assist and serve children with disabilities. She has spent additional time in Kenya illustrating a Sign-Language book for parents, hosting parent/community education workshops, and teaching art classes. Julia is Wilderness First Aid Certified. In their free time, her and her husband Joel enjoy fishing, camping, and playing soccer.