Waypoint’s Mission is to help youth and adults with disabilities discover their purpose, talents and strengths through the transforming power of adventure.
Waypoint Adventure is a non-profit educational organization founded in 2010 that uses quality experiential and adventure-based programs to transform the lives of individuals with disabilities.
Waypoint works with school groups, social service organizations, families and individuals to offer custom designed adventure programs that meet their goals and objectives.
These programs are not just about having fun on a boat ride, climbing high on a rock or sliding down a zip line – They are about positive individual and group development. They’re about building social and character skills, forming teams and transforming people’s views of themselves and their abilities.
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. The challenge faced and support discovered in these experiences will help people become stronger individuals and community members.
Waypoint’s staff have received training in outdoor leadership through the following institutions: UNH – Outdoor Education, Montreat College – Outdoor Education, Gordon College – Recreation, Sport and Wellness, American Mountain Guide Association, Professional Climbing Instructors Association, 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 Boston Public Schools, Perkins School for the Blind, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Cotting School, May Institute, 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. Adam is a Wilderness First Responder and certified as a Base Managed Climbing Instructor through the PCIA. 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 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 and holds a Climbing Wall Instructor Certification through the AMGA. In their free time, her and her husband Joel enjoy fishing, camping, and playing soccer.
Nancy Natowitz brings more than 25 years of management and financial experience to Waypoint Adventure, working in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. Her expertise includes day-to-day operations, financial, human resource, communications and facility management. She works closely with Adam, Dan and Julia to handle the day to day administration of the Waypoint office. Nancy holds a BA from Wellesley College in English Literature and Psychology, and an MBA from Boston College in Organizational Studies. She lives with her husband and daughter in Brookline, MA.