Nothing is virtual about this camp, it is a hands-on adventure where we will ride on skill level appropriate trails, talk to other kids in person, get our hands and feet wet in wild streams, and not look at a screen of any sort the entire time.
Based from our Sweetwater Farm Trail Center, we will take our beginner riders on an introductory journey, spending two nights camping in tents from a wooded basecamp.
Each day, we’ll practice bike and awareness skills before we set out on group rides that are beginner in nature and geared towards developing a lifelong love of the outdoors, and bicycling. Our days will be filled with games, skill development, and fun. While evenings will be spent at our campsite based near our onsite cafe with access to bathrooms, prepared meals, and covered space. We will spend each night learning campcrafts, roasting s’mores around a campfire, and stargazing under some of the darkest skies in the east.
In need of a bike?
Rental bikes will be available for rent through our partner, Trail Labs. More info on rentals coming soon.
Parents need something to do while your kid is at camp?
We encourage you to stay onsite at our Sweetwater Farm Trail Center. More info on campsites coming soon.
What is the Sweetwater Farm Trail Center?
The Sweetwater Farm Trail Center is an intentionally built, thoughtfully created, natural surface trail system near Sugar Grove, West Virginia. In partnership with Trail Labs and Appalachian Dirt, our family friendly trail system has a mix of different ability level, multi-use trails as well as some bike optimized trails. We do have a high emphasis on biking but also want at least 60% of the trail system to be available for running and hiking. We will be officially open in June of 2023 with 9 miles of initial trails. Over the the next five years we plan to grow the system to 30 miles of trails. More information on the Sweetwater Farm Trail Center coming soon!
Dates & Rates
Session 1 (entering grades 6 – 8)
June 21 – 23, 2023
Session 2 (entering grades 2 – 5)
July 12 – 14, 2023
What Folks are Saying:
Through living and working alongside all the different people that come to this camp I was able to experience many different and new ideas, perspectives, and skills that shaped me as a person. – 2019 Summer Camper
I learned to trust myself more and not be afraid to advocate for myself. – Summer Camper, Leadership Camp
I learned so many interesting facts about the world around us that I will definitely take with me, but I also learned how wonderful it can be to be a part of a group in which everyone gives their all and wants to have a great time no matter the challenging situations or the rainy days. – camp participant
The mountain stewards camp is a wonderful, fun, confidence and skill building experience every kid should go through! – Sandy Frank
I love the freedom at this camp. It doesn’t feel like a structured camp with strict rules. We are free to have fun and learn in our own ways while still effectively accomplishing the goals of the program. – camper
That was the best experience of high school and allowed me to flourish in my further experiences in high school. Absolutely transformed my idea of my own physical, social, and mental capabilities and made me feel much more confident!!!! I couldn’t recommend it more. ~Former Summer Camper
Mountain Stewards at Experience Learning is a fantastic week-long summer camp for kids who like the outdoors (or who WILL like the outdoors after this wonderful experience!) Stewardship of our natural resources, self-reliance, leadership, and fellowship, are all integral to this program. My daughter LOVES this camp, and that makes me a happy dad. Experience Learning also has great programs for learners of all ages. I recently completed an excellent Wilderness First Aid course at their wonderful Spruce Knob Mountain Center. Check it out! – Mark Wenzler
The staff were terrific helping us coordinate what camp would fit us best. So patient and understanding. My daughter had a wonderful week and learned so much and made memories and friends. Great experience! – Kristin Potts