I learned how to be strong, patient, and to have fun while hiking! – camper
Nothing is virtual about this camp, it is a hands-on adventure, real-life reset, and a prime opportunity to evaluate outlooks and priorities for the middle-school aged camper.
This program will introduce our all-female Mountain Trekkers to canoeing. The group will start and end at the Spruce Knob Mountain Center. We will start by learning the basics of canoeing and master our skills on a flatwater lake nearby. Next we will take a break to help out with a stewardship project. We will then pack up and head to a nearby river for an overnight canoeing expedition. Along the way, we’ll spend time honing our craft and trying new things; from survival skills to natural art. The week will finish off back at the yurts with amenities and meals cooked out of our kitchen.
Our single-gender camps for middle-school aged kids are designed not to exclude others but to enhance connections with their peers at a point in their lives when gender-awareness is increasing, increasingly distracting, and potentially harmful. This camp helps to strengthen their connection to their peers and deepen their understanding of why these relationships are an important aspect of their lives.
This camp builds a safe and supportive environment around your child through group-strengthening activities, evening reflections and affirmations, and increasing their understanding of the wild world around them. Within this support structure each child is able to grow more comfortable within the woods, the group and their own self. A camper will often find the confidence to spend a night in the cave or to climb higher than she thought she could.
Campers will participate in stewardship projects earning an average of 8 hours of service hours per week-long session.
I learned that it is okay to get out of your comfort zone. – camper
Last year’s all-girls Mountain Trekkers spent a day working with the US Forest Service on the Lumberjack Trail, one of the main transverse routes in the Seneca Creek Backcountry. Thanks in part to these girls this once sloppy, boggy thruway is now a well-drained path that can withstand heavy use and weather.
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What Folks are Saying:
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
I learned about who I am as a person and that if I look within myself I can find some of the strength and courage that I’ve felt was missing from me. – Summer Camper, Leadership Camp
We are free to have fun and learn in our own ways while still effectively accomplishing the goals of the program. – 2019 Summer Camper
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 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
The mountain stewards camp is a wonderful, fun, confidence and skill building experience every kid should go through! – Sandy Frank
In this program I was able to be my own leader, which has allowed me to see the ways in which I can improve myself and the ways in which I am strong. – Summer Camper, Leadership Camp
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