Rivers & Rocks
Due to COVID-19 we have postponed our traditional youth based camps until 2021. We apologize for any inconvenience
June 7 – 12, 2020 Cheat River Water Trail
June 14 – 19, 2020 Dolly Sods Wilderness
July 5 – 15, 2020 Combination River & Wilderness*
Try a little bit of everything during this multi-sport adventure for high school aged kids. With three trip options to choose from you are sure to find a program that will be a perfect fit!
All programs will begin at the Spruce Knob Mountain Center where we will get acquainted with fellow group members, hike around the local area, and spend the evening enjoying the yurts and sleeping in the dorms. From there:
June 7-12, 2020 – We will spend four days on the Cheat River Water Trail, learning about watershed health by participating in river cleanups and conducting a chemical analysis as we paddle downstream and camp primitively. Along the way, we will meet up with Friends of the Cheat to learn more about the issues affecting the Cheat today and the important role they played in helping to protect this scenic river.
June 14 – 19, 2020 – We will spend four days backpacking through the Dolly Sods Wilderness Area, learning about forest and human history as we navigate through a unique ecosystem typically not found this far south. We will explore, play and camp near the sweeping vistas, open plains, and high elevation bogs dotted with beaver dams and insectivorous plants. Along the way, we will partner with the United States Forest Service (USFS) and The Nature Conservancy on a stewardship project.
After four days in the backcountry, both programs will make their way to Seneca Rocks to learn belaying, climbing, and rappelling techniques, and to assist the USFS with a stewardship project. Our final night will be spent at Seneca Shadows campground sharing stories around the campfire and preparing for our journey home.
*Our eleven day program will combine the two trips outlined above.
This camp will work to more deeply develop campers’ basic adventure and wilderness survival skills as well as fostering relationships with each other, and awareness of group dynamics. Our mindfulness and reflection exercises will help each camper identify their strengths, weaknesses, and preferences and the supportive environment will help them develop confidence in the value and importance of their unique offerings.