Nothing is virtual about this camp, it is a real-world adventure in all its stunning and gritty glory, far from reliable wi-fi and cell signals, and a prime opportunity to evaluate outlooks and priorities for the high-school aged camper.
Starting at Greenbrier State Park, we will meet our group and begin with expectations for the week. After we get acquainted with our backpacking gear, our instructors will walk us through how to properly pack for the expedition. We’ll hike to our first campsite and spend the evening getting to know each other as we develop routines. From there, we will take on 20 miles of the Appalachian Trail, stopping by Annapolis Rocks to practice rock climbing skills along the way. Here, a range of climbs will be set up to ensure an appropriate skill level is met for all. We’ll learn to belay, climb, and rappel in a supportive environment while making time to discuss comfort zones and personal goal setting. In this way, we can use this experience as a tool for successfully facing personal challenges and fears. As we continue down the trail, each day of backpacking will be accentuated by fun lessons and activities structured around backcountry survival, forest ecology, and group team building. At the end of the week, we’ll get off the trail and head to the river for one final paddling adventure on the river. Current conditions will dictate the exact route and type of boat used, options include canoes, rafts, or duckies.
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.
Drop off and Pick Up Information:
Drop Off: Monday, July 24th, 1pm
Location: Greenbrier State Park
Address: 21843 National Pike, Boonsboro, MD
Pick Up: Friday, July 28th, 3pm
Location: Harpers Ferry National Historic Park
Address: Parking Lot, 171 Shore Ln, Harpers Ferry, WV
What Folks are Saying:
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
We are free to have fun and learn in our own ways while still effectively accomplishing the goals of the program. – 2019 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
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
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 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