Wilderness Running Camp
14- 17 years old
July 7-13, 2019
Explore the wild and wonderful forests of West Virginia’s best hidden gem; the Seneca Creek Backcountry. Campers will discover this wild land by running on (and off!) trails, exploring its caves, swimming in cascading waterfalls and base-camping in a central location to access all of it on foot. Two guest coaches will also accompany the group and will lend their expertise on conditioning and running techniques, and what keeps them inspired to run year after year. Campers will immerse themselves in team-building initiatives and awareness activities through various running based excursions. Join us for one of the most unique running camps on the east coast!
This camp is focused on general early-season conditioning, with mileage/effort level adjustable for different participants. This camp is also appropriate for athletes in soccer, lacrosse, mountain biking, or other endurance-based sports. If you can comfortably complete a 4-6 mile run you will be able to handle this camp.
This camp is made possible by a partnerships with the West Virginia Mountain Trail Runners and by Ultimate Direction. WVMTR helps provide expert running coaches and Ultimate Direction is providing hydration gear for each camper.
What I think is so valuable about what is offered here is it is not only trail running help, but the wilderness piece: orienteering, first aid, map reading, and leadership stuff. – 2018 camper
I liked backpacking camp but I love running camp so much more. Because I like being out in the woods and running is one of my favorite things and getting to do it out there with a bunch of other high schoolers is great! – 2018 camper
For questions or additional information, contact Katie Wolpert (email@example.com).
Ultimate Direction is the founding running hydration company in 1985. Ultimate Direction continues to reinvent the category with award-winning hydration vests, handhelds and belts along with Wearable Gear for running, skiing, climbing, obstacle course racing and fastpacking.
What Folks are Saying:
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
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
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
I learned to trust myself more and not be afraid to advocate for myself. – Summer Camper, Leadership Camp
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 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 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