Leaf Peepers Expedition
Take your backpacking skills to the next level on this 6-day, 5-night tour of the Dolly Sods Wilderness!
Similar to our Tour de Spruce program, this camp will dig deeper into skills, gear, and navigation. You’ll emerge with the knowledge and confidence to plan and execute your own adventure.
For this September adventure we will meet in Canaan Valley and head straight into the Dolly Sods and Roaring Plains Wilderness (permit pending). This course will involve a 6 day and 5 night backpacking adventure in which you will get to test different kinds of stoves, water filters, and other gear in the field. Through the week you will work towards independence in route-planning and navigating. Further your camp craft and backcountry cooking skills, gain fitness, and explore deeply within the Roaring Plains/Dolly Sods Wilderness.
+ Unplug from the rest of the world
+ Experience Dolly Sods, Dolly Sods North, and the Roaring Plains
+ Amazing fall weather and leaf peeping
+ Multi-day, self-supported backpacking expedition
+ Celebratory dinner afterwards
+ All gear provided
+ No experience necessary but you should be able to hike 6-8 miles at a time
What’s included: Professional guidance and instruction, all meals, permit and use fees, shuttle services, gear, if needed, including: backpack, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, group cooking supplies. Certified Wilderness First Responder on trip.
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 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
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
We are free to have fun and learn in our own ways while still effectively accomplishing the goals of the program. – 2019 Summer Camper
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 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
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