Leadership School & Adventure Weeks

Join us this summer for one of two programs for older campers.  

Adventure Weeks are an extension of our regular camp meant for boys and girls who are previous Field Campers (either in past years or in the current year) aged 11-14, and feature exciting outdoors adventures in areas of Central Virginia.  Adventure Week campers spend about half of a given week remaining in the company of and connected to Field Camp, but also have more off-campus opportunities to hike, climb, and paddle.  Our goal is to engage these campers and teach lessons about outdoors risk management and appreciation of the natural environment.  All sessions are one week in duration with an overnight on Thursdays, and these campers generally come for multiple weeks.  This is a great opportunity to explore the mountains, rivers, and other natural destinations of our region here in Central Virginia.  See weekly schedule schedule for Adventure Weeks below, and note that destinations may and often do change, in order to maximize the opportunities for the campers.  

Our Leadership School programs are designed for boys and girls aged 13 to to 16.  The Leadership School provides engaging and inspiring place-based education backpacking and paddling journeys that broaden horizons, inspire confidence, and deepen and change our perspective on where we live.  The trips all emphasize an ecological and cultural awareness and appreciation of the areas they visit. Students will be taught and have chances to use a variety of “hard” outdoors camping and adventure skills, and they will also be given roles that will provide opportunities for the development of “soft” leadership skills. The experiences are typically fun and rewarding for the students, and generally bring about maturity, responsibility, and self-awareness.  (See below for weekly schedule and sample itineraries).  We hope your son or daughter will be interested in taking up the challenge this summer!

What we teach:

  • Outdoors skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Enhanced teamwork
  • Leadership skills
  • Understanding of natural environments

Activities:

  • Backpacking, Camping
  • Canoeing, Rafting, Kayaking, Tubing
  • Geocaching, Questing, Orienteering
  • Rock climbing
  • Low Ropes

<  Kayaking on the Moormans River

 

 Adventure Weeks:

 

June 6-10

Sampler Week

One of three one-week programs will include introductions to kayaking, climbing, hiking, and challenge elements along with an overnight.

June 13-17 Paddling Day trips and one overnight on local streams such as the Moormans, Rivanna, Rockfish, or South Rivers.  Destinations depend on water levels.
June 20-24 Paddling Day trips and one overnight on local streams such as the Morrmans, Rivanna, Rockfish, or South Rivers.  Destinations depend on water levels.

June 27 – July 1

Hiking A week centered on the best regional day hikes, including St. Mary’s, Old Rag, and others we try to keep secret.
July 4-8 Climbing A week focused on hikes to rock faces for climbing, meant for beginning and intermediate climbers.
July 11-15 Paddling Day trips and one overnight on local streams such as the Moormans, Rivanna, Rockfish, or South Rivers.  Destinations depend on water levels.

 

 

 July 18-22

Paddling

Day trips and one overnight on local streams such as the Moormans, Rivanna, Rockfish, or South Rivers.  Destinations depend on water levels.

July 25-29 Hiking A week centered on the best regional day hikes, including St. Mary’s, Old Rag, and others we try to keep secret.
August 1-5 Climbing A week focused on hikes to rock faces for climbing, meant for beginning and intermediate climbers.

 August 8-12

Sampler Week The second of three one-week programs will include introductions to kayaking, climbing, hiking, and challenge elements along with an overnight.
August 8-12 Sampler Week The third of three one-week programs will include introductions to kayaking, climbing, hiking, and challenge elements along with an overnight.

 

Leadership Schools:

 

     June 13 – 24.                         AT Backpacking           A two-week program leading to a 5-day hike on a section of the AT near C-ville.

     July 25 – August 5.       James River Adventure.     A two week M-F program with the 2nd week paddling and camping down the James.

See sample schedules for these trips below the photos… 

Kayaking and Social Distancing

Hiking in the Blue Ridge

Backpacking at Mount Rogers

 

Teamwork exercise, a wilderness rescue class, hike to a water slide, and an urban perimeter hike

 

A typical schedule for a Sampler Adventure Week: (please note that destinations always depend on weather considerations):

M – Ragged Mountain Reservoir day (low ropes, team formation, climbing and paddling instruction)

T – Rivanna Trail Hiking Day

W  – Kayaking a section of the Moormans, overnight at Camp Albemarle in Free Union

Th – Kayaking the Moormans and South Fork Rivanna from Camp Albemarle to the Reservoir

F – Full day with group exclusively enjoying the Blue Ridge Pool campus, low ropes

 

 

A Sample Schedule for the Two-Week AT Leadership School (June 13-24, note that final schedules will be determine in the week before camp, particularly due to weather considerations)

M – adventure day Sugar Hollow, emphasis on team building and introducing expectations

T – At Camp Albemarle, skills day (hiking, campsites, “bathroom,” cooking, first aid, weather, goal setting), adventure activities and overnight

W – At Camp Albemarle, more skills training and river activities

Th – Rockfish River adventure day

F – at Blue Ridge Pool, morning games, trip packing and prep

M – trip packing morning at camp, drive to AT area, short hike to Cow Camp Gap Shelter, LODs, ecology lessons in outdoors

T – stay at Seeley-Woodworth Shelter, practicing skills

W – hike stay at Priest Shelter, ecology

Th – stay at Harpers Creek and return early to pickup on 56

F – day at Blue Ridge Pool in Ivy, break down

Two-week James River Paddling Leadership School (July 25-August 5, please note that plans often change due to weather and river conditions): 

M – adventure day (paddling) at Ragged Mountain, team building expectations and paddling instruction

T – at Camp Albemarle, challenges, skills – campsites, “bathroom,” cooking, first aid, weather, goal setting, paddling, overnight

W – Paddling Day on the Rivanna from Camp Albemarle

Th – Paddling Day on the Rockfish River

F – Blue Ridge Pool Day, trip packing and prep

 

M – trip packing morning at camp, LODs, prep and take boats to James River State Park, float section above camp

T – float day to below James River State Park), LODs, watershed lessons

W – float day to Scottsville, LODs, watershed lessons

Th – float day below Scottsville, overnight in cabin along the Rockfish River, LODs, watershed lessons

F – , debrief and breakdown

 

 

 

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