Nature Camps Teen Adventure Support Material

Description:
Overview
Day Camp
TA Five Day Trips
Community Service
Service Learning Hours
Letter to Teens and Parents
Reflections on the TA Program

Supplies:
Overnight at NC
Spoutwood Farm
Appalachian Trail
C&O Canal Biking Trip

Schedules:
TA Schedule
Spoutwood Farm
Appalachian Trail
C&O Canal Biking Trip

Required TA Forms:
Enrollment Form
Health Form
TA Contract

Waiver for Spoutwood Farm
Whitewater Rafting

Celebrating 43 Years

Maryland's Oldest Teen Adventure

Specializing in Outdoor Adventure, Environmental Stewardship, and Community Service

**NOTE: The Teen Adventure Program has changed from 2 four week sessions to 4 two week sessions -- notably adding Biking on the C & O Canal Towpath (TA Session 3), keeping hiking the AT and working at Spoutwood Farm as the other options. ** Early enrollment is encouraged as group size is limited.

See PDF Summer Calendar.

Teens may sign up for two full TA sessions, with the option of being at Day Camp if they want to attend more than four weeks, in which case they would continue to choose activities in their role as a CIT (Counselor-in-Training).

Service learning hours are acquired through Day Camp TA camp projects and part of their time in the Spoutwood Farm Center TA sessions.

Nature Camp's Teen Adventure is an innovative and physically challenging two week experience. Focus is upon affirming individual strengths, engendering compassionate behavior, and bringing forth environmental stewardship. Teens feel the power of tradition and community during their engaging time with their peers. TA enrollment is limited to eight teens per two-week session with two TA Leaders. (Encourage early enrollment)

Teen Adventure I (June 19 - June 30)
Spoutwood Farm and Day Camp

Week One:
Choosing outside activities of interest, assisting in Counselor-led activities being that key older brother or sister helping children; participating in camp service projects; Ttwo TA overnights: Monday with counselors; Wednesday hiking and camping at Bunker Hill campgrounds in Parkton, MD.
Week Two:
Bicycling north (approximately twenty five miles) on NCR Trail (North Country Railroad) and back roads to Spoutwood Farm, CSA. in Glen Rock PA. Teens will garden and harvest; cook harvested food; work on farm projects; use the astronomy observatory (weather permitting); nature journal and reading. Teens and staff tent camp.

Teen Adventure II (July 3 - July 14) (FULL - Wait List Only)
Appalachian Trail and Day Camp

Week One:
Choosing outside activities of interest, assisting in Counselor-led activities being that key older brother or sister helping children; participating in camp service projects; two TA overnights: Monday with counselors; Wednesday hiking and camping at Bunker Hill campgrounds in Parkton, MD
Week Two:
Hiking the Appalachian Trail & White Water Rafting. Teens hike approximately 30 miles southwest of Frederick to Harper's Ferry.
*When enrollment is full in TA-II (i.e., eight teens with two trip leaders), the weeks will be reversed), i.e. hiking the AT be week one.

Teen Adventure III (July 17 - July 28) (FULL - Wait List Only)
C & O Canal (Chesapeake & Ohio Canal) and Day Camp

Week One:
Choosing outside activities of interest, assisting in Counselor-led activities being that key older brother or sister helping children; participating in camp service projects; two TA overnights: Monday with counselors; Wednesday hiking and camping at Bunker Hill campgrounds in Parkton, MD
Week Two:
Bicycling south on the C & O Canal Towpath 85 miles from Williamsport MD to Great Falls, VA, camping on the many campsites along the towpath / bike / hiking trail. Potential short side trails to Antietam National Battlefield, Harper's Ferry, Great Falls and more.

Teen Adventure IV (July 31 - August 11)
Spoutwood Farm and Day Camp

Week One:
Bicycling north (approximately twenty five miles) on NCR Trail (North Country Railroad) and back roads to Spoutwood Farm, CSA. in Glen Rock PA. Teens will garden and harvest; cook harvested food; work on farm projects; use the astronomy observatory (weather permitting); nature journal and reading. Teens and staff tent camp.
Week Two:
Choosing outside activities of interest, assisting in Counselor-led activities being that key older brother or sister helping children; participating in camp service projects; TA Overnight with Counselors on Monday; Family Overnight on Wednesday (helping with all aspects of the overnight); planning and leading all camp activities on Wednesday (with Counselors being TAs -- assisting).

TA teens are really in a Counselor-In-Training (CIT) program. This format highlights the understanding of the important role teens have in NC's mixed-age adventure experience. The Staff-TA Overnight strengthens the teens' skill base and understanding as being that older child role model in Camper activities. It sets the tone for an effective working relationship between Counselors and TA - teens - children.

Over the past forty one years we have delightfully witnessed that Nature Camps' some of the most outstanding counselors are the adults who have grown up through Nature Camps' Camper and TA programs. NC Interns and Counselors embody a marvelous work ethic and compassion.