Teen Adventure Program

Ages: 13-16

Sessions: 1-4

Spots per session: 8-12

The Teen Adventure (TA) program is an innovative, physically challenging experience for 13-16 year olds. The TA program focuses on adventure education, service learning, affirming individual strengths, teaching compassion, and fostering environmental stewardship. Teens participate in educational and service projects, both on site at Nature Camps and on trips.

Each Teen Adventure session is two weeks total: one week at day camp and one week on an overnight trip.  At day camp, the TAs participate in activities and act as counselors-in-training, and they are invited to stay for a TA/Staff overnight.

The Teen Adventure/Junior Counselor program for experienced 16-year-old TAs consists of a two-week TA trip and two weeks spent at camp as a junior counselor.

 

TA enrollment is limited and early enrollment is recommended.  See below for more information and specific dates of each TA trip.

Experiences

Spoutwood Farm

Appalachian Trail

C&O Canal

Teen Adventure/Junior Counselor  

Spoutwood Farm Trip

Spoutwood Farm, Glen Rock, PA


TAs and two TA Trip Leaders bike about 20 miles from camp along the North Central Railroad (NCR) trail to 26-acre Spoutwood Farm in Glen Rock, Pennsylvania.  TAs and trip leaders camp on the farm, where they spend the week helping to plant, weed, and harvest crops.  On Thursday evening, they prepare a delicious meal with farm-fresh produce through the Teen Chefs program!  

 

Spoutwood Farm is a CSA—a Community Supported Agriculture co-op—that provides members with fresh, local vegetables. In addition, Spoutwood is an educational non-profit organization devoted to teaching sustainable living on the land and reconnecting people with nature.

 

Registration Note: Teens aged 13-16 who prefer a day camp only are welcome to register for the Camper program.  The Explorer program is also open to 13 year olds.

Spots: 12

Cost: $1000

 

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Appalachian Trail Trip

Appalachian Trail from Wolfsville Rd. to Harpers Ferry

TAs backpack approximately 30 miles on the Appalachian Trail from Wolfsville Rd. to Harpers Ferry. The group cooks and camps on the trail, staying in AT shelters when available.  On Thursday afternoon, the group arrives in Harpers Ferry, where they get dinner and ice cream before spending the night in a Youth Hostel. On Friday, teens whitewater raft down the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers!

The Appalachian Trail trip for experienced TAs is open to teens who has previously gone on any TA trip.  While following the same basic itinerary as the standard AT trip, the group will develop leadership and wilderness skills as they work together to prepare meals, navigate the trail, and complete other tasks. Participants in the TA/JC program are encouraged to go on this trip as their Teen Adventure trip!

Registration Note: Teens aged 13-16 who prefer a day camp only are welcome to register for the Camper program.  The Explorer program is also open to 13 year olds.

Spots: 8

Cost: $1000

 

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C&O Canal Towpath Bike Trip

C & O Canal Towpath from Williamsport, MD to Great Falls, VA near Washington, DC

Teens bike about 85 miles over the course of this five-day trip from Williamsport, MD, to Great Falls National Park (near Washington, D.C.). The route along the historic C&O Canal Towpath provides opportunities to take short side trails to visit small towns, including stopping in Harper’s Ferry for dinner one night, and the group is able to stop along the way to explore the Potomac River or investigate caves.  On Friday morning, the group arrives in Great Falls National Park, where they can witness the incredible waterfall and other beautiful natural sights, and they might even see a reenactment of mules towing boats in the canal!

 

The group carries all of their gear and food on rear racks on their bikes, as well as in two pull-behind trailers.  They spend nights and cook meals at hiker-biker campsites along the towpath. 

Registration Note: Teens aged 13-16 who prefer a day camp only are welcome to register for the Camper program.  The Explorer program is also open to 13 year olds.

Spots: 8

Cost: $1000

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Teen Adventure/Junior Counselor

Application Required, 16 year olds only

This new program allows selected 16 year olds who have previously participated in the Teen Adventure Program to combine the experiences of Teen Adventure with those of being a junior counselor. In a four week session, TA/JCs spend the first two weeks as a TA and the last two weeks as a junior counselor.  At camp as junior counselors, these teens both lead activities and are responsible for a small group alongside other counselors. They are mentored by the Teen Adventure Coordinator, who helps them adjust to their new roles as junior counselors and guides them through their four-week session. Although sessions are four weeks long, TA/JC participants may choose to extend their time as a junior counselor by 2 or 4 additional weeks.

 

TA/JC application

Cost: $1000

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Camp Address:

17433 Big Falls Rd

Monkton, MD 21111

(No Mail Service)

 

Mailing Address:

Nature Camps, Inc., P.O. Box 418

Manheim, PA 17545

Email: naturecampsinc@gmail.com

Don Webb, director:

410-935-1545

(year round)

I only went for a walk and finally concluded to stay out 'til sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. - John Muir