Senior Camp

Eleven and twelve year olds have a similar but separate farm and camp experience. They are somewhat more independent with a counselor adjacent but not sleeping in the tent with them. They care for the animals, develop skills in handcrafts or nature lore, learn new folk dances, create skits and help with special work projects. There are lots of big group games and fun times at the river. On a hot day one group might go on a two-mile jaunt down the river on innertubes.

A major part of the senior camp program is the experience of backpacking in the nearby mountains. Campers spend about half their time during the session on the trail, with a 2-day, a 3-day and finally a 4-day hike. We may go to the nearby Black Mountains, the range just west of us with the highest peaks east of the Mississippi, to the Linville Gorge Wilderness area, or along the Appalachian Trail. We sleep out under the stars or pitch tarps and cook our meals over a campfire. A group of 8 or 9 campers hike with two counselors. During each hike period there are hikes of varying length and difficulty offered. Many of these trips allow for a chance to swim in a river or explore a creek or waterfall along the way. We may find ourselves camping at the summit of a mountain or on the bank of a roaring stream.

Hiking boots which have been well broken in are essential. A good quality backpack and frame can be rented from the camp if you do not already own one.

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