EARTH EXPEDITIONS

Craving even more adventures beyond our Traditional Camp program? Earth Expeditions are specially crafted weeks full of fun and a variety of out-of-camp trips exploring the Allegheny Highlands. These trips are based out of our Sunrise Village and emphasize small group community living in platform tents, outdoor ethics, and exciting experiences in spectacular settings. Each Expedition is an all-inclusive camp week that is separate from Traditional Camp and can be combined with any other camp sessions or Expeditions. Space is limited, so enroll today!

PADDLES AND PEAKS – July 8-14

Experience West Virginia’s highest peak and world-class whitewater all in one week! This fun-filled week begins in our wilderness outpost before packing up to hike and camp at Spruce Knob, practice campsite management skills in the backcountry, and explore the depths of a wild cave. A trip to the New River Gorge for whitewater rafting is a highlight of the week and makes for great stories around the campfire.

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Paddles and Peaks Trip Itinerary:

Sunday:
Arrive at camp! Get to know your group, settle in to Sunrise Village tent camp and help cook the evening meal over the campfire.
Monday:
The first full day of camp is packed with team building challenges to help you mesh with your group and prepare for your next outing. After spending the day on the low and high ropes courses (including our woodland zip line!) we’ll pack up and head out to the Seneca Creek backcountry on Spruce Knob, the highest point in West Virginia at 4,862 feet above sea level. We’ll set up a base camp along the trail in this incredibly scenic area.
Tuesday:
Today is all about getting to know your way around the backcountry. While we practice our map, compass, and GPS navigational skills, we’ll visit scenic waterfalls and maybe even a swimming hole or two. We’ll spend the day exploring and hike back to our campsite for the night.
Wednesday:
We’ll pack up our Spruce Knob campsite and jump in the van for the next leg of our adventure. This time, we’ll travel deep underground as we explore the world of a wild cave. After getting down and dirty, it’s time to travel back to Sunrise Village for hot showers and some of our famous Dutch oven cooking.
Thursday:
We’ll rise and shine at dawn’s early light to get ready for the adventure of the day: white water rafting! We’ll travel to the New River Gorge for world class white water paddling, swimming, jumping off Jump Rock, and a picnic lunch along the river. After a long day on the river, we’ll all be ready to return home sweet home to Sunrise Village and share stories around the campfire.
Friday:
Friday is a day for some well-earned R & R and our classic Camp Hidden Meadows favorites including our 1000-foot zip line, waterslide, and more. A day hike to the top of Smoke Camp Knob tops off the week with unbeatable views. At the end of the day, we’ll share our adventures with the Traditional campers through our GoPro presentation by joining the closing campfire.
Saturday:
Time to say goodbyes to our newfound friends and start making plans for next summer’s adventures!

APPALACHIAN ADVENTURE – July 15-21

This action-packed week begins in our wilderness outpost and journeys out to explore some of the most scenic areas of the Appalachian Mountains. This week includes an overnight Canyon canoe trip, camping and climbing at world-famous Seneca Rocks, wild caving deep under the mountains, and your choice of a Zip Line Canopy Tour or Via Ferrata climbing experience to top off your adventures.

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Appalachian Adventure Trip Itinerary:

Sunday:

Arrive at camp! Get to know your group, settle in to Sunrise Village tent camp and help cook the evening meal over the campfire.

Monday:

The first full day of camp is packed with team building challenges to help you mesh with your group in preparation for the week’s outings. After spending the day on the low and high ropes courses (including both our zip lines!) we’ll stretch our legs with a day hike to Smoke Camp Knob to catch unbeatable views of the Appalachians. We’ll return to Sunrise Village and practice our Dutch oven cooking skills for dinner before packing up for the next few days away from base camp.

Tuesday:

We’ll head out bright and early for the Potomac River as it travels through an incredibly scenic canyon. Canoe camping is one of the best ways to experience the fun and solitude of this corner of West Virginia, and we’ll enjoy practicing our paddle skills and playing our way down the river before setting up camp on the beach.

Wednesday:

We’ll pack up our riverside campsite, paddle on down the river to the take-out, and then jump in the van for our next destination: Seneca Rocks. We’ll take in the scenery, set personal goals rock climbing, and play in the river before setting up our next campsite in view of the Rocks.

Thursday:

Today is “choose your own adventure!” After packing up the campsite at Seneca, we’ll head on down the road to the Nelson Rocks formation where more high challenges await. Campers can choose either the zip line canopy tour to get a flying squirrel’s eye view of the forest, or the Via Ferrata for a thrilling and unique climbing experience. Then it’s back to Sunrise Village for well-earned showers and more gourmet meals over the campfire.

Friday:

Our last full day of camp takes us deep under the Appalachians for a wild caving adventure. After exploring the wild and wacky world of the cave, we’ll return to Sunrise Village for some R & R. At the end of the day, we’ll share our adventures with the Traditional campers through our GoPro presentation by joining the closing campfire.

Saturday:

Time to say goodbyes to our newfound friends and start making plans for next summer’s adventures!

YOU GO, GIRL – July 22-28

All-girls’ adventure expeditions have proven to be fun and effective ways to develop self-confidence and leadership skills—not to mention lasting friendships! This week provides all of the adventures of Paddles and Peaks (see above) as a special opportunity for girls only. You go, girl!

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You Go, Girl Trip Itinerary:

Sunday:

Arrive at camp! Get to know the other girls in your group, settle into Sunrise Village tent camp, and help cook the evening meal over the campfire.

Monday:

The first full day of camp is packed with team building challenges to help you mesh with your new friends and prepare for your next outing. After spending the day on the low and high ropes courses (including our woodland zip line!) we’ll pack up and head out to the Seneca Creek backcountry on Spruce Knob, the highest point in West Virginia at 4,862 feet above sea level. We’ll set up a base camp along the trail in this incredibly scenic area.

Tuesday:

Today is all about getting to know your way around the backcountry. While we practice our map, compass, and GPS navigational skills, we’ll visit scenic waterfalls and maybe even a swimming hole or two. We’ll spend the day exploring and hike back to our campsite for the night.

Wednesday:

We’ll pack up our Spruce Knob campsite and jump in the van for the next leg of our adventure. This time, we’ll travel deep underground as we explore the world of a wild cave. After getting down and dirty, it’s time to travel back to Sunrise Village for hot showers and some of our famous Dutch oven cooking.

Thursday:

We’ll rise and shine at dawn’s early light to get ready for the adventure of the day: white water rafting! We’ll travel to the New River Gorge for world class white water paddling, swimming, jumping off Jump Rock, and a picnic lunch along the river. After a long day on the river, we’ll all be ready to return home sweet home to Sunrise Village and share stories around the campfire.

Friday:

Friday is a day for some well-earned R & R and our classic Camp Hidden Meadows favorites including our 1000-foot zip line, waterslide, and more. A day hike to the top of Smoke Camp Knob tops off the week with unbeatable views. At the end of the day, we’ll share our adventures with the Traditional campers through our GoPro presentation by joining the closing campfire.

Saturday:

Time to say goodbyes to our newfound friends and start making plans for next summer’s adventures!