Expedition (10th-12th)


  
 
 See Outpost in action

Rising 10th-12th grade: With only one to two groups per week, this adventure camp always fills up fast! Representing the final stage of Outpost's progression of wilderness skills, Expedition campers reach a high level of outdoor skills either on the river, trail, rock-face, or Georgia coast that will not only offer excitement and adventure but also foster spiritual and personal growth essential for Christian living and leadership. Campers will learn and refine outdoor skills such as cooking their own meals, building fires, first aid, use of axe and saw, knot-tying, and many others. Campers will also learn how to set up tarp shelters, which allow better air flow during summer months.

Expedition campers choose from many different adventure trips: Blue Ridge Canoe (10-day) Cumberland Island Adventure (10-day), Pack & Paddle (10-day), Backpacking, Rock Climbing, Whitewater Kayaking, or Kayaking. All Expedition campers begin the week at Outpost, where they practice the skills needed for their advanced wilderness trip. Each of these trips provides great opportunities to experience God's creation with a group that will rely on each member for a safe and fun adventure. Each adventure will wrap up with the Outpost Challenge, where campers will have the opportunity to show off their skills together as a group and all receive a special bandana signifying their accomplishments during the week. Every year, campers will reach a higher level of outdoor living skills endorsed by the American Camping Association as this wilderness experiential education strengthens their skills, faith, and confidence.

 

Trip Options


Blue Ridge Canoe travels the Toccoa
River en route to an uninhabited
island on Lake Blue Ridge 

 Blue Ridge Canoe (10-day): This brand new downriver adventure is basically backpacking in boats! After a day at camp building team and learning the skills necessary for this trip, campers will pack everything in canoes as they travel expedition-style down the Toccoa River, setting up a new campsite each night along the way. The group will paddle four days on the river into Lake Blue Ridge, where they will set up camp for the remainder of the trip on a remote island. There they will spend two days and three nights exploring and playing in beautiful Lake Blue Ridge, learning and practicing wilderness survival skills, and even participating in a lake-wide orienteering scavenger hunt. This trip is only offered once this summer, so don’t miss out on this incredible new opportunity!

 

 

This 10-day adventure includes
exploring Cumberland Island
and the Okefenokee Swamp

Cumberland Island Adventure (10-day): In an effort to further our outdoor skills progression by finding new, exciting, and challenging trips for our high school campers, we are thrilled to introduce the Cumberland Island Adventure 10-day Expedition trip. The group will start their adventure with a guided canoe tour through the Okefenokee Swamp before heading to Cumberland Island the following day. Over eighteen miles of undisturbed beaches, thirty miles of trails through pristine wilderness, and an array of diverse plants and wildlife await us on the island. There the group will spend the remainder of the trip hiking through the maritime forest, relaxing and playing at the beach, visiting some of the island’s historical landmarks, and practicing their newly developed outdoor skills together. Cumberland Island Adventure 2015 Video

 

 

Outpost 10-Day Pack & Paddle Trip
 Pack & Paddle is a 10-day kayaking and backpacking adventure

Pack & Paddle (10-day): This 10-day adventure focuses on kayaking and backpacking skills as campers journey together on some of the finest rivers and trails North Georgia has to offer. Campers will begin their journey at Springer Mountain, backpacking for four days along the Benton MacKaye Trail to the Toccoa River Suspension Bridge. From there, the group trades backpacks for boats as they spend two full days paddling the Toccoa River. Campers then rejoin the Benton MacKaye Trail, hiking and camping near Brawley Mountain for the remainder of the trip before returning to camp for checkout. This exciting and multi-faceted trip is sure to challenge and satisfy even the most ardent adventurers.

 

  Outpost Backpacking Trip
 
Backpacking treks the Benton MacKaye & Appalachian Trails

Backpacking: Backpackers leave Monday morning for four and a half days of hiking on the Benton MacKaye and Appalachian Trails. The Backpacking experience is designed with more than mile-counting in mind. Time is built into the schedule for lunch breaks at scenic points on the trail and fun side trips along the way. Campers will have the chance to gain the skills and confidence needed to be able to coordinate a backpacking trip on their own. Mild to moderate terrain, a pristine waterfall, breathtaking views, and a layover day on the banks of the Toccoa River make this trip perfect for beginner and advanced hikers alike.

 
 
 
 
 
Rock Climbing travels to a north GA rock climbing site for camping and climbing
 

Rock Climbing: This trip is designed for campers interested in gaining the skills and confidence needed to be able to coordinate a climbing trip on their own. Campers will spend the week climbing at Rocktown, located on Pigeon Mountain in Lafayette, GA and will experience all aspects of safety and skills needed to master the sport of climbing. On Thursdays, campers will spend an afternoon caving. Outpost Climbing Video

 

 

 

 

  White Water Kayaking at Glisson
 
Whitewater Kayaking teaches advanced kayaking skills in closed boats with spray skirts

Whitewater Kayaking: This trip focuses on honing the skills necessary to paddle enclosed whitewater boats down a river, including kayak rolls. While river selection will be announced closer to summer according to local water levels and conditions, campers will navigate up to Class III rapids throughout their week-long journey. Join us for a fun trip down the river and see how God's creation can facilitate a life-changing experience for your faith development.

 

 

 

 

  Outpost Kayaking
 
Kayaking takes campers on local rivers in open boats

Kayaking: Campers begin with kayak training and games at Glisson before spending four days paddling down local rivers and camping alongside the beautiful Chestatee River. Campers will learn basic kayaking and river navigation skills for paddling in open boats (i.e. no spray skirts). No prior kayaking experience is required, so this kayaking trip is perfect for beginner to intermediate paddlers!


 

 

 

 

 

Example Schedule


Expedition Example Schedule

 

Dates, Rates, Registration


Glisson Summer Camp Schedule

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Cumberland Island Schedule


 

Pack & Paddle Schedule


Pack & Paddle Schedule

 

"It was great! It was my first year, and I was very happy that I got to do some amazing activities. I was a little scared on the high elements course, but I did it (and I am glad I did)!"

Emily, 8-year-old camper