Rising 7th-9th grade: Sign up quick for this wilderness experience that combines the opportunity to stay at the Glisson Outpost camp with the excitement of a two night wilderness trip! We are offering limited camper spots to rising 7th -9th graders for our Horseback Riding, Rock Climbing, Kayaking, and Backpacking, and 10-day trips. At this level of the outdoor programs, campers begin to develop their outdoor living skills at a greater level than the knowledge they may have gained at Pioneer camp.
New For 2017: While Pioneer campers sleep in Adirondack shelters at the Pioneer site, Frontier campers stay in our brand-new Frontier Site a short hike away. The new site features open-air hammock cabins situated on either side of a group cooking shelter. These age-specific sites allow for an improved small group camping environment for our elementary and middle school campers.
In addition to preparing for and experiencing their adventure trip later in the week, Frontier living groups work together to plan out their time at camp, choosing from a variety of fun and engaging outdoor activities including but not limited to: belayed tree climbing, archery, low elements, creek hikes, pond kayaking, nature hikes, field games, nature crafts, and more. Each adventure wraps up with the Outpost Challenge, where campers have the opportunity to show off their skills together as a group and all receive a special bandana signifying their accomplishments during the week. Based on which adventure they choose, campers travel for an overnight experience of one to two nights on the trail, with horses, by the rock face, or on the banks of the river, while 10-day campers get a sampling of kayaking, climbing, and backpacking.
Frontier 10-Day Adventure: This awesome, adventure-packed 10-day trip is offered two times for Summer 2017! Campers will experience a "sampling" of three different Outpost activities: backpacking, rock climbing, and kayaking. Campers spend their first full day at camp team-building and practicing basic outdoor skills, as well as preparing for their first trip: backpacking. The group will backpack for three days on the Appalachian and Benton MacKaye trails before heading back to camp to get ready for their day of rock climbing. The group will climb with our professionally trained guides at Mount Yonah in nearby Cleveland, Georgia. From there they will head back to camp for a layover day, where they will learn the skills needed to spend their last two days kayaking portions of the local Chestatee and Etowah rivers here in Dahlonega. Join us for this extended three-in-one Frontier experience!
Backpacking: Backpackers will spend two days hiking local portions of the Appalachian and Benton MacKaye Trails, beginning their journey at Springer Mountain, the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail located in Fannin County, Georgia. The Backpacking experience is designed with more than pace-setting and mile-counting in mind. Time is built into the schedule for breaks at scenic points along the trail. Mild to moderate terrain, short distances, a pristine waterfall, and breathtaking views make this trip perfect for beginner and advanced hikers alike.
Rock Climbing: Climbers will spend two days camping and climbing at north Georgia rock climbing sites. Before leaving camp, campers can practice their climbing skills on Outpost's bouldering wall or climbing tree. At the rock climbing site, campers will have the opportunity to learn climbing basics, including knot tying, climbing techniques, gear essentials, and belay technique. Outpost Climbing Video
Horseback Riding: This horseback riding experience is perfect for previous Pioneer campers looking to hone their skills as well as beginners who are champing at the bit for their first time in the saddle. The week will culminate in a special afternoon trail ride, and campers will have the opportunity to sleep under tarp shelters and camp out with their horses at the stables before returning the next morning.
Kayaking: Kayakers will spend two days paddling portions of the Chestatee and Etowah Rivers, camping at designated campsites along the way. Campers on this trip will learn basic kayaking skills for paddling in open boats (i.e. no spray skirts). No prior kayaking experience is required, so this trip is perfect for beginner to intermediate paddlers!
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"Our son looks forward to camp all year long. He is already asking when he will be going back. We are so appreciative of the amazing job you do with our special kids!"
Anne, parent of a 2013 Sparrowwood camper