- Listing Type: Summer Programs
- Destination: United States
- Program Delivery: Day, Residential
- Provided By: Independent Provider
- Session Start: June, July, August
- Session Length: Two Weeks
- Entering Grade: 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
- Gender: Coed
- Category: Outdoor Adventure
- Sub-Categories: Animals/Nature, Biking, Hiking
- Selective: No
- Ages: 13, 14, 15, 16
- Minimum Cost: $500 - $1,499
- Credit Awarded: No
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.
Spoutwood Farm Trip: 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!
Appalachian Trail Trip:
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.
C&O Canal Towpath Bike Trip: 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!
Teen Adventure/Junior Counselor:
pplication 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.
**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.