Backpacking is the foundation of our summer youth adventure camp. It is what allows you to travel from beautiful overlooks to your next exciting activity. Whether on our 500 acre basecamp or in the thousands of National Forest acres that surround our property it will be a life changing event. Through challenge and accomplishment our character grows and that is what makes our program worthwhile.
Our summer youth trips are all backpacking and tent camping based. We provide all the equipment necessary and tent the basics of camping. Although it can take some getting used to, tent camping is an experience that all young adventurers must have. Friends are quickly made around a campfire and while sharing tents.
By far the most requested activity at Wilderness Adventure, our 900' zip line is one that you don't want to miss. After a short & steep hike to the top of our hill you will be rewarded with an amazing view to distract you as we hook you on to the cable. Once you step off the platform there is no going back, but don't worry......everyone that goes down the zip line wants to do it again.
Our Low Elements Course is custom catered to meet the needs of your group. Whether you are looking for intensive communication or group dynamics workshops or just looking to play around and have some fun the low elements course is a staple in our activity handbook. Our facilitators have literally hundreds of activities that can be tweaked to cover any issues or "buzz words". Once you decide to join us at WAEL we will send you a pre-arrival questionnaire that is designed to help our leaders customize the experience to your goals.
At Roaring Run National Forest site you can entertain yourself for an entire day. Located only 30 minutes from our property it is a great place for a day trip. We can pack a picnic lunch play in over a dozen waterholes, the 40 foot natural waterslide and then finish out the day with a hike up to the falls. Both beautiful and fun it is the perfect summertime addition to our adventure camp or group retreats.
A highlight of all our specialty trips is white water rafting at the New River Gorge. The lower New offers technical and exciting rapids that will be sure to get the adrenaline pumping. About 2 hours from our property we can also add it to any retreat or program and we get a special deal from the rafting companies that saves you money.
Our 50 foot Climbing Wall & Rappel Tower has two sides each with an overhanging option for an extra challenge. Once you make it to the top you can choose to rappel back down with the help of our qualified climbing instructors. All of our summer program trips train at the climbing wall before heading out to the real rocks.
An important part of spending days out in nature is learning those handy little tricks that one day might get you out of a bind. We teach all of our participants about fire craft, backcountry cooking, and how to keep yourself clean, dry and happy while visiting nature. For school and scout programs we also offer adventure classes which cover topics such as shelter building, wilderness medicine, edible plants, night hikes, and over a dozen more!
For a lot of people that come to Wilderness Adventure the best part is taking in all the amazing things that nature has to offer. From the scenic bluffs and endless ridgelines to the winding creeks that carve out the landscape the Blue Ridge Mountains that surround our property are always rewarding to explore. You can enjoy them by challenging yourself on one of our backpacking summer trips or by relaxing on our wrap around porch.