ADHD, HIGH FUNCTIONING AUTISM
Ages 14 – 17
Offered Session 4 – See Dates & Rate
Caves & Mining
Attention rockhounds! Did you know that the first ever gold rush in the United States happened here in North Carolina? This program is a great way to explore new depths and geology this summer. Exploration of several caves across the Southeast will focus on proper technique, environmental education, and the geology and biology of caves. The second part of the trip will have the campers exploring rock and gem mines to learn, practice, and pan for gemstones. Visits may include both commercial mines and panning in nearby mountain streams. No prior caving and mining experience is necessary; however, participants are encouraged to do some physical fitness preparation prior to camp.
This teen group will travel many miles together as they explore the rocks and caves of Southern Appalachia. They will learn how to get along in small spaces (vans and caves) and high places, where communication is key. They will undoubtedly share a bit of anxiety as they stretch their limits trying new things, and will be guided by staff in expressing their own emotions and encouragement for each other. Daily goal-setting and group problem-solving allow campers to participate in community-building and to develop a greater sense of personal responsibility.
Campers will visit several of the most popular rock-climbing sites in Western N.C., focusing on climbs that build skills starting at beginner level. They will be led by a certified climbing facilitator with experience teaching kids. Some of their climbing skills will translate to technical tree climbing, which is done on our own campus. The group will travel by van to select caves in the area, before taking off on the grand adventure to Kentucky and West Virginia. They will also experience the steepest zipline in our area, The Gorge, with staff who are specially trained to help our campers have a terrific time.