Whatever their level of experience, we get campers comfortable riding at Staunton State Park’s world-class mountain biking trail system. Campers practice braking, cornering, uphill climbing, and managing a variety of features on a bike taking on increasingly technical trails as their proficiency increases. They will also learn more in-depth bike maintenance skills, and try riding on and jumping off rocks.
At Staunton State Park’s nearby awe-inspiring walls and crags, campers of all skill levels will master techniques for conquering a variety of climbs. Campers get to practice their climbing skills and push themselves on fun routes. They also learn how to set anchors for a top-rope climb, tie knots, use climbing commands, belay each other and make sure their whole group practices sound judgment.
Out on the water at Nelson Pond (on-site) and Wellington Lake (off-site), campers hone their paddling skills, learning new strokes, attempting rescues and taking on all kinds of fun challenges like obstacle courses, races, and running across the boat bows for as many as they can! As they get comfortable on the water, these acquired skills prepare them for their Whitewater Rafting experience with Mile-Hi Rafting!
Campers venture out into the backcountry for an unforgettable four-day backpacking trip. Along the way they hike between 15 – 20 miles, attempt to summit a high peak, whip up delicious meals on a backcountry stove, and participate in Leave No Trace activities. Campers work intensively on their team collaboration and also experience a “solo,” a time alone in the woods to reflect on their personal development. They emerge from this journey with lasting knowledge and confidence they can use on future adventures.
Campers let the arrows fly on our on-site archery range, building strength and marksmanship skills as they learn about archery techniques, equipment, and safety and range commands.
Using their rock climbing skills and plenty of safety equipment, campers climb 40 to 60 feet up Windy Peak’s giant ponderosas and will get some of the best views of camp, practice rappelling, challenge themselves with their balance on branches!
Out on our on-site Challenge Course, campers take on fun teambuilding challenges—walking across suspended logs, crossing a “river” without falling in, getting the whole team from one side of a “spider’s web” to the other without touching it—designed to build team camaraderie and develop conflict resolution and problem solving skills.