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Whitewater Adventure

2016 Dates:

July 30th - August 6th


Ages: 15-19 years old

The U.S National Whitewater Center (USNWC) provides outdoor, recreational activities in a controlled environment. Participants will tackle beginner to advanced rapids with assistance and training from professional river guides.

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We focus on building survival skills through a variety of activities, including whitewater rafting, a ropes course with both high and low elements, rock climbing, fire building, campsite cooking, and tent living. Through this adventure, campers learn to work together to accomplish a variety of goals within the program: to respect and enjoy the power of water, and develop the skills and discipline necessary to survive in the great outdoors.

Participants and staff will fly from Chicago to Charlotte, and will be transported by rental vans driven by our volunteer staff. The group will be camping the entire trip on Copper Island in the McDowell Nature Preserve, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, Charlotte, NC (

This trip will be restricted to accomplished swimmers who seek the challenge and thrill of tackling rapids.  This is a rigorous and challenging program and is not recommended for campers who have decreased strength and  endurance, as well as campers who have fluctuating blood counts.  This would include children who are currently receiving chemotherapy.

Each child will be required to swim 200 yards and tread water for ten (10) minutes consecutively. The test must be supervised by a qualified instructor, non-parent. In addition, we will be conducting a swim test in North Carolina prior to beginning our rafting. Any participant that is unable to pass the test will not be able to participate in the rafting and will not be allowed to participate in the week's activities.

Please be sure to print, sign and return to our office the Assumption of Risk, Waiver and Release Agreement.

Please also be sure to print, sign, and return the Health Form. Your medical provider MUST sign this form.

Please complete and submit the Swim Test Instructions and Confirmation Form. No one will be allowed to participate in this program without this submitted prior to the deadline.

The Swim Test Confirmation is required prior to acceptance. To ensure the highest level of safety, we will be giving the test again in North Carolina. If any campers do not pass, they will not be permitted to participate in any activities during the week. Due to the nature of the program, if s/he is deemed unsafe to be around deep water, it is up to the discretion of the Program Directors whether or not the camper should be sent home. One Step will not be fiscally responsible for transportation costs if this occurs.

To print a packing list, please click here.

Please be familiar with the Program Expectations and Goals.

For questions, please contact the Whitewater Program Director, Martin Kramer at 704-763-0940 or


Applications are closed for 2016

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