July 30th - August 5th
Ages: 15-19 years old
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.
This year the camp will take place at the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC.com) in Bryson City, NC. During the week, campers we will participate in an adventure mud race, a guided nature hike, a zip line adventure park, kayaking on Lake Fontana, climbing trees in the Nantahala National Park, and learning wilderness survival skills through the NOC’s Survival School located on the famed Appalachian Trail. With our ﬁnal day of the week, we will take a whole whitewater rafting trip on the Chattooga River. The Chattooga River is without a doubt the Southeast's premier whitewater rafting adventure. In fact, Southern Living called rafting the Chattooga "The #1 Thing Every Southerner Ought to Do." The Chattooga was federally protected in 1974 by the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, forever preserving its rugged river gorge from development. Thus, the Chattooga delivers breathtaking scenery and treasured whitewater in an unmatched wilderness setting. In addition to all of the fun in the mud, in the trees, and on the river we will perform a service project to help ensure the rivers of North Carolina continue to remain clean.
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 bunkhouse style on the Appalachian Trail.
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. 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 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.
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Please be familiar with the Program Expectations and Goals.
For questions, please contact the Whitewater Program Director, Martin Kramer at 704-763-0940 or firstname.lastname@example.org.