Wilderness Discovery

$455 (Members) / $495 (Non-members)
* Scholarships Available
Monday-Friday, August 5-9
5 days / 4 nights
Ages 11-15
Location: Scales Campground, Troutdale

One of the most rewarding opportunities of the summer is discovering more of the Blue Ridge in the company of exceptional guides on this multi-day wilderness experience. The Wilderness Discovery Camp is our hallmark event, a complete immersion into all things natural history from salamanders to astronomy, butterflies, botany, birds, fish and more! This is your opportunity for hands-on exploration. In addition to studying nature, we will have a variety of camp games and team building activities, cook dinner over our campfire, and continue into the night with owl prowls and telescopes! Scales, a spectacular spot in the heart of the high country and Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, is the perfect backdrop for discovery!

Learn new wilderness skills including meal preparation, orienteering, primitive technology and fire building! On the trail, you’ll observe and document the wildlife we encounter along the way, including unique birds, trees, plants, insects, mushrooms, salamanders, and many others. Join our expert naturalists and wilderness guides on this journey of discovery through the highest mountains of the Blue Ridge. Experience moss laden spruce fir forests, shrub-balds, amazing vistas, and all that make these mountains a special place. (Tents and sleeping pads provided)

Activity Highlights:

  • Day packing (7-10 mile day hikes)

  • Snorkeling

  • Birding

  • Astronomy

  • Owl Prowl

  • Mountain Ecology (Forest and Stream)

  • Orienteering

  • Camp Cooking (wild blackberry cobbler)

  • Leave No Trace Principles

  • Butterfly Identification

  • Journaling

* Scholarships are a key part of this camp and are given for both MERIT and NEED. If your kid has a drive to attend this camp, we encourage you to fill out the Scholarship Application: Digital Application or Printable Application

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*Payment can be made online through the sign-up button above or through the mail. Please make checks payable to Blue Ridge Discovery Center, 6402 Whitetop Rd, Troutdale, VA 24378

**To complete registration please download and complete the Camp Registration Form and mail to: Blue Ridge Discovery Center, 6402 Whitetop Rd, Troutdale, VA 24378