Camp Kanuga Expeditions

Forge your path


NEW! Camp Kanuga Expeditions are dynamic exploratory experiences. Trailblazers has transformed into the Camp Kanuga Expeditions program. We are pleased to offer an expanded selection of adventures for a wider age range. Campers create a strong sense of community as they overcome personal challenges and bond as a team. The program encourages the development of self-reliance, adaptability and Christian leadership in Pioneers, ages 12 through 14, and Explorers, ages 15 through 18.

Pioneer and Explorer programs can be added to the beginning or end of the traditional camp sessions.

Teens and preteens choose their own adventure—hiking and mountain biking on the Appalachian Trail, in Gorges State Park and Dupont State Park. Adventurers will also travel by water kayaking or rafting on the Chattooga, Green, Nantahala or Nolichucky rivers in Western North Carolina. Some brave campers will even explore new heights on zip line canopy tours or in the great white expanses of Alaska.

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12–14 year olds

This program is a great first step in adventure programming. Pioneers can choose one or all three adventures. Each expedition lasts one week, and we encourage Pioneers to add their Expedition to the beginning or end of a residential camp session. Expeditions include several adventure activities including challenge courses, zip line canopy tours, kayaking, rafting, waterfall hikes, mountain biking and much more.

Expeditions for Pioneers

Blue Ridge Expedition

Blue Ridge Expedition

June 25 – 30 or July 23 – 28

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Explore the Blue Ridge region like never before. Pioneers on the Blue Ridge Expedition will experience rafting Class III rapids on the Chattooga River, soaring through the forest on zip line canopy adventures, and discovering hidden paths and waterfalls while hiking through Gorges State Park. At the end of their exciting days, Pioneers can share stories over a campfire and s’mores, camping on a private campsite by the river.

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Pisgah Expedition

Pisgah Expedition

July 2 – 7 or July 16 – 21

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Master the exploration of rivers, mountains and sky on the Pisgah Expedition. Pioneers begin at water level, kayaking on the Green River, then move to mountain tops, biking through the extensive trails of DuPont State Forest. Finally, they’ll climb to the treetops to see the forest from a new perspective on zip line canopy tours. Meg’s Outpost will serve as home-base for these Pioneers, bringing their adventures home to share with their residential camp family.

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Appalachian Expedtion

Appalachian Expedition

July 9 – 14 or June 18 – 23

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Experience the Appalachian Mountains like never before as you raft the Nantahala River, fly through the trees of a zip line adventure park, and build your paddle skills on Lake Fontana kayaking and stand up paddle boarding. Camp Kanuga is proud to partner with the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) to help guide us on these awesome experiences. We will use their highly trained guides and adventure course to enhance the Camp Kanuga experience.

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15–18 year olds

Travel across Western North Carolina or across the country to the beautiful wilds of Alaska. Campers will fill their 13-day or 18-day expedition with multi-day sea kayaking and hiking trips, caving, rafting, zip line canopy tours, flightseeing and much more.

Expeditions for Explorers


The Grand Wild Expedition

June 18 – 30 or July 2 – 14

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Connect with the many levels of the Blue Ridge Mountains on our Grand Wild Expedition! The journey begins with a four-day hike along the Appalachian Trail, developing trail etiquette and navigation skills. Explore the Blue Ridge from a whole new perspective on a zip line canopy tour. Next, experience camping in Worley’s Cave, filled with different tunnels, caverns and cathedrals to discover. The trip concludes with an exciting day of Class IV rafting down the Nolichucky River.

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Flightseeing Alaska

Alaska Expedition

July 20 – August 6, 2017

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Discover the pristine beauty of the Alaskan landscape on this 18-day outdoor program. The Alaska Expedition will be an adventure of a lifetime while improving outdoor skills, enhancing leadership abilities and uncovering scenery like you’ve never seen before. Enjoy the backcountry of Denali, multi-day sea kayaking in the Prince William Sound, a day hike alongside the Harding Glacier and views of the Harding Ice Field.

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Acquired Skills

Pioneers and Explorers learn advanced outdoor skills including:

  • minimal impact “Leave-No-Trace” camping
  • map and compass skills
  • cooking on a camp stove
  • campsite and shelter setup
  • packing and fitting a backpack
  • distributing trail food and common gear

For more information about our Expeditions program or Camp Kanuga in general, please contact Director Dave Bollen or Camp Kanuga Director David Schnitzer at 828-692-9136, ext. 2840, or