Camp Kanuga Expeditions

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Camp Kanuga Expeditions are dynamic, exploratory experiences. 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 15, and Explorers, ages 14 through 18.

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

Teens and preteens will experience the great outdoors while hiking, mountain biking, backpacking, caving, and much more. Adventurers will travel by water, kayaking and rafting on the Green or Nolichucky rivers in Western North Carolina, while others will travel by air on zip line canopy tours through the treetops of the Green River Gorge. Of course, there will also be travel by land on the Appalachian Trail and biking trails in the Dupont State Forest.

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PIONEERS

Expeditions for Pioneers / 12–15 year olds

This program is a great first step in adventure programming. Each expedition lasts one week, checking in on Sunday and checking out on Friday. Campers experience a blend of the offsite adventure program and the traditional residential camp experience by sleeping on-site at Camp Kanuga’s Adventure Outpost, eating in the dining hall, and engaging in evening programs each night while spending each day off-site on an adventure trip. For those campers who would enjoy both the traditional camp experience and adventure program we encourage Pioneers to add their Expedition to the beginning or end of a residential camp session.

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Pioneers Expedition

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In 2020 our Pioneer Expeditions will focus on learning or enhancing an outdoor skill. There will be two program options to choose from:
Canoeing & Rock Climbing

Kayaking & Mountain Biking

 

Mountain Biking & Kayaking Expedition

 

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Adventure Activities: • Kayaking • Belayed waterfall rappel • Mountain Biking

Adventure Destinations: • Green River • Green River Gorge • DuPont State Forest

Master the exploration of rivers, waterfalls, and trails on the Mountain Biking & Kayaking Expedition. Pioneers on this Expedition learn the basics of boating in Camp Kanuga’s flat water lake before taking to the rapids of the Green River. Then move to mountain tops, biking through the extensive trails of DuPont State Forest. Finally, they’ll have fun exploring a waterfall through a belayed climb. Camp Kanuga’s Adventure Outpost will serve as home-base for these Pioneers, bringing their adventures home to share with their residential camp family.

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Rock Climbing & Canoeing Expedition

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Adventure Activities: • Canoeing • Belayed waterfall rappel • Rock Climbing

Adventure Destinations: • French Broad River • Green River Gorge • Pisgah National Forest

Master the exploration of rivers, waterfalls, and rock faces on the Canoeing & Rock Climbing Expedition. Pioneers on this Expedition learn the basics of boating in Camp Kanuga’s flat water lake before paddling down the French Broad River. Then move to mountain tops, rock climbing the rock faces in beautiful Pisgah National Forest. Finally, they’ll have fun exploring a waterfall through a belayed climb. Camp Kanuga’s Adventure Outpost will serve as home-base for these Pioneers, bringing their adventures home to share with their residential camp family.

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EXPLORERS

Expeditions for Explorers / 14–18 year olds

Travel across the country to the beautiful wilds of Alaska or Hawaii. Participants will fill their expedition with multi-day and overnight adventure camping trips that may include: sea kayaking, hiking, snorkeling, rafting, zip line canopy tours, ice climbing, flightseeing, culture immersion experience, surfing, and much more. Explorer Expeditions are longer in duration and go farther in destination.  Each Explorer has the option meet the Expedition group in the airport or at Camp Kanuga the day before and fly out with the Expedition staff.  Likewise at the end of the Expedition each participant has the option to fly home from the airport or to fly back to Camp Kanuga with the Expedition staff and check out at Camp Kanuga.

Hawaii Expedition (ages 15-18)

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Adventure Activities: • Day Hikes • Waterfall Exploration • Snorkeling • Sea Kayaking • Stand Up Paddle Boarding • Wildlife Viewing • Horse Back Riding • Zip Lining • Surfing • Scenic Boat Tour

Adventure Destinations: • Oahu • Kauai • Hanalei Bay • Kaneohe Bay • Ka Ena Point • Waimea Canyon • Kalalua Valley • NaPali Coast • Kokee State Park

Explore the beauty of the Hawaiian Islands on this 19-day outdoor program. The Hawaii expedition will be an adventure of a lifetime while improving outdoor and leadership skills. Discover all that the islands of Hawaii have to offer through multi-day sea kayaking, day hiking, surfing, snorkeling, stand up paddle boarding, zip lining, and scenic tours. Adventurers will also have opportunities for service and cultural immersion. The Hawaii Expedition is part adventure, part service experience, and part leadership development.  Participants gain valuable leadership experience by leading a day camp at the cathedral in down town Honolulu for kids who otherwise may not be able to experience camp.

Alaska Expedition

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Adventure Activities: • Day Hikes • Ice Pick Climbing • Mountain Biking • White Water Rafting • Wildlife Sanctuary Tour • Scenic Bus Tour • Flight Seeing • Scenic Boat Tour

Adventure Destinations: • Denali National Park • Prince William Sound • Harding Glacier • Harding Ice Field

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 back country 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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FAMILY EXPEDITIONS

Expeditions for Families

Want to be an adventure expedition participant with your kids.  Join Camp Kanuga on a Family Expedition.  Some youth who go on the teen Camp Kanuga Expeditions want to bring the parents and some families really want to join in on the adventure travel with their kids.  If that sounds like you, then Camp Kanuga’s Family Expeditions is the right experience for you.

Family Kauai Expedition (2-4 families up to 12 people)

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The 2020 Kauai Family Expedition will be 7 days in Kauai, Hawaii.  Experience lifelong memories shared as a family going horseback riding, zip lining, scenic boat touring, swimming at the famous Hanalei Bay beach, sightseeing at Kalalua Valley & Waimea Canyon, and day hiking all in Hawaii’s garden island.

*This is a new Expedition: More info coming soon.

 

All Camp Kanuga Expeditions

 

Both Pioneers and Explorers have life-changing, transformational experiences in God’s beautiful creation. Some components of the Expeditions that participants can expect:

  • Personal growth through learning new skills
  • Adventure
  • Developing responsibility through traveling abroad
  • An safe introduction into adventure travel experiences
  • Entry level adventure accessible for any youth (no backpacking)
  • Community service oriented activities an projects
  • New friends
  • Old friendships deepened
  • Minimal impact “Leave-No-Trace” camping philosophy
  • Map and compass skills
  • Team work
  • Cooking on a camp stove or over an open fire
  • Learning how to lead others well and learning how to be led well
  • Campsite and shelter setup
  • Packing for an adventure trip
  • Distributing group food and common gear
  • Outdoor living skills
  • Learning adaptability
  • Great photo opportunities

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 Camp Kanuga Coordinator Patrice Suggs at psuggs@kanuga.org or PO Box 250, Hendersonville, NC 28793.