Adventure and Trekker Programs
The adventure program is for campers ages 12 to 13. During their stay campers will focus on outdoor living skills while participate in numerous activities such as archery, swimming, canoeing, geocaching, climbing wall, high ropes, fire building, and a two night on site campout. The campout takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday night. During the campout campers will stay in 4 man tents that they set up themselves. They will prepare their meals and cook them over an open fire.
The Trekker program is for children ages 13 to 14. Trekkers are the only group of campers that leave site. Trekkers learn canoeing skills on the lake at Penn and rock-climbing skills on our climbing wall and high ropes course. The group then leaves site and canoes on the Dan River, a low class rapid river, and rock climbs at Pilot Mt State Park. The group camps one night at Pilot Mt State Park’s group camp site. Trekkers must spend most of their time preparing and learning specialized skills for the trip. Therefore, the Trekker group will not be involved in the normal camp activity rotation such as horseback riding, craft, etc. Understand that the safety of all participants is first priority and the Center reserves the right to cancel trips in the event of inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances. The group is under the supervision of trained and experienced instructors at a staff to participant ratio of 1:6. Off site travel for the Trekker group will be provided using passenger vans.
Leader In Training (L.I.T.)
This opportunity was developed to help guide older youth (15-17) as they hone and develop their leadership skills. The program runs concurrently - and intertwined with - the weekly residential summer camp. There are 12 spaces available during each session of camp, six for boys and six for girls. Assigned to a staff mentor for the week, Leaders-in-Training spend part of their time working on program set-up and "behind-the-scenes" details. They also participate in specific training exercises, teambuilding, high ropes, and other leadership opportunities. Since L.I.T.'s are depended on for full & responsible participation throughout the week, they must go through an application process prior to being accepted for the program.
For more info and to apply for the L.I.T Program, review the Leader In Training Application Materials (pdf)
There are other Specialty Camps available at North Carolina 4-H Camps across the state.
Specialty Camp Leadership
The staff-to-camper ratio for all specialty camps is one-to-six. Programs are coed and staff provide full, 24-hour supervision for all campers. Staff are highly trained, energetic and enthusiastic about both programs and participants. Staff members are chosen with an emphasis on experience, attitude and work ethic, and are hired both locally and internationally. This diverse and qualified group also benefits from access to the best training on youth development techniques and programming in the state.
Facilities, Equipment & Food
When on site, campers sleep in modern cabins with multiple indoor showers and restroom facilities. Campers bring their own sleeping bags or bed linens, as well as clothing and toiletries. Betsy-Jeff Penn provides all the specialized equipment needed for all aspects of each specialty camp. Nutritious, balanced menus are served family-style in Penn's dining hall, three times a day.
All North Carolina youth are welcome at specialty camp sessions.
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