PARENT HANDBOOK

INTRODUCTION

    Thank you for choosing Adventure Links for your camper’s adventures this summer.  Whether this is your first experience with Adventure Links or your camper has attended since age 8, I hope this handbook will be a valuable guide for you as you prepare for camp this year.  Inside you will find answers to frequently asked questions, tips on getting ready for camp, and other useful information that may come in handy during the camp itself.

    Here at Adventure Links we recognize each of our campers as a unique individual, each with their own goals, concerns, and expectations for their camp experience.  We take pride in offering personalized attention to both our campers and their families before, during, and after the camp experience. If you have any questions or suggestions on how to assure that your camper has the best experience possible, please feel free to give us a call!

Mark Diedering

Adventure Links at Hemlock Overlook

Director

summer@adventurelinks.net

571-281-3556

DAY CAMP

The Basics

Days/Dates:  Monday – Friday throughout the summer

Drop off and Pick up Times:  8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location:  Locations vary depending on the designated meeting spot for the week.  

Preparation Checklist

  • Complete the pre-camp paperwork on our website www.adventurelinks.net.  This is different from the registration process, and includes a short medical form and other useful information we’ll need before the start of camp.  Please submit these forms at least two weeks before the first day of camp!
  • Check out the pack list for your camp on the next page; make sure you have these items (and any necessary medications) ready for the start of camp.
  • Double-check your confirmation email to make sure you have the correct dates, location, and pick up/ drop off times for your camp.  Make sure you know where that pick up/drop off location is, and the best way to get there when camp begins.
  • Can’t find the confirmation email?  Give us a call and we can resend that for you
  • Ask your child what his/her expectations are for the camp, and if there is anything you want to share with us to improve your child’s experience,  give us a call to tell us about it!
  • Talk to your child about the camp.  Let him/her know that our Instructors will be there to help them if they have any questions or concerns. Remind them about your expectations for their behavior during camp, as our expectations are similar to those at school or other extra-curricular activities.  

Ultimate/Classic Adventure Pack List

DAILY PACK ITEMS ( M - F )
  • Daypack/Small backpack
  • Close toed shoes such as tennis shoes or hiking boots (no flip-flops, sandals, or crocs)
  • Lunch
  • 32 oz. re-usable water bottle/Nalgene
  • Bug Spray
  • Sunscreen (at least 30 SPF)
  • Rain Gear or Poncho
SPECIFIC WATER DAY ITEM (in addition to daily items)
  • One pair of water shoes or old sneakers that can get wet, or fixed heel/closed toe sandals (no strapless sandals, crocs, or flip-flops)
  • Swimsuit

Lunch Considerations:

  • Please pack lunch in a 1 gallon sized zip-lock bag
  • Ensure that the camper's name is written on the bag in permanent marker

* Note: All camper lunches are stored in a large dry bag that instructors carry with them in a boat. For this reason, large cooler boxes are not ideal for packing as there is limited space for them in our dry bags.

Optional Gear (to be left on the bus for the end of the day)

  • Towel
  • Dry Clothes
SPECIFIC CAVING DAY ITEMS (in addition to daily items)
For Caving Day, the temperature in the cave is a constant 55 degrees all year long. We drive to Shepherdstown, WV and will stop at a nature preserve down the street from the cave, eat half of our lunch, use the restroom, and change into our caving clothes. The other half of their lunch will be eaten on the drive home. Our goal is to ensure that campers stay comfortable and warm within the cave, so please pack the following items.

  • Warm layers that can get DIRTY - old sweatshirts and jeans work well!
  • Boots / sneakers that can get WET & DIRTY!
  • Trash bag, labeled with name, to store wet & dirty items
  • Clean change of clothes for after caving
  • Kneepads (optional)
OPTIONAL ITEMS
  • Camera/film (Adventure Links is not liable if camera is lost or damaged)
PLEASE DO NOT BRING
  • Cell Phones
  • iPods
  • Electronics
  • Knives
  • Jewelry
  • Expensive Personal Belongings

Ultimate/Classic Adventure:  Sample Weekly Itinerary

Monday  

Activity:  Challenge Course at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park, Clifton, VA

What to Bring:  Packed lunch, water bottle, sneakers, boots, or other closed-toed shoes, comfortable clothing, rain gear, backpack, sunscreen, and bug spray.

Description:  Campers will get to know each other and begin learning to work as a team while participating in a series of interactive initiative games and challenge course elements.  11-13 year old age groups will experience the Zip Line, while 8-10 year old campers will experience the Flying Squirrel high ropes element.

Tuesday

Activity:  Canoeing (8-10) and Kayaking (11-13) at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park, Clifton, VA

What to Bring:  Packed lunch, water bottle, sneakers, boots, or other closed-toed shoes, comfortable clothing, rain gear, backpack, sunscreen, bug spray, an extra set of clothing for the ride home ( very important ), water shoes or an old pair of sneakers to wear while on the water, towel, sunglasses and/or a brimmed hat

Description: Campers will enjoy a day of flat water canoeing or kayaking on the Bull Run River

Wednesday

Activity:  Outdoor Living Skills at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park, Clifton, VA

What to Bring:  Packed lunch, water bottle, sneakers, boots, or other closed-toed shoes, comfortable clothing, rain gear, backpack, sunscreen and bug spray.

Description:  Campers will learn about the local ecology, wildlife, and flora and fauna while also learning about wilderness skills such as natural shelter building, map and compass skills, and fire building.  Activities vary on a daily basis depending on the group and various weather conditions.

Thursday

Activity:  Caving at Whiting’s Neck Cave, Shepherdstown, WV ( 11-13) and Caving at Indian’s Head Cave, Shepherdstown, WV ( 8-10)

What to Bring:  Packed lunch, water bottle, warm clothing and sturdy sneakers or boots that can get muddy and wet (temperature inside the cave is 52 degrees year round!), a garbage bag labeled with the camper’s name and a comfortable change of clothes for the ride home. Maybe an extra pair of socks!

Description:  Campers will learn about cave ecology first hand as they explore the various tunnels and caverns of the cave.

Friday

Activity:  Rock Climbing at Carderock, MD

What to Bring: Packed lunch, water bottle, sneakers, boots, or other closed-toed shoes, comfortable clothing, rain gear, backpack, sunscreen, hat and bug spray.

Description:  Campers will challenge themselves to climb a variety of naturally occurring routes of varying skill and difficulty levels.

 

The First Day of Camp

The first daily activity of camp will be Team Development Course at our home site at Hemlock Overlook Park in Clifton, VA.

 

Please make sure your camper has had a hearty breakfast before dropping off - it will be a fun filled, long, active day!

 

Please assure that your camper has everything they need for their day at camp. This includes:  closed toed shoes, weather-appropriate clothing, a packed lunch and water bottles, sunscreen, bug spray, and optional items such as a hat, sunglasses, and camera.

 

Please arrive promptly at the designated location at 8:00 AM.  Our vehicles will depart by 8:15 AM.

Upon arriving at the pickup and drop off location, look for our camp vehicles and Instructors sporting the Adventure Links logo.  Please be careful and drive slowly as you approach the parking area.

 

Please be prepared to present a picture ID when dropping off and picking up, not only the first day of camp but throughout the whole week.  We are very thorough when it comes to the safety of your camper!

 

At the time of drop off and pick up, you will be asked to sign your camper in and out on our pick up/drop off forms.  Please do not “drop and run”. Let our Instructor know if you are in a hurry, and he/she will help you finish this process as quickly as possible.  

 

On the first day of camp, our Instructors will hand out our scheduled itinerary for Tuesday – Friday.  Please note the schedule may change due to weather or other circumstances. We’ll let you know if we have to make a change.

 

After receiving the weekly itinerary on Monday, please assure that your camper arrives for camp fully prepared for each daily activity.

 

You are welcome to call the Adventure Links office if you would like an update on how your camper’s day is going.  

If you experience an emergency

and must contact your camper, please give us a call at the Adventure Links office, 571-281-3556, and we will relay the message to your child right away.

 

If there is an emergency involving your child, a member of our staff will contact you immediately.

 

If you are running a bit late for a drop off or pick up, please call the Adventure Links office 571-281-3556 to let us know.

 

If one of our camp vehicles is running a bit late for a pick up or drop off, we will notify you via text message and corresponding email.

 

If you have any questions, concerns, or special instructions you are welcome to speak to the Instructor at pick up and/or drop off, or contact the Adventure Links office.

RESIDENTIAL CAMP

The Basics

Days/Dates:  Monday – Friday throughout the summer

Drop off Time and Location:  8:00 AM – 9:00 AM at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park

Pick up Time and Location:  4:00 PM – 5:00 PM at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park

Preparation Checklist

  • Register for camp at www.adventurelinks.net or by phone at 571-281-3556.
  • Complete the pre-camp paperwork on our website www.adventurelinks.net.  This is different from the registration process, and includes a short medical form and other useful information we’ll need before the start of camp.  Please submit these forms at least two weeks before the first day of camp!
  • Check out the pack list for your camp (included in parent handbook), make sure you have these items as well as any medications or personal belongings ready for the start of camp.
  • Double-check your confirmation email to make sure you have the correct dates for your camp.  Can’t find the confirmation email? Give us a call and we can re-send that for you.
  • Drop off is from 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM at our home site at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park.  Make sure you know how to get to the park!
  • Talk to your child about the camp.  Let him/her know that our Instructors will be there to help them if they have any questions or concerns.  Remind them about your expectations for their behavior during camp, as our expectations are similar to those at school or other extra-curricular activities.  Ask your child what his/her expectations are for the camp, and if there is anything you want to share with us to improve your child’s experience, give us a call to tell us about it!

One Week Residential Adventure Pack List

PACK ITEMS
□ Daypack/Small backpack for day trip
□ Sleeping bag/blankets/bed sheet
□ Pillow
□Re-usable water bottle/Nalgene (2)
□ Sunglasses
□ Sunscreen (at least 30 SPF)
□ Rain Gear (rain jacket)
□ Small flashlight or headlamp (with extra batteries)
□ Bug Spray
□ Towel (2)
□ Personal toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)
CLOTHING
□ Light hiking shoes or sneakers
□ Water Shoes, old sneakers that can get wet, or fixed heel/fixed toe sandals  (no strapless sandals or flip-flops):*Due to the variety of activities during this camp, campers will be most comfortable if they have a separate set of

Footwear for caving and river activities (old boots or sneakers), in addition to their everyday sneakers or boots.  

It is also a good idea to send your camper with a pair of shower shoes for use only during shower times.

□ Wool or fleece sweater or light jacket
□ Long sleeved shirt (1)
□ T-shirts (4)
□ Shorts (3)
□ Long pants (1)
□ Bathing suit
□ Underwear (5+)
□ Socks (4 pairs)
□Cap or brimmed hat

CAVING GEAR
□ Warm layers that can get DIRTY - old sweatshirts and jeans work well!
□ Boots sneakers what can get WET & DIRTY!
□ Kneepads (optional)
OPTIONAL ITEMS
□ Camera/film
□ Book
□ Journal
PLEASE DO NOT BRING
• Cell Phones
• iPods
• Electronics
• Knives
• Jewelry
• Expensive Personal Belongings

Ultimate Residential Adventure Sample Itinerary

Day 1, Monday:  Challenge Course and Zip Line at Hemlock Overlook, Clifton, VA

After 8:00 – 9:00 AM Drop Off, Campers will get to know each other and begin learning to work as a team while participating in a series of interactive initiative games and challenge course elements, including the Zip Line.  

The first evening activity will include s’mores and games by the campfire.

 

Day 2, Tuesday:  Canoeing/Kayaking and Environmental Education, Hemlock Overlook

Campers will enjoy a day of canoe/kayak paddling on the Bull Run River, while also learning through experience about the ecology of the Bull Run Watershed

Evening activities include field games such as capture the flag or Gaga Ball.

Day 3, Wednesday:  Rock Climbing at Carderock, MD

Campers will challenge themselves to climb on a variety of naturally occurring routes of varying skill and difficulty levels.

Tonight’s evening activity is movie night in our camp lodge.

 

Day 4, Thursday:  Caving at Whiting’s Neck Cave, Shepherdstown, WV

Campers will learn first-hand about cave ecology while exploring the tunnels and caverns of Whiting’s Neck cave.

In the evening we will have our closing ceremonies over s’mores at the campfire.

Day 5, Friday:  River Tubing and Outdoor Living Skills.

Campers will close out the week with a relaxing day of floating down the Bull Run River, learning to make friction fires and building natural shelters.  Pick up will be 4:00-5:00 PM.

 

Residential Adventure for Cavers Sample Itinerary

Day 1, Monday:  Challenge Course and Zip Line at Hemlock Overlook, Clifton, VA

After 8:00 – 9:00 AM Drop Off, Campers will get to know each other and begin learning to work as a team while participating in a series of interactive initiative games and challenge course elements, including the Zip Line.  

 

The first evening activity will include s’mores and games by the campfire.

 

Day 2, Tuesday:  Caving at Whiting’s Neck Cave, Shepherdstown, WV

Campers will learn first-hand about cave ecology while exploring the tunnels and caverns of Whiting’s Neck cave.

Evening activities include field games such as capture the flag or Ultimate Frisbee.

Day 3, Wednesday:  Canoeing/Kayaking and Travel to Natural Chimneys Campground

Campers will enjoy a day of canoe/kayak paddling on the Bull Run River, and then pack up for a night of tent camping at Natural Chimneys Campground.

Day 4, Thursday:  Caving at Glade Cave, Return to Hemlock Overlook

Whiting’s Neck was just a warm up for this larger, muddier cave with new cave formations and features to explore for hours on end.

In the evening we will have our closing ceremonies over s’mores at the camp fire.

Day 5, Friday:  River Tubing and Outdoor Living Skills

Campers will close out the week with a relaxing day of floating down the Bull Run River, learning to make friction fires and building natural shelters.  Pick up will be 4:00-5:00 PM.

 

Residential Adventure on the Water Sample Itinerary

Day 1, Monday:  Challenge Course and Zip Line at Hemlock Overlook, Clifton, VA

After 8:00 – 9:00 AM Drop Off, Campers will get to know each other and begin learning to work as a team while participating in a series of interactive initiative games and challenge course elements, including the Zip Line.  

 

The first evening activity will include s’mores and games by the campfire.

 

Day 2, Tuesday:  Canoeing/Kayaking and Environmental Education, Hemlock Overlook

Campers will enjoy a day of canoe/kayak paddling on the Bull Run River, while also learning through experience about the ecology of the Bull Run Watershed.

Evening activities include field games such as capture the flag or Ultimate Frisbee.

Day 3, Wednesday:  Outdoor Living Skills, Hemlock Overlook Park, VA

 

Campers will learn about the local ecology, wildlife, and flora and fauna while also learning about wilderness skills such as natural shelter building, map and compass skills, and fire building.  

Tonight’s evening activity is movie night in our camp lodge.

Day 4, Thursday:  Sailing on the Potomac River, Alexandria VA

 

Campers will enjoy a day of sailing on the Potomac River.

In the evening we will have our closing ceremonies over s’mores at the camp fire.

Day 5, Friday:  River Tubing

Campers will close out the week with a relaxing day of floating down the Bull Run River.  Pick up will be 4:00-5:00 PM.

 

The First Day of Camp

Drop off time is 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park.  Follow the signs to the specific meeting location within the park.

 

Please make sure your camper has had a hearty breakfast before dropping off - it will be a long, fun-packed, active day!

 

Please assure that your camper has everything they need for their week at camp.  

 

If you are running a bit late for a drop off (or pick up), please call the Adventure Links office to let us know.

 

At the time of drop off, our Instructors will review your camper’s paperwork to make sure everything is accurate and up to date.  Instructors will also perform a brief medical screening and review any necessary medications at that time.

 

Please be prepared to present a picture ID when dropping off and picking up, not only at drop off but at pick up on Friday too.  We are very thorough when it comes to the safety of your camper!

 

At the time of drop off and pick up, you will be asked to sign your camper in and out on our pick up/drop off forms.  Please do not “drop and run”. Let our Instructor know if you are in a hurry, and he/she will help you finish this process as quickly as possible.  

 

On the first day of camp, our Instructors will hand out our scheduled itinerary for the week.  Please note the schedule may change due to weather or other circumstances. We’ll let you know if we have to make a change.

 

During Camp

You are welcome to call the Adventure Links office if you would like an update on how your camper’s day is going. We will also send out an email update on Wednesday or Thursday to tell you how the week is going.  

 

If you experience an emergency and must contact your camper, please give us a call at the Adventure Links office and we will relay the message to your child right away.

 

If there is an emergency involving your child, a member of our staff will contact you immediately.

 

If your child is feeling homesick, a staff member will contact you to decide the best remedy.  Sometimes a call home is the best cure for homesickness.

 

If you have any questions, concerns, or special instructions you are welcome to speak to the Instructor at drop off, or contact the Adventure Links office.

MULTI-WEEK RESIDENTIAL CAMP

The Basics

Drop off Time and Location:  8:00 AM – 9:00 AM at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park

Pick up Time and Location:  4:00 PM – 5:00 PM at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park

Parent Day:  On a Saturday 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

 

Preparation Checklist

  • Register for camp at www.adventurelinks.net or by phone at 571-281-3556.
  • Complete the pre-camp paperwork on-line at www.adventurelinks.net.  This is different from the registration process, and includes a short medical form and other useful information we’ll need before the start of camp.  Please submit these forms at least two weeks before the first day of camp!
  • Check out the pack list for your camp (included in parent handbook), make sure you have these items as well as any medications or personal belongings ready for the start of camp.
  • Double-check your confirmation email to make sure you have the correct dates for your camp.  Can’t find the confirmation email? Give us a call and we can re-send that for you.
  • Drop off is from 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM at our home site at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park.  Make sure you know how to get to the park!
  • Talk to your child about the camp.  Let him/her know that our Instructors will be there to help them if they have any questions or concerns.  Remind them about your expectations for their behavior during camp, as our expectations are similar to those at school or other extra-curricular activities.  Ask your child what his/her expectations are for the camp, and if there is anything you want to share with us to improve your child’s experience, give us a call to tell us about it!

 

Multi-Week Residential Adventure Pack List

PACK ITEMS
□ Daypack/Small backpack for day trip
□ Sleeping bag
□ Pillow
□Re-usable water bottle/Nalgene (2)
□ Sunglasses
□ Sunscreen (at least 30 SPF)
□ Rain Gear (rain jacket)
□ Small flashlight or headlamp (with extra batteries)
□ Bug Spray
□ Towel (2)
□ Personal toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)
CLOTHING
□ Light hiking shoes or sneakers
□ Water Shoes, old sneakers that can get wet, or fixed heel/fixed toe sandals  (no strapless sandals or flip-flops):     *Due to the variety of activities during this camp, campers will be most comfortable if they have a separate set of

Footwear for caving and river activities (old boots or sneakers), in addition to their everyday sneakers or boots.  

It is also a good idea to send your camper with a pair of shower shoes for use only during shower times.

□ Wool or fleece sweater or light jacket
□ Long sleeved shirt (2)
□ T-shirts (8)
□ Shorts (5)
□ Long pants (1)
□ Bathing suit
□ Underwear (8+)
□ Socks (8 pairs)
□Cap or brimmed hat

CAVING GEAR
□ Warm layers that can get DIRTY - old sweatshirts and jeans work well!
□ Boots sneakers what can get WET & DIRTY!
□ Kneepads (optional)
OPTIONAL ITEMS
□ Camera/film
□ Book
□ Journal
PLEASE DO NOT BRING
• Cell Phones
• iPods
• Electronics
• Knives
• Jewelry
• Expensive Personal Belongings

 

Multi-Week Residential Adventure Sample Itinerary

* Most days of this camp offer a choice of activities to our campers based on their interests and preferences.  Each activity will have a minimum and maximum number of participants required to run that activity, and preference will be given to campers that sign up first for that activity.  This itinerary may be subject to change due to weather, camper interest, or other factors.

Day 1, Monday:  Challenge Course and Zip Line at Hemlock Overlook, Clifton, VA

After 8:00 – 9:00 AM Drop Off, Campers will get to know each other and begin learning to work as a team while participating in a series of interactive initiative games and challenge course elements, including the Zip Line.  

 

Day 2, Tuesday:  

Choice 1:  Caving at Whiting’s Neck Cave, Shepherdstown, VA

Campers will learn about cave ecology first hand as they explore the various tunnels and caverns of Whiting’s Neck cave.

Choice 2:  Climbing at Great Falls, MD

Campers will challenge themselves to climb a variety of naturally occurring routes of varying skill and difficulty levels.

Day 3, Wednesday:  Overnight Field Trip

Choice 1:  Hiking at Mary’s Rock, Shenandoah National Park, VA

Campers will enjoy a leisurely 2 mile day hike to the beautiful peak of Mary’s rock, then camp out in tents at a nearby campground.

Choice 2:  Caving at Glade Cave, Mt. Solon, VA

Cave enthusiasts will enjoy exploring Glade Cave, a larger, muddier cave with more cave features for spelunkers to explore before camping out at Natural Chimneys campground.

 

Day 4, Thursday:  Travel and Rest Day, Hemlock Overlook Regional Park, Clifton, VA

Campers return to base camp at Hemlock Overlook Park and spend the afternoon and evening with field games, arts and crafts, and campfire activities.

Day 5, Friday:  

Choice 1:  River Tubing on the Bull Run River, Hemlock Overlook Park, VA

A leisurely day of floating down the Bull Run on a tube, a popular activity on a hot summer day

Choice 2:  Outdoor Living Skills, Hemlock Overlook Park, VA

Campers will learn about the local ecology, wildlife, and flora and fauna while also learning about wilderness skills such as natural shelter building, map and compass skills, and fire building.  

Day 6, Saturday:  Parent’s Day

Parents and families are welcome to visit campers between the hours of 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.  Our zip line will be open for family members that want to experience some of the adventure for themselves!  Morning activities include field games, arts and crafts, or river tubing, and this evening’s activity is movie night.

Day 7, Sunday:  

Choice 1:  Outdoor Living Skills, Hemlock Overlook Park, VA

Campers will learn about the local ecology, wildlife, and flora and fauna while also learning about wilderness skills such as natural shelter building, map and compass skills, and fire building.  

Choice 2:  Kayaking/Canoeing on the Bull Run River, Hemlock Overlook Park, VA

Campers will enjoy a day of flat water canoeing or kayaking on the Bull Run River

Day 8, Monday:  

Choice 1:  Sailing on the Potomac River, Alexandria VA

Campers will enjoy a day of sailing on the Potomac River.

Choice 2:  Mountain Biking at Burke Lake Park, Fairfax Station, VA

Campers will enjoy a day of beginner-level mountain biking on the trails surrounding beautiful Burke Lake.

 

Day 9, Tuesday:  Overnight Field Trip

Choice 1:  Canoeing at Lake Moomaw, Washington and Jefferson National Forest, VA

Campers will travel to beautiful and pristine Lake Moomaw for flat water canoeing and primitive camping at Greenwood Point Campground.

Choice 2:  Rock Climbing at Cooper’s Rock State Park, WV

Campers will experience the beautiful scenery and rock climbing of Cooper’s Rock, one of the premier rock climbing sites in the mid-Atlantic region.

Day 10, Wednesday:   Overnight Field Trip

Choice 1:  Canoeing at Lake Moomaw, Washington and Jefferson National Forest, VA

Choice 2:  Rock Climbing at Cooper’s Rock State Park, WV

Day 11, Thursday:  Overnight Field Trip Conclusion/Return to Hemlock Overlook Park

Choice 1:  Canoeing at Lake Moomaw, Washington and Jefferson National Forest, VA

Choice 2:  Rock Climbing at Cooper’s Rock State Park, WV

Day 12, Friday:  Camp Conclusion/Pick up 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Choice 1:  Mountain Biking at Burke Lake Park, Fairfax Station, VA

Campers will enjoy a day of beginner-level mountain biking on the trails surrounding beautiful Burke Lake.

 

Choice 2:  Kayaking/Canoeing on the Bull Run River, Hemlock Overlook Park, VA

Campers will enjoy a day of flat water canoeing or kayaking on the Bull Run River

 

The First Day of Camp

Drop off time is 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park.  Follow the signs to the specific meeting location within the park.

 

Please make sure your camper has had a hearty breakfast before dropping off - it will be a long, active day!

 

Please assure that your camper has everything they need for their week at camp.  

 

If you are running a bit late for a drop off (or pick up), please call the Adventure Links office to let us know.

 

At the time of drop off, our Instructors will review your camper’s paperwork to make sure everything is accurate and up to date.  Instructors will also perform a brief medical screening and review any necessary medications at that time.

 

Please be prepared to present a picture ID when dropping off and picking up, not only at drop off but at pick up on Friday too.  We are very thorough when it comes to the safety of your camper!

 

At the time of drop off and pick up, you will be asked to sign your camper in and out on our pick up/drop off forms.  Please do not “drop and run”. Let our Instructor know if you are in a hurry, and he/she will help you finish this process as quickly as possible.  

 

On the first day of camp, our Instructors will hand out our scheduled itinerary for the week.  Please note the schedule may change due to weather or other circumstances. We’ll let you know if we have to make a change.

 

During Camp

You are welcome to call the Adventure Links office if you would like an update on how your camper’s day is going. We will also send out an email update on each Wednesday or Thursday to tell you how the camp is going.  

 

Check out the Adventure Links Facebook page for updates and photos from your camper’s activity!

 

If you experience an emergency and must contact your camper, please give us a call at the Adventure Links office and we will relay the message to your child right away.

 

If there is an emergency involving your child, a member of our staff will contact you immediately.

 

If your child is feeling homesick, a staff member will contact you to decide the best remedy.  Sometimes a call home is the best cure for homesickness.

 

If you have any questions, concerns, or special instructions you are welcome to speak to the Instructor at drop off, or contact the Adventure Links office.

APPALACHIAN ADVENTURE

The Basics

Days/Dates:  Sunday – Saturday throughout the summer

Drop off Time and Location:  1:00 PM at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park

Pick up Time and Location:  1:30 PM at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park

 

Preparation Checklist

  • Register for camp at www.adventurelinks.net or by phone at 571-281-3556.
  • Complete the pre-camp paperwork on-line at www.adventurelinks.net.  This is different from the registration process, and includes a short medical form and other useful information we’ll need before the start of camp.  Please submit these forms at least two weeks before the first day of camp!
  • Check out the pack list for your camp (included in parent handbook), make sure you have these items as well as any medications or personal belongings ready for the start of camp.
  • Double-check your confirmation email to make sure you have the correct dates for your camp.  Can’t find the confirmation email? Give us a call and we can re-send that for you.
  • Drop off is at 1:00 PM at our home site at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park.  Make sure you know how to get to the park!
  • Talk to your child about the camp.  Let him/her know that our Instructors will be there to help them if they have any questions or concerns.  Remind them about your expectations for their behavior during camp, as our expectations are similar to those at school or other extra-curricular activities.  Ask your child what his/her expectations are for the camp, and if there is anything you want to share with us to improve your child’s experience, give us a call to tell us about it!

 

Appalachian Adventure Pack List

Please Note:  Campers are encouraged to bring only essential items for the trip.  Campers should plan to arrive with one large duffle bag or backpack, one small day pack or back pack, and a small stuff sack containing a compact sleeping bag.  Storage space is limited on our Mini-buses, so any bulky or non-essential items may be left at base camp for the length of the trip.

PACK ITEMS
□ Pack items in a Duffle Bag or Large Backpack for bus travel (no wheels on bags):

□ Daypack/Small backpack for day trips

□ Sleeping bag:

□ 32 0z. re-usable water bottle/Nalgene (2):

    
□ Eating utensils and a mess kit or sturdy bowl and cup (campers will be using to eat breakfast and dinner

□ Sleeping pad (recommended)          

□ Camping pillow (small packable size)

□ Sunglasses

□ Sunscreen (at least 30 SPF)
□ Rain Gear (rain jacket)
□ Small flashlight or headlamp
□ Bug Spray
□ Towel
□ Personal toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)

CLOTHING
□Sturdy light hiking shoes or sneakers with tread on bottom
□Water Shoes, old sneakers that can get wet, or fixed heel/fixed toe sandals  (no strapless sandals or flip-flops): □ Wool or fleece sweater or light jacket
□ Long sleeved shirt (1)
□ T-shirts (4)
□ Shorts (3)
□ Long pants (1)
□ Bathing suit
□ Underwear (5+)
□ Socks (4 pairs)
CAVING GEAR
□ Warm layers that can get DIRTY - old sweatshirts and jeans work well!
□ Boots sneakers what can get WET & DIRTY!
□ Kneepads (optional)
□ Trash bag, labeled with name, to store wet & dirty items
OPTIONAL ITEMS
□ Camera/film
□ Book
□ Journal/pen/pencils
PLEASE DO NOT BRING
• Cell Phones
• iPods
• Electronics
• Knives
• Jewelry
• Expensive Personal Belongings

 

Appalachian Adventure Sample Itinerary

Sunday:   Challenge Course at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park, Clifton, VA

Campers will get to know each other and begin learning to work as a team while participating in a series of interactive initiative games and challenge course elements, including the Zip Line.  Campers will then have an introduction to camp craft including Leave No Trace Principles, camp cooking, and campsite set-up, and camp out at our home base at Hemlock Overlook Park.

 

Monday:  Caving at Whiting’s Neck Cave, Shepherdstown, WV

Campers will learn about cave ecology first hand as they explore the various tunnels and caverns of Whiting’s Neck cave, before camping out at Little Orleans Campground in West Virginia.

 

Tuesday:  Hiking at Cooper’s Rock State Park, WV

Campers will explore the lush landscape of Cooper’s Rock, and may begin their introduction to rock climbing techniques and principles if time allows.  Tonight’s campground is Chestnut Ridge Campground, near Morgantown, WV.

Wednesday:  Rock Climbing at Cooper’s Rock State Park, WV

A whole day dedicated to rock climbing at one of the region’s premier climbing destinations; campers will challenge themselves to ascend a variety of naturally occurring routes of varying skill and difficulty levels.  Then it’s back to Chestnut Ridge for another night of camping.

 

Thursday:  White Water Rafting in Ohiopyle, PA

The group will meet up with the experienced raft guides of Wilderness Voyageurs for an exciting day on the rapids of the Youghiogheny River.

 

Friday: Natural Waterslides and Cucumber Falls in Ohiopyle, PA

It’s time for a day to relax after a full week of non-stop activity.  Campers can cool off by splashing around in the swimming hole at Natural Waterslides Park in Ohiopyle, PA, and enjoy the majestic view of nearby Cucumber Falls.

 

The First Day of Camp

Drop off time is 1:00 PM at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park.  Follow the signs to the specific meeting location within the park.

 

Please make sure your camper has had a hearty breakfast before dropping off - it will be a long, active day!

 

Please assure that your camper has everything they need for their week at camp.  

 

If you are running a bit late for a drop off (or pick up), please call the Adventure Links office to let us know.

 

At the time of drop off, our Instructors will review your camper’s paperwork to make sure everything is accurate and up to date.  Instructors will also perform a brief medical screening and review any necessary medications at that time.

 

Please be prepared to present a picture ID when dropping off and picking up, not only at drop off but at pick up on Friday too.  We are very thorough when it comes to the safety of your camper!

 

At the time of drop off and pick up, you will be asked to sign your camper in and out on our pick up/drop off forms.  Please do not “drop and run”. Let our Instructor know if you are in a hurry, and he/she will help you finish this process as quickly as possible.  

 

On the first day of camp, our Instructors will hand out our scheduled itinerary for the week.  Please note the schedule may change due to weather or other circumstances. We’ll let you know if we have to make a change.

 

During Camp

You are welcome to call the Adventure Links office if you would like an update on how your camper’s day is going. We will also send out an email update on each Wednesday or Thursday to tell you how the camp is going.  

 

Check out the Adventure Links Facebook page for updates and photos from your camper’s activity!

 

If you experience an emergency and must contact your camper, please give us a call at the Adventure Links office and we will relay the message to your child right away.

 

If there is an emergency involving your child, a member of our staff will contact you immediately.

 

If your child is feeling homesick, a staff member will contact you to decide the best remedy.  Sometimes a call home is the best cure for homesickness.

 

If you have any questions, concerns, or special instructions you are welcome to speak to the Instructor at drop off, or contact the Adventure Links office.

TEEN EXPEDITION

The Basic

Drop Off Times for All Teen Expeditions:  2:00 PM

Pick Up Times:

North Carolina:  11:30 AM

New England:  11:30 AM

Appalachian Odyssey:  6:00 PM

Location for all pick up and drop off is Hemlock Overlook Regional Park

 

Preparation Checklist

  • Register for Teen Expeditions at www.adventurelinks.net or by phone at 571-281-3556
  • Complete the pre-camp paperwork on-line at www.adventurelinks.net.  This is different from the registration process, and includes a short medical form and other useful information we’ll need before the start of camp.  Please submit these forms at least two weeks before the first day of camp!
  • Check out the pack list for your camp (included in parent handbook), make sure you have these items as well as any medications or personal belongings ready for the start of camp.
  • Double-check your confirmation email to make sure you have the correct dates for your camp.  Can’t find the confirmation email? Give us a call and we can re-send that for you.
  • Drop off is from at 2:00 PM AM at our home site at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park.  Make sure you know how to get to the park!
  • Talk to your child about the camp.  Let him/her know that our Instructors will be there to help them if they have any questions or concerns.  Remind them about your expectations for their behavior during camp, as our expectations are similar to those at school or other extra-curricular activities.  Ask your child what his/her expectations are for the camp, and if there is anything you want to share with us to improve your child’s experience, give us a call to tell us about it!

 

North Carolina Pack List

Please Note:  Campers are encouraged to bring only essential items for the trip.  Campers should plan to arrive with one large duffle bag, one large backpack, one small day pack or back pack, and a small stuff sack containing a compact sleeping bag.  Storage space is limited on our Mini-buses, so any bulky or non-essential items may be left at base camp for the length of the trip.

□ Sleeping pad (recommended):

PACK ITEMS
□ Large duffle bag for bus travel

□ Large overnight backpack for overnight hiking:

□ Small backpack/day pack for day trips:

□ Sleeping bag (rated between 15 – 40 degrees/synthetic material):            

□ Camping pillow (small packable size):

□ Re-usable water bottle/Nalgene (2):

□ Eating utensils and a mess kit or sturdy bowl and cup with lid

□ Sunglasses
□ Sunscreen (at least 30 SPF)
□ Bug Spray
□ Rain Gear (rain jacket and rain pants – no ponchos)
□ Small flashlight or headlamp
□ Extra batteries (2 sets)
□ Towel
□ Personal toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)

CLOTHING
Note:  Synthetic materials such as polypropylene, synthetic wool, or polyester, will wick moisture away from the body, maintain warmth when wet, and dry much quicker than cotton. Synthetic material clothing is essential to comfort and safety on this expedition.

□ One pair of sneakers

□ One pair of sturdy hiking boots with ankle support (make sure boots have been broken in before the trip!):□ One pair of water shoes, old sneakers that can get wet, or fixed heel/closed toe sandals  (no strapless sandals, crocs, or flip-flops): 

□ Jacket or windbreaker (can double with raingear)
□ Wool or fleece pullover
□ Long sleeved polypropylene shirt (2)
□ T-shirts (4)
□ Polypropylene t-shirts (3)
□ Shorts (3)
□ Synthetic material long pants, i.e. jogging pants or warm-up pants (1-2)
□ Bathing suit
□ Underwear (13)
□ Cotton socks (5 pairs)
□ Wool or synthetic fiber socks (3 pairs)
□ Cap or brimmed hat
□ Winter hat and gloves
□ Bandana
□ Trash bag with name on it for dirty clothes
□ Polypropylene or synthetic fabric long underwear (tops and bottoms)
□ Gaiters (optional for backpacking)

CAVING GEAR
□ Warm layers that can get DIRTY - old sweatshirts and jeans work well!
□ Boots sneakers what can get WET & DIRTY!
□ Kneepads (optional)
OPTIONAL ITEMS
□ $20 for spending on program
□ Camera/film
□ Book
□ Journal/pen/pencils
PLEASE DO NOT BRING
• Cell Phones
• iPods
• Electronics
• Knives
• Jewelry or other expensive items

North Carolina Sample Itinerary

Day 1, Sunday:  Challenge Course and Zip Line at Hemlock Overlook, Clifton, VA

After a 2:00 PM Drop Off, Campers will get to know each other and begin learning to work as a team while participating in a series of interactive initiative games and challenge course elements, including the Zip Line.  Campers will then have an introduction to camp craft including Leave No Trace Principles, camp cooking, and campsite set-up, and camp out at our home base at Hemlock Overlook Park.

 

Day 2, Monday:  Caving at Glade Cave, Mt. Solon, VA

Campers will learn about cave ecology first hand as they explore the various tunnels and caverns of Glade cave, before camping out at Natural Chimneys Campground in Augusta County, VA.

Day 3, Tuesday:  Pilot Mt. State Park, NC

Today the group will travel to Pilot Mt. State Park, NC for a short hike to a local waterfall before camping out under the stars.

Day 4, Wednesday: Rock Climbing at Pilot Mt. State Park, NC

A full day of rock climbing for all ability levels at one of the region’s premier climbing sites.

Day 5, Thursday:  Green River, NC

Today is a travel and rest day, with the destination of Wilderness Cove Campground on the Green River near Asheville, NC.

Day 6, Friday:  Whitewater Kayaking on the Green River, NC

The first day of kayaking on the Green River includes basic paddling instruction, and moves on to more advanced techniques of “wet exits” and “rolling”.

Day 7, Saturday:  Whitewater Kayaking on the Green River, NC

After a day of learning and practicing techniques, today is a full day of whitewater kayaking on the green River.

Day 8, Sunday:  Backpacking in Pisgah National Forest, NC

Day 9, Monday:  Backpacking in Pisgah National Forest, NC

Day 10, Tuesday:   Backpacking in Pisgah National Forest, NC

Day 11, Wednesday:  Backpacking in Pisgah National Forest, NC

Day 12, Thursday:  DuPont State Forest, NC

After concluding the 4 day backpacking section of the trip, today is the perfect day to rest up at DuPont State Forest and cool off in the local waterfalls near the campsite.

Day 13, Friday:  Hemlock Overlook Regional Park, VA

Travel back to our base camp at Hemlock Overlook in Clifton, VA

Day 14, Saturday: Trip Conclusion/Pickup at 11:30 AM

 

New England Expedition Pack List

Please Note:  Campers are encouraged to bring only essential items for the trip.  Campers should plan to arrive with one large duffle bag, one medium/large backpack, one small day pack or back pack, and a small stuff sack containing a compact sleeping bag.  Storage space is limited on our Mini-buses, so any bulky or non-essential items may be left at base camp for the length of the trip.

PACK ITEMS
□ Large duffle bag for bus travel:

□ Medium/Large overnight backpack for overnight hiking:

□ Small backpack/day pack for day trips:

□ Sleeping bag (rated between 15 – 40 degrees/synthetic material

□ Sleeping pad (recommended)

□ Camping pillow (small packable size):

□ Re-usable water bottle/Nalgene (2):

□ Eating utensils and a mess kit or sturdy bowl and cup with lid:

□ Sunglasses
□ Sunscreen (at least 30 SPF)
□ Bug Spray
□ Rain Gear (rain jacket and rain pants – no ponchos)
□ Small flashlight or headlamp
□ Extra batteries (2 sets)
□ Towel
□ Personal toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)

CLOTHING
Note:  Synthetic materials such as polypropylene, synthetic wool, or polyester, will wick moisture away from the body, maintain warmth when wet, and dry much quicker than cotton. Synthetic material clothing is essential to comfort and safety on this expedition.

□ One pair of sneakers

□ One pair of sturdy hiking boots with ankle support (make sure boots have been broken in before the trip!)

□ One pair of water shoes, old sneakers that can get wet, or fixed heel/closed toe sandals  (no strapless sandals, crocs, or flip-flops)

□ Jacket or windbreaker (can double with raingear)
□ Wool or fleece pullover
□ Long sleeved polypropylene shirt (2)
□ T-shirts (4)
□ Polypropylene t-shirts (3)
□ Shorts (3)
□ Synthetic material long pants, i.e. jogging pants or warm-up pants (1-2)
□ Bathing suit
□ Underwear (14)
□ Cotton socks (5 pairs)
□ Wool or synthetic fiber socks (3 pairs)
□ Cap or brimmed hat
□Winter hat and gloves
□ Bandana
□ Trash bag with name on it for dirty clothes
□ Polypropylene or synthetic fabric long underwear (tops and bottoms)
□ Gaiters (optional for backpacking):

Service Learning Project Gear
□ A set of clothes that can get DIRTY - old t-shirts and jeans work well!
□ Boots or sneakers what can get WET & DIRTY

 

New England Expedition Sample Itinerary

Day 1, Sunday:  Challenge Course and Zip Line at Hemlock Overlook, Clifton, VA

After a 2:00 PM Drop Off, Campers will get to know each other and begin learning to work as a team while participating in a series of interactive initiative games and challenge course elements, including the Zip Line.  Campers will then have an introduction to camp craft including Leave No Trace Principles, camp cooking, and campsite set-up, and camp out at our home base at Hemlock Overlook Park.

Day 2, Monday:  Travel to Wild Waters Outdoor Center, Hudson River Gorge, NY

The drive will take about 8.5 hours, the group will camp here tonight and raft the next day.

Day 3, Tuesday:  White Water Rafting on the Hudson River, NY

Experienced white water guides from Wild Waters Outdoor Center will assist our group in safely navigating the exciting rapids.  The group will also camp out one more night in this location.

Day 4, Wednesday:  Travel to the White Mountains of New Hampshire

After reaching our campsite near Gorham, NH, the group will have some time to visit Glen Ellis Falls or take a scenic drive on the famous Kancamagus Highway.

Day 5, Thursday:  Hiking at Mt. Washington, NH

Campers will ascend the beautiful Mt. Washington and stay overnight at Lakes of the Clouds Hut, enjoying some of the most breath taking views in New England.

Day 6, Frida:  Hiking at Mt. Washington, NH

Campers will descend Mt. Washington and visit nearby Conway, NH for a pizza dinner.

Day 7, Saturday:  Service Learning Project at Camp Dodge, Pinkham, NH

Campers will get a firsthand experience of local ecology while assisting the Appalachian Trail Club with preserving the forest for future generations.

Day 8, Sunday 8/3:  Rock Climbing at Square Ledges, Pinkham Notch, NH

Today’s activity will include an introduction to climbing techniques and belay school, with plenty of time to get on the rock wall to test these new skills.

Day 9, Monday:  Zip Lining at Wildcat Mountain, NH

The Zip Line at Hemlock was just a warm-up for this thrilling 2.5 hour canopy tour.

Day 10, Tuesday:  Rock Climbing at Cathedral Rocks, Pinkham Notch, NH

A full day of rock climbing at the one of the premier climbing destinations in the Northeast

Day 11, Wednesday:  Sunset Sail near Portsmouth, NH

Today our group will travel to the coastal town of Portsmouth, NH and enjoy an interpretive sunset sailing experience led by local naturalists.

Day 12, Thursday:  Coastal Kayaking or Stand-up Paddle Boarding, Portsmouth, NH

Today’s activities include coastal kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding off the coast of New Hampshire, depending on weather conditions and preference.

Day 13, Friday:  Travel back to Hemlock Overlook Park, VA

It’s time to make the trip back to Virginia for the closing ceremonies of this amazing adventure.

Day 14, Saturday:  Trip Conclusion and Pickup at 11:30 AM

Appalachian Odyssey Pack List

Please Note:  Campers are encouraged to bring only essential items for the trip.  Campers should plan to arrive with one large duffle bag, one large backpack, one small day pack or back pack, and a small stuff sack containing a compact sleeping bag.  Storage space is limited on our Mini-buses, so any bulky or non-essential items may be left at base camp for the length of the trip.

PACK ITEMS
□ Large duffle bag for bus travel:

□ Large overnight backpack for overnight hiking

□ Small backpack/day pack for day trips

□ Sleeping bag (rated between 15 – 40 degrees/synthetic material):

□ Sleeping pad (recommended):              

□ Camping pillow (small packable size):

□ Re-usable water bottle/Nalgene (2):

 □ Eating utensils and a mess kit or sturdy bowl and cup with lid:

□ Sunglasses
□ Sunscreen (at least 30 SPF)
□ Bug Spray
□ Rain Gear (rain jacket and rain pants – no ponchos)
□ Small flashlight or headlamp
□ Extra batteries (2 sets)
□ Towel
□ Personal toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)

CLOTHING
Note:  Synthetic materials such as polypropylene, synthetic wool, or polyester, will wick moisture away from the body, maintain warmth when wet, and dry much quicker than cotton. Synthetic material clothing is essential to comfort and safety on this expedition.

□ One pair of sneakers

□ One pair of sturdy hiking boots with ankle support (make sure boots have been broken in before the trip!):

□ One pair of water shoes, old sneakers that can get wet, or fixed heel/closed toe sandals  (no strapless sandals, crocs, or flip-flops):
□ Jacket or windbreaker (can double with raingear)
□ Wool or fleece pullover
□ Long sleeved polypropylene shirt (2)
□ T-shirts (4)
□ Polypropylene t-shirts (3)
□ Shorts (3)
□ Synthetic material long pants, i.e. jogging pants or warm-up pants (1-2)
□ Bathing suit
□ Underwear (13)
□ Cotton socks (5 pairs)
□ Wool or synthetic fiber socks (3 pairs)
□ Cap or brimmed hat
□ Winter hat and gloves
□ Bandana
□ Trash bag with name on it for dirty clothes
□ Polypropylene or synthetic fabric long underwear (tops and bottoms)
□ Gaiters (optional for backpacking)

CAVING GEAR
□ Warm layers that can get DIRTY - old sweatshirts and jeans work well!
□ Boots sneakers what can get WET & DIRTY!
□ Kneepads (optional)
OPTIONAL ITEMS
□ $20 for spending on program
□ Camera/film
□ Book
□ Journal/pen/pencils
PLEASE DO NOT BRING
• Cell Phones
• iPods
• Electronics
• Knives
• Jewelry or other expensive belongings

Appalachian Odyssey Sample Itinerary

Day 1, Sunday:  Challenge Course and Zip Line at Hemlock Overlook, Clifton, VA

After a 2:00 PM Drop Off, Campers will get to know each other and begin learning to work as a team while participating in a series of interactive initiative games and challenge course elements, including the Zip Line.  Campers will then have an introduction to camp craft including Leave No Trace Principles, camp cooking, and campsite set-up, and camp out at our home base at Hemlock Overlook Park.

Day 2, Monday:  Caving at Glade Cave, Mt. Solon, VA

Campers will learn about cave ecology first hand as they explore the various tunnels and caverns of Glade cave, before camping out at Natural Chimneys Campground in Augusta County, VA.

Day 3, Tuesday:  “Ducky” paddling on the Upper New River in West Virginia

A Ducky is a 1-2 person inflatable kayak, and experienced white water guides from Rivermen Rafting will assist our group in safely navigating the exciting rapids.  The group will also camp at Rivermen’s site for the next three nights.

Day 4, Wednesday:  White Water Rafting on the Lower New River

Rivermen Rafting guides show us the way down the Lower New River in traditional white water rafts.

Day 5, Thursday:  Rock Climbing at New River Gorge

A full day of rock climbing for all ability levels at one of the region’s premier climbing sites.

Day 6, Friday:  Shopping and Backpack Prep

Create Menus and go shopping for our backpacking trip that begins tomorrow.  Camp at Tea Creek Campground in the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia, and learn the basics of backpacking such as how to pack your pack, and how to avoid blisters!

Day 7, Saturday:  Backpacking in the Cranberry Wilderness, WV

The backpacking trip begins!  The next three days and two nights are spent enjoying the natural beauty of the Cranberry Wilderness in Monongahela National Forest.  The group will bring only what they can carry in their packs, and camp out each night in primitive camp sites along the trail.

Day 8, Sunday:  Backpacking in the Cranberry Wilderness, WV

Day 9, Monday:  Backpacking in the Cranberry Wilderness, WV

Day 10, Tuesda:  Spruce Knob and Seneca Rocks

Today our group will drive to the summit of Spruce Knob, the tallest peak in West Virginia, before a leisurely hike to the lookout point at Seneca Rocks.  Seneca Shadows campground will be the campsite for tonight.

Day 11, Wednesday:  Tubing on the Shenandoah River

A relaxing day of tubing down the Shenandoah River, the current will bring the group to their destination before traveling to their campsite in Shenandoah National Park

Day 12, Thursday:  Hiking at Old Rag Mountain

What better way to bring our trip to a close than to reach the summit of the most popular peak in the Shenandoah National Park?  With a little help from the weather, the group will enjoy 360 degree panoramic views from the summit of this historic mountain. We finish the trip back where it all began, camping at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park.

Day 13, Friday 8/22:  Burke Lake Park/Trip Conclusion

After sleeping in and enjoying a hot breakfast, our group will help in wrapping up all the equipment used on the expedition before heading to Burke Lake Park in Fairfax Station, VA for a relaxing day of mountain biking, volleyball, and Frisbee golf.  Campers will enjoy one last dinner together before pick-up at 6:00 PM.

 

The First Day of Expedition

Drop off time is 2:00 PM at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park.  Follow the signs to the specific meeting location within the park.

 

Please make sure your camper has had a hearty breakfast and lunch before dropping off - it will be a long, active day!

 

Please assure that your camper has everything they need for their two weeks at camp.  

 

If you are running a bit late for a drop off (or pick up), please call the Adventure Links office to let us know.

 

At the time of drop off, our Instructors will review your camper’s paperwork to make sure everything is accurate and up to date.  Instructors will also perform a brief medical screening and review any necessary medications at that time.

 

Please be prepared to present a picture ID when dropping off and picking up, not only at drop off but at pick up on Friday too.  We are very thorough when it comes to the safety of your camper!

 

At the time of drop off and pick up, you will be asked to sign your camper in and out on our pick up/drop off forms.  Please do not “drop and run”. Let our Instructor know if you are in a hurry, and he/she will help you finish this process as quickly as possible.  

 

On the first day of camp, our Instructors will hand out our scheduled itinerary for the week.  Please note the schedule may change due to weather or other circumstances. We’ll let you know if we have to make a change.

 

During the Expedition

You are welcome to call the Adventure Links office if you would like an update on how your camper’s expedition is going. We will also send out an email update on each Wednesday or Thursday to tell you how the group is doing.  

 

Check out the Adventure Links Facebook page for updates and photos from your camper’s activity!

 

If you experience an emergency and must contact your camper, please give us a call at the Adventure Links office and we will relay the message to your child right away.

 

If there is an emergency involving your child, a member of our staff will contact you immediately.

 

If your teen is feeling homesick, a staff member will contact you to decide the best remedy.  Sometimes a call home is the best cure for homesickness.

 

If you have any questions, concerns, or special instructions you are welcome to speak to the Instructor at drop off, or contact the Adventure Links office.

Adventure Links in cooperation with NOVA PARKS.

Our site in Northern Virginia is located on 425-acres at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park in Clifton, VA. Hemlock Overlook is situated just minutes from Washington, DC, and is managed by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority. Adventure Links has partnered with NOVA Parks and is the exclusive provider of team building at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park.