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Spring 2017 Adventure Classroom for Home Schoolers (Ages 10-18)

 

“Every child has inside him an aching void for excitement, and if we don’t fill it with something which is exciting and interesting and good for him, he will fill it with something which isn’t exciting and interesting and good for him!”  (Theodore Roosevelt). 

 

 

The natural world gives us a marvelous setting in which to find this adventure, as well as experience God’s beauty, learn new skills, and make friends.  This spring, WILD GUYde Adventures will be providing several outdoor experiences for home-schooled students ages 10-18 and their parents.  Activities like rock climbing, canoe paddling, and caving will provide outdoor opportunities for children to experience exciting fun with friends, physical skill learning, and fitness apart from traditional team sports.  Parents may register with their children, but children may also attend unaccompanied.   

 

Who is invited?  Home schooled students ages 10-18  and their parents.  Participants do not need to be “super athletes,” but they should be comfortable with extended vigorous activity.  Parents who register with their children will receive a $5 discount for each event that they are willing to attend and provide carpooling.  At least two adults will accompany each outing.  Parents may register to join in, but children may also attend unaccompanied.   

 

Format:  Three adventure trips -- rock climbing, a canoeing river trip, and caving underground.  The adventure days will provide beginner instruction in the fundamentals of each activity.  Skills will include paddle strokes, basic map reading, rock climbing, knot tying, and outdoor safety.  In addition, this year we are again offering Frontier Scout Day – a special theme day for 10-15 year-olds.  On all WILD GUYde trips, students will be introduced to Leave No Trace principles of natural resource usage, to help them become good stewards of God’s creation.

 

Logistics:  Adventure Classroom groups meet in town and then travel out to activity sites by private vehicles (parent participants).  All sites are within 60 minutes of Harrisonburg, VA.

 

What to bring:  WILD GUYde Adventures will provide all group and specialized activity equipment (helmets, harnesses, ropes, canoes, etc.).  A personal equipment-to-bring list for participants will be provided.

 

When?  Selected weekdays in May and June, 2017:

·        Caving at Glade Cave - Wed., 5/17 (AM)

·        Rock Climbing – Wed., 5/24

·        South Fork River Canoeing* – Wed., 5/31

·        Frontier Scout – Thurs., 6/1

Overflow dates will be announced in April.  Rain-dates are typically the Friday of each week. 

 

*River trip participants less than 14 years old must first attend the Lake Shenandoah flatwater paddling day on Tues., 5/23.   

 

How much?  $25 per person for each trip, or $20 per trip if registering for three or more.  Frontier Scout Day is $40 ($35 for a second family member).

 

Is it safe?  The outdoors is not a safe place.  Part of what adventure means is that not all risks are eliminated.  By teaching proper skills and precautions, and using the right equipment, we attempt to manage risk.  Participants will be asked to complete a Medical Form, and sign a Participant Agreement acknowledging various dangers.

 

Memorabilia:  Participants will receive a Lost in the Woods trip card from WILD GUYde for 1 trip, and a Smokey Game Bandana if registered for 3 or more.  Students are also encouraged to bring a camera to save their own memories.

 

Sign-up:  Students and parents may register for 1, 2, or all 3 trip adventures and the Frontier Scout Day.  Day trips are limited to 12 participants each; priority registration will be given to early commitments, and to students registering for multiple dates.  Download a Medical Form/Participant Agreement from www.wildguyde.com , and mail with payment to WGA, 1047 Stuart St., Harrisonburg, VA 22802 (checks payable to WGA).  WRITE THE DATES OF YOUR TRIP CHOICES ON THE MEDICAL FORM!  To ask questions, contact Lester Zook at 540-433-1637 or lester@wildguyde.com .  75% refund for cancellations up to 7 days prior; no refund thereafter. 

 

And finally, who are these WILD GUYdes?  Lester R. Zook has been http://www.wildguyde.com/whoisthiswildguyde_files/image023.jpgleading wilderness adventures for college students and camp groups for the past 25 years.  He is a Wilderness First Responder, and is a certified member of the American Mountain Guides Association (Single Pitch Instructor).  He and his wife Robin have four children, attend Horizons Christian Fellowship, and home-schooled their children through elementary school. Ethan Zook has been a camp counselor and adventure leader at numerous camps.  He is a Red Cross Lifeguard and a Virginia Paramedic.  Aaron Zook is a climber, caver and paddler, a Red Cross Lifeguard, and has been through Wilderness First Aid. WGA is a permitee with the George Washington and Monongahela National Forests, and is an equal opportunity provider and employer.  WGA is a member of the Christian Adventure Association, the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce, the National Speleological Society, and the Access Fund.

                                                                 

 

 

 

 


Text Box: Frontier Scout Days with WILD GUYde Adventures

 

 

 

 

This year, Frontier Scouts will take a journey back in time to the early 1800’s, when the Appalachian Mountains were being explored by Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett.  This special one-day adventure will have 10-15 year-olds graders learning mountain skills like whittling, leather craft, stalking, fire-building, and archery.  Outdoor games and learning activities will fill the time, and students will have a take-home craft at the end of the day.  Leave-no-trace practices will be emphasized, helping children to learn how to protect the natural environment, and be good stewards of God’s creation.  Children will also have fun at the end of the day swimming in the river and exploring the landscape. 

 

 

When: Thurs., 6/1, meeting in Harrisonburg around 8:30 AM, and then traveling out to a designated location in the George Washington National Forest.  The event will conclude between 4 and 5 PM (rain date, Fri., 6/2).

 

Who: 10-15 year-olds (boys and girls).  Participants do not need to be “super athletes,” but they should be comfortable with a full and vigorous day of outdoor activity.  Parents may also register to spend the day with their kid!

 

What to bring: Outdoor clothing, a backpack (book bag style), sweatshirt or jacket, bug repellant, outdoor footwear (hiking boots or sneakers), a bag lunch and snack food, water (at least 1 qt, and preferably two), a folding pocket knife (no fixed or serrated blades), swim suit, small towel, and river shoes (old sneakers, aqua shoes, or sandals with a heel strap).  Optional items include a whistle on a lanyard, a sharpening stone, a camera, and a coonskin cap.☺

 

Is it safe?  The outdoors is not a safe place.  Part of what adventure means is that not all risks are eliminated.  By teaching proper skills and precautions, and using the right equipment, we attempt to manage risk.  Participants will be asked to complete a Medical Form, and sign a Participant Agreement acknowledging various dangers.

 

Sign-up:  Cost for the day is $40, and $35 for an additional sibling.  This adventure is limited to 12 students; priority registration will be given to early commitments and family clusters. Download a Medical Form/Participant Agreement from www.wildguyde.com and mail with payment to WGA, 1047 Stuart St., Harrisonburg, VA, 22802 (check payable to WGA).  To ask questions, contact Lester Zook at 540-433-1637 or lester@wildguyde.com.  Be prepared to provide name, address and phone number, and age.  75% refund for cancellations up to 7 days prior; no refunds thereafter.   

 

 

And finally, who are these WILD GUYdes?  Lester R. Zook has been leading wilderness adventures for college students and camp groups for the past 25 years.  He is a Wilderness First Responder, is a certified member of the American Mountain Guides Association (Single Pitch Instructor), and has guiding permits in the George Washington and Monongahela National Forests.  He and his wife Robin have four children, attend Horizons Christian Fellowship, and home-schooled their children through elementary school.  Ethan Zook has been a camp counselor and adventure leader at numerous camps.  He is a Red Cross Lifeguard and a Virginia Paramedic.  Aaron Zook is a climber, caver and paddler, a Red Cross Lifeguard, and has been through Wilderness First Aid.  WGA is an equal opportunity employer and provider, and is a member of the Christian Adventure Association, the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce, the National Speleological Society, and the Access Fund.