In the outdoors, children find excitement, intricacy, and wonder. The eyes widen when we discover deer prints, beaver-chewed wood, and birds’ nests, when we compare oak leaves to pine needles, and when we find huckleberries. This spring, WILD GUYde Adventures will invite 7-13 year olds and parents to experience some of the simple and beautiful treasures of the wild and local outdoors.
Format: Two hikes and a paddling experience will get us into the outdoors for these ˝-day adventures. Activities might include scrambling on boulders, visiting a fire tower, trying a low intensity tension traverse across a mountain stream, and exploring a lake for clues about water fowl. Children who enjoy the outdoors learn to value and protect it; the group will do some trash pickups, and be introduced to Leave No Trace practices in the National Forest.
Logistics: Adventure Classroom groups meet in town and then travel out to activity sites by private vehicles (parent participants). All sites are within 30 minutes of Harrisonburg, VA. At least two adults will accompany each outing. Parents may register to join in, but children may also attend unaccompanied.
What to bring: WILD GUYde Adventures will provide all group and specialized activity equipment (First Aid kit, Personal Flotation Devices, etc.). A personal equipment-to-bring list for participants will be provided.
When? Selected weekdays in May, 2017:
· High Knob Fire Tower Hike - Tues., 5/16 (AM)
· Fridleys Gap Hike – Thurs., 5/18 (AM)
· Paddling at Lake Shenandoah- Tues., 5/23 (AM)
Overflow dates will be announced in April. Rain-dates are typically Fridays of the corresponding week.
How much? $25 per person for each trip, or $20 each trip if registering for three or more. Parents who register with their children will receive a $5 discount for each trip that they are willing to attend and provide carpooling.
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 the memories.
Sign-up: Students and
parents may register for 1, 2, or all 3 adventures. Children ages 10 and older may also sign up
for the older adventures. 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.,
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, 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, a member of the Christian Adventure Association and the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce, and is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
*Hiking locations are rotated on a biennial basis, so participants from last year can expect some exciting new sites!