Explorers the Great is a single session camp for 15- to 17-year-old campers interested in more ambitious outdoor trips. This year they took a three day canoe trip down the Shenandoah, and a three day hiking trip around Browns Gap in Shenandoah National Park. In between, they got a day off, geared towards recuperation and largely directed by what the campers showed interest in doing to relax.
There was some lounging by the pool, and a contemplative chaplain's time based around walking the labyrinth. Two obsessions discovered on the river were Nicholas Cage and Taylor Swift, so they convinced their director to print out pictures of each to carry around camp and on their next excursion. Obviously, National Treasure was mandatory viewing for the evening.
What better way to end a day of relaxation and recuperation than a vigorous game of Ultimate Frisbee, running up and down the field chasing a flying disc? It seems Explorers campers are not prone to sitting around. The following morning, all the gear was packed quickly so everyone could get back on the bus and on the trail to their next adventure.
By David Churchman
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