Wilderness Trips

BUILDING CONFIDENCE WHILE EXPLORING GOD'S CREATION

Camp Cedarbrook backpack and canoe trips offer campers the opportunity to explore the beautiful nearby Adirondack mountains and lakes as they develop lifelong memories, create new friendships, learn confidence, perseverance, and outdoor skills as they cultivate a vibrant relationship with Jesus.

Adventure trips provide challenges within the reach of the average, healthy camper. Girls finished grade 5 and older will experience 2–5 days off the camp property off the camp property exploring the beautiful Adirondacks. Trips are planned by age group to match the needs and skills of the participants and are led by enthusiastic, trained wilderness guides. Camp provides all equipment except for a few personal items such as hiking boots.

Wilderness and adventure trips at Christian girls summer camp in NY

CANOE TRIPS

Canoe Trips travel on the Adirondack canoe routes along lakes and rivers. These trips include paddling, portaging canoes and equipment, and tent or leanto camping for 3–5 days. The routes feature spectacular scenery and campers always return home with many stories to tell. Canoe trips are for Challengers and Explorers (finished grade 7) and must have completed Canoe 1 and Swim 2 or have equivalent skills.

Wilderness and adventure trips at Christian girls summer camp in NY

BACKPACK TRIPS

Backpack Trips travel through the High Peaks region of the Adirondack Mountains or the mountains east of Lake George. These trips include hiking mountain trails with loaded backpacks and tent or leanto camping for 2–4 days. Campers will learn to use a map, build and cook over a fire, pitch a tent, and Leave No Trace® principals. Backpack Trips are offered to Trailblazers, Challengers, and Explorers. (finished grade 5).

Two-Week Experience Overnights

The Two Week Experience offers specially planned wilderness overnights that are only available to girls in this session. Beyond a typical sleep out (that can occur during a normal one week session), campers experience outdoor living for almost 24 hours as they hike (or boat) to their destination within our 500 acres of camp property. In addition to sleeping outside, campers enjoy dinner and breakfast over a campfire and truly bond with their cabin mates and counselors.

Trip Safety

We ensure the safety of every camper and staff member going out of camp on our wilderness adventure trips. Trip staff carry emergency information that includes vital information, such as the trip route, emergency exits, and important phone numbers. Trip staff also carry a cellphone, phone card, and money at all times. The trip route is also filed with the local New York State Park Ranger. If you require a detailed itinerary for your camper’s specific trip, please contact the camp office immediately before your camper’s session.

Because space is limited, you must sign up on your registration form and pay an additional fee. Each camper signs a Trip Covenant when she registers for a trip, asserting that she is in good health and will inform the staff members of any change in her condition of health. We reserve the right to change our program or cancel trips if fewer than 4 campers register.

Wilderness and adventure trips at Christian girls summer camp in NY
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Trip Prep

Trips are led by certified specialists who are at least 21 years old and trained in leading such groups. The trip specialist is accompanied by at least one other qualified staff member. Trip specialists are certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR, and are trained to handle possible hazards. Canoe trip staff members are trained in canoe-over-canoe rescue. At least one canoe trip staff member is a certified Lifeguard, trained in water rescue skills. Trip specialists have traveled on each trip route prior to leading a trip with camper.

Campers participate in trip orientation prior to trip preparation. They practice skills necessary for the specific type of trip, view maps and emergency information, and are trained in the use of the cellphone and other ways to obtain emergency assistance. Campers prepare their camping equipment as needed and pack for the trip.

During the Trip

All trips take place away from the camp property in the beautiful Adirondack Park. All trip groups carry the following trip materials: maps marked with the campsite location for each night; emergency access points along trip routes; and names and phone numbers for rangers along trip routes.

Staff members carry cellphone(s) for communication in the event of an emergency. Many trip routes pass near homes or along well-traveled routes so that others may offer emergency assistance if necessary. Rangers patrol these popular routes as well.

Health, safety, risks, and hazards of the trip program are similar to those experienced at camp. Trip hazards include falls, capsized canoes, inclement weather, and encounters with animals. For inclement weather, trips may continue in the rain, but will stop and seek shelter in the event of lightning. Per New York State regulations, all trips carry “bear cans” to protect food supplies.

In the event that a trip cannot continue, the camp office is notified and camp staff drivers leave immediately to collect the trip group.

Wilderness and adventure trips at Christian girls summer camp in NY
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