Thursday, 07/04/2019 - Sunday, 07/07/2019
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Mohican Outdoor Center
Summer camp. The smell of the campfire at the end of the day, a plethora of wholesome outdoor activities to trot off to each morning, sleeping outside amongst friends, and silly games\crafts\educational programs to fill in any gaps or to amuse on a rainy day. But why should kids get to exclusively have all of this fun??
This year, treat yourself to a short getaway where you can relive those days of glory (or anguish!) by partaking in the grownup version of an American rite of passage.
Day 1: Depart from (to be determined) carpool location and caravan (6 hours-ish) to the scene of the crime, The Poconos!! Yes, Pennsylvania will never be the same. We will stop for lunch and a leg stretch enroute at a predetermined spot. Our travels will then take us to our first activity: A guided “Wolf Watch” tour at the Lakota Wolf Preserve in Columbia, NJ. The tour is approximately 90 minutes and is lead by one of the handlers who raise and feed the animals on site. They will educate us about these animals and also answer any questions that we have about them. We will spend some time in the observation area, which is in the middle of the 4 different packs of wolves. There is no guest contact directly with the wolves, but we will get to observe them playing and hopefully hear them howl!
After the wolf preserve we will complete our drive (approx. 9 miles) to our home for the weekend, the group campsite at the Mohican Outdoor Center. There, we can set up camp, fix dinner, and either A) relax before hitting the hay or B) head to a nearby town for some local fireworks- it is 4th of July after all! Supposedly, you can sometimes hear the wolves from the preserve howling from camp. Fingers crossed 🙂
Day 2: Up and at ’em! This morning’s activity: A 10 mile paddling trip down the beautiful Delaware River, through the Delaware Water Gap. This stretch of river is beginner friendly and travels through the most scenic part of the Delaware River. There are some class I rapids (riffles), bald eagle nests and at the very end of the trip there is a larger rapid that can be a Class II depending how high the river is. After we eat breakfast we will pack lunches and carpool the 15 miles to the town of Delaware Water Gap. Our outfitter will get us suited up and will shuttle us to our put in location. After a leisurely trip with some stops for swimming and lunch, we will arrive at the takeout in Portland, where we will then be shuttled back to our cars. Following the paddle, we have many options including exploring one of the many small towns nearby, or heading back to camp and doing some hiking (Mohican Outdoor Center is right next to the AT) or swimming in the small glacial lake that is on site, or just relaxing, taking in the cool Poconos breezes.
Day 3: More fun! Today we will eat a quick breakfast, pack our lunches and head out for a cycling adventure. The Lehigh Gorge Trail is a rails to trails bike path that follows along the Lehigh River for 25 miles, traversing Lehigh Gorge State Park. We will carpool to the town of Jim Thorpe, PA (an hour from camp) where we will convene at the outfitters’ location and check in. We will be shuttled to the start of the trail in White Haven, PA and ride 25 miles on a slightly downhill grade until we get to the town of Jim Thorpe. Along the way we will stop to eat lunch and for any photo ops along the way. There are a few swimming holes and waterfalls per the description of the trail. Post-ride, we can check out the town of Jim Thorpe, which has a touristy street with museums and restaurants. We can have dinner in town or head back to camp for that.
Day 4: Today is packup and travel day. Have breakfast, take a quick hike or swim, and then head back to Richmond, hopefully with happy new sleepaway camp memories!
What you are paying for: 3 nights of camping at a group campsite at Mohican Outdoor Center in Blairstown, NJ.
All activities are optional and have extra costs involved.
Kayaking trip with equipment rental + shuttle – $46.00
Biking trip, equipment rental + shuttle – $42.00.
Activity fees all to be paid later.
*Campsite will have a fire ring and pit toilet. Showers are in the visitor center and are $5 which includes a towel.
**Meal options and other details will be discussed at a pre-trip meeting which will be sometime in May or June.
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