Within an hour of Beckley are world-class trails, rivers and climbing facilities centered around the New River Gorge National River. This six-day program will include hiking, a challenge course, climbing, whitewater rafting and a service project.
The group will travel each day by van to a different venue in the Beckley region to participate in an adventure activity. Activities are led by Tech Adventures staff and local outfitters. Each activity is designed to build group teamwork skills, support individual self-confidence and provide healthy outdoor fun.
The group will return each night to our established camping area for showers, food and evening activities. Camping is in Tech Adventures tents and the group will work cooperatively to set up camp, cook meals and perform camp duties. Each evening will include a campfire discussion about different aspects of college life and strategies for successful navigation of the challenges college students face.
Session 1: July 30- August 4
Session 2: August 6 - 11
Some flexibility is built into the schedule to allow for changing weather, group readiness and external variables. Activities planned for each program are:
Day 1 – Check-In, Meet and Greet – Program check-in begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Tech Adventures office at 704 South Kanawha Street. Students and their guests will meet university officials, participate in a campus tour and join in a family lunch at WVU Tech’s Beckley campus. After lunch, families will depart and there will be a trip briefing and equipment check. Group will pack program vehicles and travel to their campsite. At camp, group will set up tents and kitchen then cook dinner. Each evening will end with a group discussion and a brief of the next day’s activities.
Day 2 – Challenge Course Day – Challenge courses are a series of activities, manmade obstacles and puzzles that a facilitator leads the group through. These activities and group discussions help participants get to know each other better, improve communications and support teamwork.
Day 3 – Hike and Service Day – Within one to two hours of Beckley are hundreds of day hike trail opportunities. Hikes vary from ridgelines with spectacular views to creekside rambles with waterfalls and wading pools. Tech Adventures staff will choose trails that match the group’s abilities and are appropriate for time and weather conditions. Students will also have an opportunity to contribute to a local community in the Beckley area with a half-day service project. On and off-campus projects may include trail clean-up or clearing, house painting or community gardening. Activities may involve using small hand tools and interacting with local residents and community groups.
Day 4 – Rock Climbing Day – Another great adventure resource in the region is the Summit Bechtel Reserve High Adventure camp. On the 12,000-acre site is one of the largest outdoor artificial rock walls in North America. It is a special opportunity for the group to learn how to climb and rappel here for the day.
Day 5 – New River Rafting – West Virginia is known as the whitewater capital of the east and we have some of the best rivers within 30 miles of the WVU Tech campus. Students will experience a day-long raft trip down the exciting whitewater of the New River Gorge guided by a local outfitter. Groups will get to test out their teamwork skills learned during the week as they follow their guide’s commands to navigate Class III – IV rapids.
Day 6 – Wrap-Up – Group will reflect on the week behind them and look forward to the Fall semester. After packing up camp, the group will return to campus for a closing lunch and celebration of their week’s achievements. The program will end at 2 p.m.