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Fall Fun Week: Explore and Learn at Camp Wesley Woods
October 10-15, 2016
Make memories with your family this fall – maybe even start some new traditions. Spend a day with Camp Wesley Woods’ staff and guests, or a whole week!
- All activities meet at Camp Wesley Woods unless otherwise noted in the description.
- Pre-registration is required for all activities and events that do not meet minimum registration numbers will be cancelled so sign up by the deadline and share the fun with your family and friends. Registration deadline is one week before each event.
- Most events can continue in chilly and/or rainy weather so no refunds will be given; truly inclement weather that makes the activity unsafe will cause cancellation and refunds will automatically be issued in that unlikely event.
- All participants under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or adult relative.
- Participation in any activity requires a signed consent form; under 18-years-old requires a parent/guardian signature.
Monday, October 10
Meet at Camp Wesley Woods at 9:00am; Anticipated finish is 4:00pm
Would you know what to do in an emergency in the woods? James Gibson has taught survival skills around the country for 30 years, is the owner of Smoky Mountain School of Bushcraft and has trained under Tom Brown – join him for a day of practicing survival techniques. Learn about debris huts and other natural shelters, fire-making, primitive weapons, flint-knapping, and proper care and sharpening of your knife. Hands-on practice makes for a fun and educational day in the fall woods that will make you more comfortable and confident for your next outdoor adventure. The details: $20 per person, bring a sack lunch and water bottle, bring a knife and about 25 feet of 550 paracord, dress appropriately for the outdoors. Registration deadline is Monday, October 3.
Tuesday, October 11
Meet at Camp Wesley Woods at 8:30am; Anticipated return is 4:30pm
Bob Hayes, a retired minister and an Instructor with CWW’s Outdoor Education program, has already hiked more than 300 miles in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park in 2016 - join him for a hike to one of his favorite places. With amazing views along the way, the sometimes-strenuous climbs along the 8-mile trek are well worth the work. The details: $8 per person; ages 10 years and older, bring a sack lunch, snacks, and drinking water, dress appropriately for the outdoors. Registration deadline is Tuesday, October 4.
Fall Wildflowers and Seeds
Wednesday, October 12
Meet at Camp Wesley Woods at 1:00pm; Anticipated finish is 5:00pm
Matt Rung is an Outdoor Education Instructor and author of Flora of Camp Wesley Woods, spring ephemerals to autumn composites. Join Matt for a hike to look at the highlights of fall flower structures and memorable seeds and pods. Learn not just the identification of flowers, but also the stories of their life cycles, ethnobotanical usages, and meanings behind those mysterious scientific names. Purchase a copy of the booklet ($5) and have it signed while you’re here. The details: $5 per person, ages 8 years and up, moderate hike with some steep sections and rocky footing, bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the camp grounds before the beginning of the program if you wish. Registration deadline is Wednesday, October 5.
Full Moon Bike Ride at Cades Cove
Wednesday, October 12
Meet at Cades Cove Picnic Area at 6:00pm; Anticipated finish is 10:00pm
Join the ranks of the truly adventurous with this memorable evening experience in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Meet us in the Cades Cove picnic area to begin our evening with a simple cookout supper in the park; food provided by Camp Wesley Woods. Once the sun is down, we’ll head around the eleven-mile loop road by moonlight on our bicycles where we’ll encounter hills, curves, and memories a-plenty. The details: $25 per person, ages 12 years and older, bring your own bicycle, have a bicycle headlight or wear a headlamp (bring extra batteries), bring a jacket or sweater. Meets in Cades Cove Picnic Area, just before the loop road entrance; look for the Camp Wesley Woods sign within the picnic loop. A professional bicycle mechanic will be part of our cycling group and will help make emergency repairs if needed along the way, but cost of parts will be your responsibility. Every attempt will be made to accommodate standard dietary restrictions (vegetarian, gluten-free, simple allergies) if we are notified with your registration; we cannot guarantee accommodation with later notice of dietary needs. Registration deadline is Wednesday, October 5.
Orienteering Scavenger Hunt
Thursday, October 15
Starting Bell will ring at Camp Wesley Woods at 10:00am; Ending Bell will ring at 2:00pm
Brush up on your map skills and join in our special one-day orienteering challenge course around the Camp Wesley Woods property. Points will be awarded for different destination stops, do as many or as few as your group desires. Prizes will be awarded for the three teams with the top point totals at the end of the day. Brand new to orienteering? Come at 9:00am for a basic map-reading refresher course for anyone registered for the event. The details: $5 per person or $15 per family team, all ages are welcome but some clue destinations will involve strenuous hiking and will not be suitable for everyone, bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on camp grounds if you wish, dress appropriately for the outdoors. Registration deadline is Thursday, October 6.
Fall Nature Photography Workshop
Friday, October 14
Meet at Camp Wesley Woods at 5:45am; Approximate return is 3:00pm
Join Kevin Hancock, owner of Hancock Photography, for a full day of tips and techniques in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Whether you are a novice or expert, Kevin will transport you to multiple scenic locations with a variety of subjects and share his many years of experience with you to improve your technique and enjoyment of photography. Bring your camera and sense of adventure! The details: $25 per person; ages 12 years and older, bring a sack lunch and drinking water, dress appropriately for the outdoors, a tripod will be helpful if you have one, and the owner’s manual for your camera. Registration deadline is Friday, October 7.
Friday, October 14
Meet at Camp Wesley Woods at 6:30pm; Anticipated finish is 9:00pm
Grab your friends and family to try your hand at trivia about our local natural history. Enjoy light refreshments and friendly fun while your team attempts the increasingly-challenging questions posed by our outdoor education staff. Prizes awarded for the top three teams at the end of the night. No team? No problem, sign on up and we’ll find you a spot. The details: $5 per person or $15 per team of up to 6 people, all ages are welcome but the game will be geared for ages 10 and up to work with adults (coloring sheets will be provided for younger team members). Registration deadline is Friday, October 7.
Lower Hiwassee Paddle Trip
Saturday, October 15
Meet at Camp Wesley Woods at 10:30am; Anticipated return is 9:00pm
Enjoy a day on the water along the scenic Hiwassee River with fall colors on the hills above. This gentle stretch of river encounters mostly Class I flatwater with a couple Class II riffle sections, perfect for beginning boaters and families to try their hand at paddling sports. The trip passes a great swimming hole so we’ll have the opportunity for dip if the weather allows. The details: $30 per person, ages 10 years and older for canoeing with an adult in the same boat, 12 years and older for kayaking. We will provide transportation to and from the river, shuttle between put-in and take-out, all boating and personal floatation equipment. Bring a sack lunch, snacks, drinking water, and sun protective clothing and/or sunscreen, a bathing suit, and a change of clothes for the ride home. We will stop at a pizza restaurant on the way home so bring funds to purchase dinner. Registration deadline is Saturday, October 8.
Make It a Vacation
Sunday, October 9 to Saturday, October 15
See several fun things on this list and want to do them all, but don’t want to drive back and forth to the house each night? Stay overnight with your family in one of our cabins! Cabins have an average of 12 beds (6 bunk beds) and most feature large porches from which to enjoy the cool autumn evenings. Access the centrally-located bathhouse nearby for toilet and shower facilities. Stay one night or the whole week. The details: $40 per cabin per night, no food service available on site. Reservation deadline is one week before reservation date.
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