After Monday’s night in the woods, Tuesday  brought us to mountain day.  We did some rock climbing, rappelling, hiking, the tyrolean traverse, and of course made ourselves some food in our fire ring.  When we wake tomorrow, we will have breakfast and start our second and final hike into the woods for another overnight.  This will lead us to our final challenge of the waterfall rappel.  The campers are doing great and looking forward to our next activities.

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Mountain day was successful.  We did some climbing, scrambling, rappelling, hiking, hanging upside down from ropes as we crossed a small ravine…  after a physical day as this, our young survivors are ready for dinner and some relax time before our long hike tomorrow.

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After fire building, a short hike, shelter building, and the making of dinner…   Our Monday came to a close.  Got up early and headed back to base camp.  Today (Tuesday) is mountain day.  We will be climbing, rappelling, and other ropes adventures.  Then we bed down in the yurts for some rest before our long hike on Wednesday.

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After some amazing storms on Tuesday that rained out some of our activities, our survivors woke up ready to go with today’s hike into the woods.   Following their overnight , they will make their way to High Falls for their final rappel tomorrow.  It is about 45 ft from top to bottom.  Definitely an opportunity for each of them to challenge themselves and to overcome some fears.  Bring on the rappel.

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  After one night in the BG base camp yurts, our young “survivors” had a short hike, crossed a shallow river to their overnight site.   Here they build shelters , start a fire for dinner, and bed down for the night.  Tomorrow brings on more adventure with our mountain day scheduled.

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After a couple days of learning and practicing some new outdoor skills, the group heads out today.  Weather is holding off and clearing the path to the final challenge of rappelling down next to high falls.  Spirits are high and only a few miles away from their destination …

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The campers entered their long trek while it was raining.  They braved it in…  Battled several hours of rain, made it to the Lean-To at Table Mtn, had some food and fell asleep.  They are such troopers.  Today, we made it to main camp for showers, giant swing, and lunch.  They are all back to the BG base camp for dinner, closing campfire, and a good nights sleep…  Its been a great 2 weeks.  I believe that they all were challenged in different ways, but all good ways.  We will miss them.  Such great young people.  We hope to see them all again. Jeff Williams, BG Teen Survival Camp Director

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So, the camper’s first week is done.  They have been practicing all of the skills that they learned last year.  They have built so many cooking fires, crossed moving water, built shelters, navigated through the mountains, climbed, rappelled, and much more. This all leads up to their 4 day overnight that starts on Monday morning.  With a possible mix of rain and sun, their skills will be put to the test as they make their way over and through some of the Catskills peaks.  Some of those are not on a trail.   The campers all came together to plan their route on a map, their meals, their overnight locations, and […]

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Its been a great couple days.   The campers are really coming together.  Check out the other photos shared through https://frostvalley.smugmug.com/  The Campers have learned fire building, water purification, shelter building, navigation, some rock climbing, rappelling, and definitely some miles under their feet hiking.   Wednesday started their survival overnight…   With the help and support from each other, they will complete their journey…    even with smiles still on their faces.

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The last two days have been full of instruction and adventure.  Our young survivors learned how to start fires, purify their water, river crossings, orienteering, shelter building, cooking, hiking, rappelling, teamwork, and stepping into leadership roles.   All of this has led them up to their “survival overnight”   They will be hiking a few miles (off trail) to set up an overnight improvised campsite…   tomorrow they continue their journey to High Falls….   They then have an opportunity to rappel next to the falls.   They are prepared and ready to do…   The weather has decided to throw a wrench at them.    This doesn’t stop our program.   On we go.

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