Ridge 2 River Camp

Activity Level: High Intensity and may include up to 10 miles of hiking a day and 10 miles of canoeing.  Students must know how to swim and be willing to carry upto 45 pounds in a backpack.

Who? All active FLOC students in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade during the 2018-2019 academic year.

Where? The FLOC Outdoor Education Center (OEC) located at 671 FLOC Way in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia (google maps link here?)

When? 12pm on Monday, July 15th– 1 pm on Friday, July 19th*

What? Named after the Appalachian National Scenic Trail that runs through the OEC’s backyard, this adventure based camp takes place mostly off site. Campers are outfitted for a week of backpacking and canoeing. They will spend the first two days/one night backpacking and tent camping, then the next two days/one night canoeing and tent camping. If your camper is excited for the full camp experience- exploring while carrying their own gear, helping set up and break down camp, having meals cooked over a camp stove, and seeing all of the awesome nature that West Virginia has to offer by trail and water-this camp is for them!

FLOC aims to empower our youth and we will not discourage campers with little or no camping experience from applying, but this camp isn’t ideal for campers who have never spent a night away from home. We encourage parents/guardians to take their camper’s personality and needs into consideration when applying. FLOC provides all outdoor gear: backpacking packs, sleeping bags, tents, food, and personal flotation devices (PFDs) for canoeing. Campers are asked to bring their own rain gear, flash lights, clothing and any medications they may require. You can find a complete Ridge to River packing list here.

If you have any questions about this camp or are unsure whether it will be a good fit for your camper, please don’t hesitate to contact our program coordinator, Deidra Goodwin, at either dgoodwin@floc.org or (304) 725 -0409.

*FLOC provides transportation for our DC students to and from the OEC and as such we will pick up students at FLOC’s headquarters at 9 am and will drop students off at 3:30 pm. We ask that our West Virginia families drop their campers off at the OEC. Once your student has been registered for camp, you will receive more detailed information about pick up/drop off times and locations.

Risk Management Statement: 

All adventure activities offered by FLOC are led by trained staff, following industry guidelines, and are subject to weather cancellations.  Our field team includes at least one staff member with advanced wilderness first aid skills and all other staff are American First Aid/CPR & AED certified.  All canoeing is done with an American Canoe Association certified staff member and all challenge course activities are led by trained and certified facilitators through Vestal Gap Ventures, LLC.  FLOC take all necessary steps to ensure the safety of all participants and maintains quarterly inspection reports.  All adventure activities will have a certain level of risk involved and participants should fully understand the risks of such activities.  FLOC’s Ridge to River Camp is a high intensive camp that includes hiking upto 10 miles a day and canoeing for upto 10 miles throughout the week.  Students may be asked to carry upto 45 pounds on the trail.  This camp is intended for students that would like a more intense experience in the outdoors. Students must know how to swim.


Age/Grade: Middle School Students

Weight: 45 lbs. to 300 lbs.

Height: Must be taller than 42 inches