Travel Program – Rising 8th & 9th Grade
“It is hard to find quality and fun programs for middle school aged children. After years of ‘traditional’ camp, my daughter wanted to do something different. The CNC Travel Program offered us a fresh and new approach to the summer camp program. My daughter loved traveling to different outdoor activities every day, her two favorite activities were caving and white water rafting.“
Mary Butler, mother of 9th grade Travel Program camper
Each 2 week session willl be packed full of both water and land adventures. Profecient (not expert) swimming skills are a must for Travel Program campers. Sample schedule coming soon.
Highlighted Activity: Caving at Raccoon Mountain Caverns
Our caving trek takes place at Raccoon Mountain Caverns in Chattanooga, Tennessee. On the 2-hour introductory expedition, campers will do some walking, some stoop walking, some crawling (nothing real small or too tight), and see beautiful fossils contained within the rock walls of the cave. Helmets, lights, pads, and gloves are provided; but, remember, wear clothes and shoes that can get muddy and trashed at the end.
Highlighted Activity: River Snorkeling at the Conasauga River
After a short orientation, campers plunge into the clear (and sometimes chilly) mountain water in search of fish. Campers generally see schools of sunfish, bass, and darters but the lucky ones spot the freshwater gar, an armored fish with a snout like a swordfish. The snorkeling destination is actually a unique ecological area, boasting over 60 unique species of fish. The activity is supervised by our counselors, one of whom is a Red Cross Certified Lifeguard.
How big are the groups?
Travel Program campers are signed up based on a 1:5 counselor-to-camper ratio. Groups generally have 10 campers and 2 counselors. In rare cases, we will increase the ratio to a maximum of 1:6.
What’s the average day like?
Travel Program trip hours are outlined in the weekly schedule received at least 1 week before your session date. The average day will last 8-9 hours, generally beginning at 9:00am. You may always drop off as early as 8:00am, and pick up as late as 6:15pm. In the event of a different start time, we will let you know in advance. If we will be late returning because of an activity going long, the counselor who is not driving (or your camper) will call each parent and let them know that we will be returning at a different time than indicated on the schedule.
Who are the counselors?
Travel Program counselors are experienced outdoor adventurers and experienced at working with teenage campers. Counselors must be at least 21 years of age and complete Camp Kingfisher’s 7 day staff training process. For more information, please visit our staff page.