New River Gorge Experience

Boys & Girls Entering Grades 9-12 | July 1-8, 2017

Out of our three high-school-age Wilderness Trips, the New River Gorge is the most diverse. Campers will head down to West Virigina and experience adventure in the world-renowed New River Gorge! The week-long trip is led by experienced Susque staff members trained specifically in leading Wilderness Trips.

The Trip contains peak events such as rock climbing, backpacking, and white water rafting on the New River, home to some of the best whitewater in the United States. The Trip also contains intentional quiet times sitting around the fire, enjoying meals, and discussing life and God in chapel. Responsibility is a key theme to our Wilderness Trips. To further this goal, campers shoulder the bulk of the daily chores, meal preparation, setting up and tearing down camp, as well as leading chapels and developing discussion questions.

The New River Gorge will test and stretch campers' concepts of community, awareness, restoration, perseverance, and discipline, with the goal of helping them develop life-long skills to make a difference in the world for Christ. 

New River Gorge Highlights:

  • Whitewater rafting
  • Rock climbing
  • Breathtaking vistas overlooking the New River Gorge
  • Chapels under the stars
  • Hiking and backpacking

If this is the first time you are sending a camper to camp or you have any questions, please read our FAQ for Wilderness Trips and don't hesitate to give us a call (570-998-2151) or email us a question (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). We look forward to working with you to make sure the trip experience is safe, fun, and successful!

Projected Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive at Susque. Participate in teambuilding games, do a shake-down, eat dinner, pack the vehicles, and go to bed early.
Day 2 Early wake-up and drive to the New River Gorge! Set up at the 1st campsite and learn the basics of shelter building, water filtering, and stove use. Eat Susque Stew and participate in your first Chapel.
Day 3 Pack up and drive to the top of the Gorge. Hike out and view one of the highest suspension bridges in the world. You'll use various modes of transportation to travel the Gorge and stop along the way for breathtaking views! Arrive at and set up camp alongside the New River.
Day 4 Eat a hearty breakfast and step off for a day of hiking along the New River. Enjoy lunch on the trail and finish your day by hiking to the top of the Gorge. Back on top, settle in, cook dinner, and participate in a round of "Hotseat" and Chapel.
Day 5 Meet the outfitter right after breakfast and head out for a full day of climbing the rocks of the Gorge. Rappel and climb in the morning. Stop for a lunch provided by the outfitter and head for a different set of cliffs for the afternoon! Finish up with a hearty dinner and an evening of games and leadership activities.
Day 6 Load onto the bus, PFDs and paddles in hand, as you head to tackle the whitewater of the New River! Hop into a raft with the team and begin an epic journey down the Gorge. Speed through rapids rated as high as Class 5. Stop at a private beach for a BBQ cookout lunch and then get back on the river. Make a stop at Jump Rock and take the plunge before finishing out the day.
Day 7 Wake up and drive back to Camp Susque. Arrive back in the mid-afternoon. Clean up and prepare for one final Chapel together as a Wilderness Trip team.
Day 8 Attend the Closing Chapel and depart from Susque for a good rest well earned.
Sample Daily Schedule
7:00 Wake-up/Quiet Time
7:30 Pack-up the campsite
8:00 Breakfast
8:30 Rapel/Climb
12:00 Lunch
12:30 Rapel/Climb @ new spot
3:00 Arrive at site
4:00 Leadership activities
5:30 Dinner
7:00 Chapel
8:00 Hotseat
10:00 Bedtime
"You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being." Revelation 4:11