Boys & Girls Entering Grades 9-12 | July 3-10, 2021
Operation Ohipyle is an exciting week of varied activities including rapelling, backpacking, caving, and white water rafting. "Trekkers" will spend most of their week in the Ohiopyle region of southwest Pennsylvania with adult leaders trained specifically to lead our Wilderness Adventure Treks.
This trip will feature rock climbing and rapelling at a rock face local to Susque, backpacking for three days on the Laurel Highlands Trail, an afternoon of cave exploration, and a day of white water rafting. 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.
Operation Ohiopyle 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.
Operation Ohiopyle Highlights:
- Whitewater rafting
- Rock climbing and rapelling
- Chapels under the stars
- Hiking and backpacking
|Day 1||Arrive at Susque. Participate in teambuilding games, learn backcountry camping skills, swim test, devotions areound a campfire.|
|Day 2||Attend Sunday morning chapel in Chapel in the Pines at camp. Leave camp late morning for "Fern Gulley," a local rock climbing area for climbing and rapelling. Cook lunch and dinner over a fire and return to camp to pack backpacks and evening chapel.|
|Day 3||Leave camp early in the morning and drive out to Laurel Highlands Trail in southwest PA. Put on packs and hike ~1/2 mile in the afternoon to first campsite for dinner, chapel, and campfire conversation.|
|Day 4||Eat a hearty breakfast and step off for a day of hiking. Nearly 12 miles to go today! Tonight will be spent at a second campsite on the trail.|
|Day 5||Last day of hiking. 6.5 morning miles will take the Trekkers into Ohiopyle State Park. In the afternoon, cool off in a local swimming hole.|
|Day 6||After a more relaxed start to the morning, trekkers will drive to Laurel Cavern to explore the lower, undeveloped, regions of the cave with a professional guide.|
|Day 7||Rafting day!! Today will be spent on the water rafting the Lower Youghiogheny river navigating through class II to IV rapids assisted by professional rafting guides. After lunch on the river and the last few rapids, Trekkers will load up the vehicles and return to camp by mid evening.|
|Day 8||Attend the Closing Chapel and depart from Susque for a good rest well earned.|
|Sample Daily Schedule|
|7:30||Pack-up the campsite|
|12:00||Lunch on the trail|
|3:00||Arrive at site|