Expedition Camp - YMCA Camp Silver Beach | YMCA of South Hampton Roads
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Take adventure to the next level! Expedition campers ages 13–16 will spend their week learning to live out of a tent and backpack, cook their own food, and enjoy adventures in the outdoors. In addition to outdoor skills, expedition trips help campers develop resiliency, problem solving skills, and independence all while having a great time.

We have three exciting adventures from which to choose. Campers are offsite for most of the week before spending their final night back at CSB. For each trip Camp Silver Beach provides all the necessary gear and equipment. CSB will provide campers a specific packing list for their particular trip a few months before their expedition.

Campers will be under the supervision of two wilderness first-aid-trained counselors over the age of 21. Climbing and boating segments of the trip will be run by professional outfitters. Campers will learn Leave No Trace principles for sanitation in the backcountry. Please note that each trip will include backcountry segments with primitive or no modern bathroom/shower access.  

Rock and Raft
June 25–July 1 • 4–6 miles a day
The New River Gorge in West Virginia provides many opportunities for outdoor adventure including hiking, climbing and white water rafting. Each day will be a different adventure as campers get to sample much of what the area has to offer. This is a great trip for campers who want to push themselves and want to try several different activities.

Coastal Trek
July 2–8 • 2–3 miles a day
Campers will spend the week mastering basic backpacking skills, sea kayaking and completing a short backpacking trip. The week will start at camp where they will learn the basics of backpacking. They will then use their skills on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. This area has lots of flat easy trails allowing campers to focus on using their skills and the opportunity to spend a day sea kayaking on the back bays. Campers looking to learn outdoor skills or get an introduction to outdoor adventure will enjoy this trip.

Blue Ridge Hike
July 9–15 • 6–9 miles a day
Campers will complete a week long hiking trip in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southern Virginia covering 25–30 miles in total. After leaving CSB, campers will be in the back country testing their skills at primitive sites for the week. Under the guidance of our staff, campers will push themselves and, in the process, gain a new appreciation for the natural beauty surrounding their excursion. As each day draws to an end, campers will have the opportunity to enjoy the star-filled sky before going to bed.

The YMCA of South Hampton Roads is dedicated to putting Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.