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FITCH ADVENTURES

a Premier Adventure Tripping Program of the YMCA

Cost should not be the reason a child cannot attend adventure trips through Camp Fitch YMCA.  Click here for Financial Assistance.

2023 Trip of the Year is during Week 5 of Summer Camp (July 9-15). Check out all three variations of Grayson Highlands!

SUMMER TRIPS

SUMMER TRIPS

Week long trips that coincide with our traditional camp weeks.  For Ages 10-17.

WEEKEND TRIPS

WEEKEND TRIPS

Trips to reconnect with friends made during the summer or prepare yourself for a week-long summer trip!

CREATE-YOUR-OWN

CREATE-YOUR-OWN

Family Trips, Contract Groups, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Native Sons and Daughters, etc.

APPALACHIAN TRAIL HIKING

APPALACHIAN TRAIL HIKING

Plan an AT hike section by section with our trusted guides.

Take a Road Trip!

Teen Adventure Trips are designed for those campers who want to explore more.  They are where friends become best friends.  Trips can feel refreshing like water from a class IV rapid hitting you in the face!  Whether it is backpacking, paddling, caving, or climbing- there is a new adventure out there for your child to discover.  Trip dates and descriptions are listed below.

OUR UPCOMING TRIPS

Camp Week Dates Trip Name Level
2-3 June 18-26 Northeast Beast 4
3 June 25-July 1 Lake Erie Legacy 1
3 June 25-July 1 Mountain Momma: Ultimate 3
3-4 June 29- July 8 Sweet Carolina 4
4 July 2-8 Mountain Momma 2
5 July 9-15 Grayson Highlands I 3
5 July 9-15 Grayson Highlands: Ultimate 3
5 July 9-15 Grayson Highlands: Supreme 4
6 July 16-22 Mountain Momma II 2
6 July 16-22 Mountain Momma: Ultimate II 3
6 July 16-22 Mountain Momma: Supreme 4
6 July 16-22 Mountain Momma: Junior 1
7 July 23-29 Jersey Journey 3
7 July 23-29 Mauch Chunk Madness 2
8 FC July 30- Aug 5 Mountain Momma III 2
8 FC July 30- Aug 5 Mountain Momma: Supreme III 4
9 ASC August 6-12 Grayson Highlands II 3
Feb. 10-12 Winter Ski Adventure W
April 14-16 Allegheny Backpacking W
August 25-27 SUP & Chill W

Ages Guide

Level 1 Trips (10 – 12)
Level 2 Trips (12 – 15)
Level 3 Trips (13 – 16)
Level 4 Trips (14 – 17)

Trip Levels Explained

Level 1 Trips  ($1,145)

  • Great for beginners
  • Camping in structures with a roof
  • Low Risk Adventures

Level 2 Trips  ($1,355)

  • Rivers move faster, climbs get higher.
  • Camp in same area entire week.

Level 3 Trips  ($1,565)

  • Taller mountains, longer rivers, deeper friendships.
  • Introduction of site-specific activities such as caving.
  • Taking down tents and setting them up in different locations every day.
  • Travel 1-2 hours every day.

Level 4 Trips  ($1,775)

  • Splash-tastic whitewater, OMG climbs, and Insane Mountain Views!
  •  Travel 1-2 hours every day of trip
  • Typically, longer than one week

Level I


Lake Erie Legacy
Explore local areas of Northwest Pennsylvania and Northeast Ohio and dive into history! Leave a lasting legacy as you adventure to areas nearby Camp Fitch YMCA. Day trips include ziplining and high rope
challenges, mountain biking, stand-up paddle boarding, sea kayaking, climbing on real rock, and whatever else time allows for! This trip is perfect for the beginner adventure trip camper as they will
stay on camp property and enjoy meals from our dining hall.

  • June 25- July 1

Mountain Momma: Junior
Taking the exciting Mountain Momma trip that is a major hit and only dialing down the amount of risk. On this level one version of Mountain Momma, campers will stay in tents that are above the ground and
have a tin roof over them. This glamping will take place at Ace Resort in West Virginia. Activities will include white water rafting the upper portion of the New River (Class III rapids), playing in a water park,
rock climbing, navigating a mud obstacle course, and enjoying several other local tourist favorites! Let us seek out new adventures and new friendships!

  • July 16-22

Level II


Mauch Chunk Madness:
Let the madness begin and visit the eastern woodlands near Jim Thorpe and Leighton, Pennsylvania. Camping in an area known as Mauch Chunk, meaning bear place in native culture, the trip will spend all
four nights at a campground near it and depart for day trips. Activities include stand-up paddle boarding on Mauch Chunk Lake, whitewater rafting the Lehigh River, and mountain biking a rail trail that connects
both towns. This trip is meant to be the sister trip to our popular Mountain Momma. The Jersey Journey trip will end their adventure in the same location- so perfect for siblings to meet up half way through the week!

  • July 23-29

Mountain Momma: Classic
This is the classic West Virginia trip that started all of this fun and built the foundation of what Fitch Adventures is today! Campers will be tent camping at ACE Adventure Resort in West Virginia where they
will experience two days of white water rafting on the New River, climbing in the Meadow River Gorge, and on the last day- walking underneath the New River Gorge Bridge on a historical tour. Ziplining and
playing in the lake at ACE will be evening programs. Note: 16 year old’s may enroll if attending the trip with a younger sibling.
Session 1: July 2-8
Session 2: July 16-22
Session 3: July 30- August 5

Level III


Grayson Highlands: Classic
Take Southwestern Virginia by storm and backpack in Grayson Highlands State Park where wild ponies await us! After seeing the sweet views, we will mountain bike the famous Virginia Creeper trail, explore a wild cave in Tennessee, and whitewater raft the lower portion of the New River in West Virginia. This trip has you constantly on the go and does not disappoint!

Session 1: July 9-15 (Week 5 Trip of the Year)
Session 2: August 6-12
Grayson Highlands: Ultimate 
Go back to Southwestern Virginia and see the Grayson Highlands via horseback instead of hiking! For this trip we eliminate the overnight backpacking portion of the classic trip, substituting it for the horses.
Don’t worry, mountain biking the Virginia Creeper Trail, rafting the New River and exploring Worley’s Cavern (but a different route) is still on the agenda.

  • July 9-15 (Week 5 Trip of the Year)

Jersey Journey
Travel to the Northwest corner of New Jersey where the black bears and bald eagles reign! This trip features day trips of hiking, canoeing, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, and mountain biking. Bonus
activities include visiting an ostrich farm, ziplining, and swimming in the southernmost U.S. glacial lake. Experience everything the Delaware Water Gap has to offer and more! If you are thinking about moving
up from a level two trip to a three, this would be the perfect one to test the waters!

  • July 23-29

Mountain Momma: Ultimate 
Take the Mountain Momma trip to the next level! The ultimate version of this trip substitutes in standup paddle boarding at Summersville Lake and horseback riding on the high ridges and takes out the
upper New River rafting and rock climbing. Don’t worry, rafting the lower New River, Bridge Walk, and ziplining are still a part of the schedule.
Session 1: June 25- July 1
Session 2: July 16-22

Level IV


Grayson Highlands: Supreme
Warning! This trip is for major whitewater enthusiasts! Yes, it is a variation of the Grayson Highlands trip, so it does feature one day of hiking amongst the wild ponies and longhorn cattle 5,000 feet up. After this, the trip mainly focuses on paddling skills with an overnight canoe trip on the New River in North Carolina (same day section Sweet Carolina does) and then travels up to West Virginia to raft the Gauley River with multiple class V rapids! This Grayson Highlands variation does not feature mountain biking or caving like the Classic and Ultimate versions do. Note: this is only for ages 15-17. *Minimum age to raft the summer Gauley is 15.
July 9-15 (Week 5 Trip of the Year)
Mountain Momma: Supreme
This freakishly, amazing New River Gorge experience continues where the normal Mountain Momma trip leaves off. Rafting the lower portion of the New River is one of the first activities, building to rafting the Gauley River at summer water levels at the end of the trip. Expect this to be the best whitewater experience in West Virginia! Other activities include rappelling in the gorge, enjoying the play lake with inflatables, and ziplining. Note: this is only for ages 15-17. *Minimum age to raft the summer Gauley is 15.
Session 1: July 16-22
Session 2: July 30- August 5
Northeast Beast:  
Join us on a wild, nine-day experience as we travel throughout the Northeastern United States. The first phase of the trip features backpacking, electronic biking, and stand-up paddle boarding in Vermont’s
Green Mountains. The second phase involves rock climbing in Northern New Hampshire and two days of whitewater rafting in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. This is one beast of adventure! Feed
the Beast good vibes and it will reward with adventure.
June 18-26 (ends on a Monday)
Sweet Carolina:
Journey to the Piedmont region of North Carolina and do it all! This ten-day action-packed trip is perfect for teenage thrill-seekers. Phase one of the trip will feature teambuilding and caving near Bluff City,
Tennessee. Phase two drops us off in the Pisgah National Forest for a two-day backpacking trip to visit large swimming holes and wash off the cave mud. The Pisgah will be the most remote part of the trip.
Phase three takes us up to the North Carolina-Virginia border to canoe and kayak, hitting the first class III rapid on the New River. To end, phase four will take us to Pilot Mountain to climb and back up to
West Virginia to whitewater raft and zipline before making our way back to Pennsylvania.
June 29- July 8 (starts on a Thursday)

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