CAEL Announces Residential, Travel Summer Camps

Michael White, Director of the Center for Adventure & Experiential Learning (CAEL) at Garrett College, has announced a schedule of new travel and residential camps to be offered this summer. He noted that each program is based on the CAEL mission of providing high-quality, adventure-based programming to individuals and organizations with a focus on educational objectives, team development, and personal enrichment through age-appropriate activities.

“Our staff members for these unique offerings are the industry's finest experts, trained at the Garrett College Adventuresports Institute, and employed by our regional partners. Each camp opportunity is designed to take advantage of the diverse natural resources of our region,” White said.

In the category of Travel Camps, the Mountain Adventure School will be offered twice, once for campers aged 14 – 17 and again for campers aged 10 -13. White explained that these programs will provide a co-ed, multi-day travel camp experience. Campers participate in outdoor adventure recreation and education in the wilderness settings of the central Appalachian Mountains. Activities include camping, whitewater rafting, flat-water kayaking, wilderness backpacking, mountain biking, and rock climbing. Education, diversity, and environmental awareness are key components of this summer camp. Campers will spend their first night in a residential hall on the campus of Garrett College. After being properly briefed on the upcoming events and participating in team-building exercises, the campers will depart for a seven-day journey that will take them to locations in Maryland, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. During their experience, campers will be taught backcountry living skills, Leave No Trace™ outdoor ethics, and practice teamwork.

The CAEL summer agenda also includes three residential camps: Western Maryland Leadership Academy,Robotics Adventure Camp with SuGo™ Science, and Water Water Everywhere. Campers will be housed in the Garrett College on-campus residential halls.

The Western Maryland Leadership Academy at Garrett College, open to campers 14 – 17 years of age, is a five-day, four-night camp program designed for high school students who want to develop their leadership skills while sampling college life. “This camp offers a great opportunity to build campers’ self- esteem and leadership skills. It also provides an excellent addition to a college application resume,” White noted.

Participants in this Leadership Academy will experience seminars by Garrett College faculty, staff, and students on topics such as student success. Guest speakers will include representatives of local government and business. There will be workshops on college applications, resume writing, leadership, group dynamics, journal writing, plus team building using the Garrett College Adventuresports Institute™ Challenge Course. Campers will also take trips to Garrett County’s State Parks for outdoor recreation and environmental awareness education and have use of Garrett College recreational facilities. All participants in the Leadership Academy will receive, at a closing awards ceremony, a Certificate of Completion and a letter of recommendation.

The Robotics Adventure Camp with SuGo™ Science co-ed residential camp is offered through a partnership between the Garrett Engineering and Robotics Society (GEARS Inc.) and CAEL and is open to campers 10 – 13 years old.

White explained that this camp will incorporate science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and Core Curriculum components through the use of robotics challenges utilizing the SuGo™ robotics platform. “Campers will also participate in traditional summer camp experiences such as swimming, hiking, canoeing, evening activities, campfires, and other adventure activities such as an indoor climbing wall and a ropes course,” he said.

Both residential and day-camp options are available for Water Water Everywhere which is offered for students in grades 6 - 9. For this camp program CAEL is partnered with the Garrett College Community Aquatic and Recreation Complex (CARC ). Campers will be taught how to survive in the wilderness, participate in rock climbing, build water rockets, and participate in a variety of water-themed adventure activities culminating with a trip to a local water park. Residential campers will also participate in a variety of traditional summer camp activities such as hiking, canoeing, fishing, and evening campfires.

More information on the CAEL summer camp programs is available on line at

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