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Ages 11-15  •  $1795 

  • Session 1:  June 23 – July 6
  • Session 2: July 9 – 23*
  • Session 3: July 31 – August 13 **

          *Note: session 2 is designed for campers who have already attended our Senior Program, or another similar experience. It is intellectually and physically more rigorous. 

           **Third Session includes the option of attending only the first week for the same price as one Junior Session. However, while the session still has spaces for 2-week participants, the one-week option is now waitlisted: we’ll consider reopening the option after April 1, 2019. If considering this option, even just to get on that waitlist, please first contact

Through a variety of guided activities, campers explore the area, habitats, and wildlife.  For 11-15 year olds, these two-week sessions provide a healthy combination of structure and freedom.


After a few mornings of introductory workshops in botany, zoology and earth science, campers pursue their strongest interest in the natural world through an individual project.  Projects, designed jointly with a staff member blend various aspects of field biology, outdoor skills and arts.


Each afternoon brings a new set of options including hikes, exploration, outdoor skills and arts.  The activities immerse campers in the natural world, tinged with the BCWS brand of lightheartedness and creativity.  Evenings offer yet more variety of small or whole group activities, including arts, folklore, games, evening or night walks, and sleep-outs.


Midway through the session, campers choose from a selection of one-night camping trips, and older campers can apply for a three-day backpacking trip in the Dolly Sods Wilderness of the Monongahela National Forest.

Second Session is designed specifically for teenagers ready for a more rigorous program. Experience at BCWS Senior Program – or somewhere similar – is recommended.  At this session, all campers participate in a three-day backpacking trip.IMG_9127

A typical Senior Program day is likely to follow this schedule:

7:00   Wake up bell

7:30   Breakfast

8:15   Clean-up

9:00   Morning Activity – workshops or project time

10:15 Snack

10:30 Morning Activity –workshops or project time

11:45 Free Time

12:00 Lunch

1:00   Rest

2:00   Swim (in the freshwater pond) / Free Time

3:00   Afternoon Choices – small groups

5:15   Reflections – time spent alone outside

6:00   Dinner

7:00   Free Time

7:45   Evening Program

9:30   Lights out