Me & My Guy Rafting Adventure

Friday, September 7 through Sunday, September 9, 2018
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Every year on the weekend after Labor Day, GSHNJ takes over Whitewater Challengers in Weatherly, PA. Hundreds of Brownies through Ambassadors spend the weekend with their favorite guys, and this year there’s room for you, too! $85 per person gets you two nights of camping, four meals, rafting, and on-site activities like crafts, outdoor skill building, archery, and more...

Choose Your Own Adventure

The weekend is chock full of fun things to do—you choose what’s right for you!

The Base Package
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Friday night you can hang out at your campsite, join in the popcorn bar, and check out the movie offering in the dining pavilion.

Saturday morning features the highlight of the weekend: a three to four-hour rafting trip down the scenic Lehigh River. A great introduction to whitewater rafting, the class I-II rapids are fun for first-timers and veterans alike. You’ll enjoy real rapids, test your paddling skills, and even get to jump out and take a swim. [See photos]

The rafting trip is appropriate for everyone aged 7 years and up. Trained guides accompany each rafting group, provide safety oversight, and help distribute lunch along the river. A list of gear is included in your registration packet; wet suits can be rented onsite, and river shoes and other wet gear are available for purchase in the camp store.

For those more experienced in the ways of the river, we offer an opportunity for girls aged 14 and up to swap out rafting for a kayak clinic. Learn all you need to know to stay safe and have fun in an inflatable 2-person kayak "duckie," then put your skills to the test for a 3-hour trip down the river. The kayak clinic is limited to 30 total participants and increases your weekend package to $105 per person.

Once you return from the river on Saturday you’ll have the opportunity to brush up your outdoor skills like fire building, knot tying, edible plants, and survival first aid. Every year features new and exciting crafts to work on with your Guy. The volleyball courts, gem panning, geocaching, and paintball will be open, too. Archery returns this year for girls who are 10 years and older, along with the egg toss competitionAnyone wishing to participate in the egg toss must bring a non-perishable food item to donate to a local food bank. After dinner you can get up close and personal with wildlife at the nature program, get your groove on at the DJ dance, and enjoy s’mores at the group bonfire.

All meals on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday are included in your package. You are welcome to eat dinner on Friday before you arrive, or cook your own over your campsite fire. Breakfasts and dinner are served cafeteria-style in the dining pavilion; Saturday lunch is packed to travel with you, and is eaten riverside.

Add-on Activities
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But wait, there’s more!

Sunday morning is your opportunity to add on even more outdoor adventures! Everyone 10 years old and up can choose from a 10- or 23-mile bike ride along the stunning Lehigh Gorge, complete with sparkling whitewater, towering cliffs, pristine woodlands and spirited waterfalls. A shuttle takes you from the campground to the trail and back. Don’t want to pack your own bikes? Rental bikes and helmets are available.

  • 10 mile bike ride: $15 per person
  • 10 mike bike ride plus bike rental: $25 per person
  • 23 mile bike ride: $15 per person
  • 23 mile bike ride plus bike rental: $35 per person

Not up for biking but still looking for a Sunday activity? Register for the scenic Hickory Run Hike and spend the morning in nearby Hickory Run State Park. $10 per person includes the guided hike. You’ll provide your own transportation to the park and meet up with the guide there; open for all ages.

New this year is a historical adventure to nearby Eckley Miners' Village. See original homes, churches, and community buildings built in the 1850’s and learn all about the coal miners and their families who lived there. $20 per person includes a shuttle, a tour of the village, and free time to explore. Open for all ages.

Eating
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In addition to the included meals, we’ll have a complimentary popcorn bar on Friday night for anyone who has arrived by 8pm. Also, look for the ice cream social on Saturday night after dinner. Rafting Adventure veterans are encouraged to show off their t-shirts from past trips!

Whitewater Challengers also offers a snack bar that is open most of the weekend. The snack bar sells food options like hamburgers and fries, candy, chips, ice cream, and beverages.

Indicate any dietary restrictions/allergies during the registration process so accommodations can be made. Food containing nut and gluten products are prepared in the kitchen, and complete avoidance cannot be guaranteed. There is storage available for those with extreme sensitivities who wish to bring their own food.

Accommodations
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Spend two nights on the beautiful, full-service campground at Whitewater Challengers. Bring your own tent, rent tents, rent a bunkhouse, bring your r/v or pop-up, or stay off-site. If you’re coming with lots of friends, you can request to have your campsites adjoin or to share bunkhouses.

  • All rental tents are set up and taken down by the campground staff. 
  • Rental tents fit 4-6 people plus gear; $45 for the weekend.
  • Bunkhouses have four wooden bunk beds that hold a total of 8 people per house; $80 for the weekend. Be sure to bring a sleeping pad as mattresses are not provided!
  • R/V and pop-up parking spots are $40 for the weekend and do not include hookups.
  • There are plenty of moderately priced hotels nearby for those who don’t want to camp.

All campsites include a fire ring and picnic table. Firewood and other supplies can be purchased in the camp store.

The campground features bathrooms with flush toilets, a bathhouse with hot showers, and bathrooms with composting toilets. For those of you not ready to totally disconnect for the weekend, there are charging stations available onsite and free wi-fi.

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Questions? Please contact Roxie Zeek at 973-842-4243.

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