New adventure camp challenges teens

By Chris Copeland

Adventure Camp“Teaching kids outdoor adventure skills connects them with nature and gives them incentive to be more active,” said Brett Deming, director of the Youth Learning Institute’s new Adventure Summer Camp. The 10-day wilderness excursion launched its first season this summer.

Made possible through a partnership with The Cliffs Communities, the camp for kids age 12 to 15 is located at Pinnacle Falls. The 100-acre property features a trout stream, 60-foot waterfall, game field and hiking trails with access to the Foothills Trail and Lake Jocassee.

The excursion involves backpacking, canoeing and mountain biking with a focus on wilderness safety and survival skills. “The adventures really challenged me to see what I could do,” said 14-year-old Weston Huggard, from Panama City, Florida.

His parents researched camps all over the U.S. before choosing Adventure Camp. After the closing ceremony, Lisa and Eric Huggard said, “We could tell he had a good time as soon as we saw him.”

For more information: Lori Gugan, 864-878-1041,; Brett Deming,, 864-650-4402; or