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Great Camp Feb 17, 2010
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Deep Woods was established in the 1970’s and has just recently finished its 40th year. Through its years it has housed three generations of my family, so I’ve been hearing stories about Deep Woods my entire life. My initial introduction came from my two uncles; both were campers and enjoyed it so much that they became counselors as well. Their stories were so impressive that my grandmother joined Deep Woods as a cook, and spent 14 years with the camp. I came into camp at the age of 14 with some familiarity of the outdoors. But those adventures were nothing compared to what Deep Woods has to offer. Everyday was a new experience, a new challenge, and an unbelievable time. Camp activities include hiking in the Pisgah National Forest, rafting on the Nantahala and Pigeon rivers, white water canoeing down the Tuckasegee, tubing the Green river, climbing on local rock faces (including Ranger rock, Looking Glass, Rumbling Bald, and Cedar rock), mountain biking in DuPont State Forest (a location known nationally for its biking trails), and exploring cave systems found locally and in Tennessee. In a single session the camp also provides at least four backpacking trips, with one trip exploring Bear Lake and its surrounding rivers. The final backpacking trip is a week along the Appalachian Trail. This is a tradition of Deep Woods and it provides the capstone event. As you can tell by the description, Deep Woods activities are fast moving. There are no “in camp days”. A slow day at Deep Woods could be tubing down a river or sliding down a couple of waterfalls. This is the appeal of the camp and why campers return. When we are at camp (which is before and after the day’s activity) we stay entertained with our private lake, the zip line, rope swing, table tennis, board games, and the daily night game. I have been attending Deep Woods for 10 years, four as a camper and six as a counselor. My two cousins have attended, and my younger brother will be returning this summer for his second year. The many challenges and opportunities offered at Deep Woods instill in a teenager confidence and self-esteem. They create a passion for the outdoors and the skills needed to confront a situation boldly and courageously. It provided me guidance through my teenage years and instilled a desire to explore nature. The many experiences I had at camp have become a key aspect of who I am today.

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