From staff reports
Students from all over the country recently “wheeled” through Winston County on their trek from Charleston, SC to
San Diego, CA.
Students ages 15-18 are participating in an Apogee Adventure Camp that lasts approximately 6 weeks.
The group consists of 10 students and 2 group leaders. Averaging anywhere from 85-99 miles each day, students enjoy making new friends along with seeing some spectacular views of the United States.
Ally Bolger the group leader, who is 23, stated, “It’s basically an adventure camp on wheels.”
Hannah Barnstone is a participant who stated that she had been doing these adventure camps for awhile.
Barnstone stated, “It’s a great way to develop strong friendships.”
She added that the heat was one of the toughest challenges in Mississippi. She also pointed out that a dog had downed Bolger’s bike in Alabama leaving a major ‘road rash’ on the back of her arm.
But Barnstone, who has not even had a flat tire on such trips knows she will be doing mre trips in the future.
The group rests in churches or campgrounds each night and arise bright and early each morning.
Trip leaders are hand-selected from top colleges in the country and Apogee trains them.
Apogee groups never have more than twelve participants, balanced by gender and age, and they always have two leaders.
Some kids have lots of outdoor experience; some have none. What they all bring are open minds and adventurous spirits.
Apogee makes sure the fit is right by personally talking with two references for each student applicant. They want to create an experience where every student is able to find their niche and shine within a small group.
Community service is a hallmark of each and every Apogee adventure. Giving back makes the trips more well-rounded and better for everyone – better for the communities we serve and better for the students. The goal is to nurture generosity and community-mindedness in the students, and to plant the seeds for future stewardship.
Trip Start: 71 Broad Street, Charleston, SC 29401, USA• Trip End: 801 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101, USA• Age Range: 15 – 18.