Extreme Journey Day Camp

The Extreme Journey Camp is an innovative, award-winning summer camp where middle school students canoe, bike and walk in the footsteps of the great leaders from this region that came before them. During their exploration, students create short videos that they write, direct, film and star in answering the question, “what does leadership mean to you?”

Dates & Tuition

Adventure Open To: Rising 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Students

Download the 2019 Flyer.

2019 dates:

  • Session 1: July 8 – July 19, Smart’s Mill Middle School
  • Session 2: July 15 – July 26, Harper Park Middle School
  • Session 3: July 22 – August 2, Smart’s Mill Middle School

Tuition is $895 for new students, $800 for returning students.

This price partially covers charges for bus transportation, park admission, guided tours, bike and canoe rentals, snacks, and use of cutting-edge filmmaking equipment. The remaining costs are underwritten by the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership.


Registration for the Extreme Journey Camp is handled through the Loudoun County Parks and Recreation WebTrac system.  To sign up, please follow these steps:

  • Visit http://www.loudoun.gov/webtrac
  • You will need to set up an account or use an existing one.
  • Click on “Activities”, which will drop you down to the bottom of the page where you will need to select, “Search.”
  • In the box for “Keyword Search” enter “Extreme.”
  • Be sure to choose the set of dates that correspond to the session for which you wish to register.
  • Should you experience any trouble in using the system, please call the Parks and Rec office at (703) 771-5913 to register by phone.

For additional information regarding Extreme Camp registration, contact Blaine Horton, Camp Director, at Blaine@jthg.org, or call (540) 882-4929.

Programs & Activities

Your Mission: This summer, become a spy in the “Journey Intelligence Agency” to reveal the mysteries of history! You will assume the identities of those who lived here before us, face the same problems they faced, and then decide: What does leadership mean to me?

This two-week day camp offers a unique chance to:

  • Canoe the Potomac River
  • Cycle Gettysburg National Military Park
  • Hike Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
  • Explore Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Estate
  • Bike Down the C&O Canal Towpath
  • Discover Local History with Specialized Tours Arranged by the Mosby Heritage Area Association, The Marshall House, and Oatlands Estate and Gardens
  • March Across Antietam National Battlefield
  • Tube Antietam Creek
  • Develop Teambuilding Skills on the Zipline and Challenge Course at Camp Highroad
  • Use iPad Minis and iMovie Software to Create a Film about the Meaning of Leadership

All under the guidance of expert interpreters who will lead hands-on cultural, recreational, and creative activities.

Now in its 11th year, this program is offered by the Journey Through Hallowed Ground, a non-profit organization dedicated to civically engaging students of every age in our shared heritage, in partnership with Loudoun County Public Schools.