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FALL LONGHOUSES

YMCA CAMP THUNDERBIRD
Lake Wylie, SC
Open to 1st year tribes.
 
In the fall, YMCA Camp Thunderbird hosts first year tribes for Longhouse. First year tribes always remember this event. Activity rotations include: archery, BB guns, zip line, climbing wall, horses, canoeing, star lab, games and leather name necklace craft. At twilight, your Longhouse experience takes you through lit torches for induction into the Y-Guides program then a night of fireworks. Sleep in heated cabins with twin bunk beds and bathrooms. Enjoy Sunday morning breakfast, Chapel and more activities.

YMCA CAMP HARRISON
Boomer, NC
Open to all tribes.
 
With more than 2000 acres of woods, streams, and trails centered around a private 140-acre lake, YMCA Camp Harrison provides an ideal atmosphere for Longhouses. Located just 90 minutes from Charlotte in the Brushy Mountains between Lenoir and North Wilkesboro. Activities include: archery, riflery, aerial adventure with three zip lines, fishing, canoeing, horses, sports and crafts. Trailblazers may sign up for paint ball and skeet shooting. Heated cabins with bathrooms sleep twenty-two people in twin bunk beds. Small tribes may share a cabin with another tribe.

YMCA CAMP CHEERIO
Roaring Gap, NC
Open to all tribes.
 
Located on 135 acres high atop the Blue Ridge Mountains, YMCA Camp Cheerio amazes tribes with astonishing views of the valley below. Only a two hour drive from Charlotte. Activities include: climbing wall, archery, canoeing, BB guns, horses, crafts, disc golf, putt putt, fishing, hiking and games. Choose to hike Stone Mountain on your last day or stay for more activities. Stay in heated cabins with twin bunk beds and bathrooms.

YMCA CAMP CHEERIO ADVENTURES
Mouth of Wilson, VA
Open to Trailblazers and above (ages 8+).
 
This wilderness base camp, located on the New River, gives participants a challenging and memorable Longhouse experience. Sleep in cabins or platform tents with twin bunk beds; no heat or bathrooms. All participants use the central bath house. Camp also includes: dining hall, games, kid's maze house, waterslide and vespers area. Choose from three different adventures: caving, biking or canoeing. All trips take place rain or shine. Prepare for fall weather with rain gear, warmer clothing, appropriate footwear, etc. We may modify activities based on the weather, but we do not cancel.

Caving
Be prepared for some tight squeezes and crawls; there are no sidewalks or lights. If you have fears of being in small places, this is not for you. YMCA Camp Cheerio Adventures provides helmet, headlamp, guide and a true adventure into the subterranean world. 

You need to wear long sleeve shirts, long pants and closed toe shoes you do not mind getting really muddy. Bring a change of clothes for the trip back (including undergarments). A trash bag for dirty clothes is highly recommended. Bring a warm sleeping bag.

Biking the Virginia Creeper Trail
Spend a day biking down the beautiful Virginia countryside. Best of all, the entire trail travel is downhill and mostly in the shade which means it's cooler. Sundog Outfitters provides all bike rentals and equipment including helmets.

Wear appropriate riding apparel and closed toe shoes. Bring a backpack with water bottle, sunscreen and other supplies. YMCA Camp Cheerio provides bag lunch.

Canoeing
Have some fun on the New River with a guide traveling three to four miles down the River in a canoe with occasional class one and class two mild rapids. The rapids are just enough to keep the river interesting while still allowing plenty of time to float.

For the canoe trip, wear bathing suit and/or shorts that can get wet. Wear water shoes or old tennis shoes that will not come off in the water. Do not wear Crocs, flip flops and other water shoes that easily come off. Don't forget your water bottle.