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2015 Camp Information

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  • Loudoun County Session 4  : Register Here
    July 27 through August 7 (Monday-Friday) 
    Harper Park Middle School, 701 Potomac Station Drive Leesburg, VA 20176  

Apply Online Here!

Download the application for Albemarle County (June 15-26) HERE.
Download the application for Loudoun County, (July 6-17, July 13-24, July 20-31, July 27-August 7) HERE.

Loudoun County

Due to the increasing popularity of our program in Loudoun, we will be offering four sessions in the summer of 2015. The cost for each is student $750.

  • Session 1  : This session is now full.  To sign up for the waitlist, click here.
    July 6 through July 17 (Monday-Friday) 
    Smart's Mill Middle School
    850 North King Street
    Leesburg, VA 20176 
  • Session 2  : This session is now full.  To sign up for the waitlist, click here.
    July 13 through July 24 (Monday-Friday) 
    Harper Park Middle School
    701 Potomac Station Drive
    Leesburg, VA 20176  
  • Session 3  : This session is now full.  To sign up for the waitlist, click here.
    July 20 through July 31 (Monday-Friday) 
    Smart's Mill Middle School
    850 North King Street 
    Leesburg, VA 20176 

Scholarship Information

If you are interested in applying for a scholarship to one of the four Loudoun County Extreme  Journey sessions, please contact our camp director for information:  

Extreme Journey Loudoun County Camp

Albemarle County

The cost for the Albemarle County Extreme Journey is $725 per student.

  • Session 1  : This session is now full.  To sign up for the waitlist, click here.
    June 15 through June 26 (Monday-Friday)
    Jackson P. Burley Middle School
    901 Rose Hill Drive 
    Charlottesville, VA 22903

Scholarship Information:

If you are interested in applying for a scholarship to the Albemarle County Extreme  Journey, please contact our camp director for information:

Extreme Journey Albemarle  County Camp

About Extreme  Journey Camp

Campers will canoe on the Potomac River and will make historical  documentaries at camp.

The Extreme  Journey Through Hallowed Ground Summer Camp, the cornerstone of JTHG Partnership’s educational programs, is open to rising 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. In this remarkable adventure, students spend two weeks uncovering “the mysteries of history, through espionage.”

Developed to achieve the highest level of student engagement, the program positions campers as “members of the JTHG Intelligence Agency.” As they arrive the first day, they are handed a “Top Secret” briefing document, which provides them access to their Secret Agent Briefing binder. Their mission is to uncover the lessons of leadership found in what is now The Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area, but first they must decipher the hieroglyphics code on the cover of their binder to unlock their unique identity.

Using primary source documents, campers assume the identities of citizens who made history within our National Heritage Area, face the same situations they confronted and then decide, “What would I  have done?”


Extreme  "Top Secret" Mission Activities

Campers hiking in Antietam

Extreme  Journey campers are given the unforgettable opportunity to complete a variety of activities. These may include the chance to:

  • Canoe the Potomac or James River to investigate Native American culture
  • Cycle Gettysburg National Military Park
  • March Across Antietam National Battlefield
  • Tube Antietam Creek
  • Hike Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
  • Bike the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Towpath
  • Trek Through the Woods to Theodore Roosevelt’s Secluded Pine Knot Retreat
  • Explore Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Estate
  • Participate in an Archeological Dig at James Madison’s Montpelier
  • Practice Agriculture at the Country’s First Ever Preserved and Interpreted Freedman’s Cabin
  • Discover Their Local History with Visits to Several Significant Sites

Armed with iPad minis, digital video cameras, Mac computers, and iMovie software, our agents are charged with producing their own vodcast, or mini-documentary, in which they answer the question, “What does leadership mean to me?”


Extreme  Documentary Filmmaking

Students will learn the documentary filmmaking skills.

After each site visit, students spend a full day in the “studio,” the computer lab of a local school, where our instructors work with them to teach the skills of documentary filmmaking: how to use primary source documents, how to write a script in order to tell a story, how to position your equipment to get the right shot, how to reflect on what you have learned and use that knowledge to deliver a message, how to work with sound effects and include music to enhance a scene, and finally, how to put everything together using movie-making software, In groups of three or four, our agents immediately apply this newfound wisdom in the creation of their documentaries.

Once completed, our agents celebrate their achievement on the final day of camp with a World Premiere of their vodcasts. This event is open to the public. Families and friends of the campers are especially encouraged to attend. The vodcasts will also be incorporated into the JTHG website and on YouTube where they will be made available for international viewing.

To view the vodcasts created by our 2014 campers, please click here.

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