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JTHG Extreme Journey Camps

2017 Registration opening for Loudoun sessions in mid-March.

We are offering four camps in Loudoun County this summer.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer the Extreme Journey Summer Camp in Albemarle County in 2017.

See what participants have to say about the program


2017 Camp Information

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Loudoun County

The cost of the Loudoun County Extreme  Journey Camp is $800 per student for return campers, and $895 for new campers. 

We are happy to announce our new partnership with Loudoun County Parks, Recreation, and Community Services!

Registration will be handled through Loudoun County Parks and Recreation.

Check back for instructions once registration opens.

Be sure to choose the set of dates that correspond to the session for which you wish to register. 

  • Session 1 Registration Opening Soon!
    July 10 through July 21 (Monday-Friday) 
    Smart's Mill Middle School
    850 North King Street 
    Leesburg, VA 20176 
  • Session 2 :  Registration Opening Soon!
    July 17 through July 28 (Monday-Friday) 
    Harper Park Middle School
    701 Potomac Station Drive 
    Leesburg, VA 20176 
  • Session 3Registration Opening Soon!
    July 24 through August 4 (Monday-Friday) 
    Smart's Mill Middle School
    850 North King Street 
    Leesburg, VA 20176 
  • Session 4Registration Opening Soon!
    July 31 through August 11 (Monday-Friday) 
    Harper Park Middle School
    701 Potomac Station Drive 
    Leesburg, VA 20176 

Scholarship Information

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

For more information please download our flyer or Loudoun agenda.

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About Extreme  Journey Camp


Open to rising 6th, 7th and 8th grade students, the Extreme  Journey Summer Camp is the cornerstone of JTHG Partnership’s educational programs.  In this remarkable adventure, students spend two weeks uncovering “the mysteries of history, through espionage.”  They are led by trained guides, skilled park rangers, and impassioned historians on authentic experiences through the region known as Where America Happened™, The Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area from Gettysburg to Monticello. 

Extreme  Journey participants are introduced to more than just names and dates related to historical events. Instead, they hike, bike, tube, and canoe through historic sites and receive the unique chance to investigate many critical decisions faced by past leaders at the very same locations where they were originally faced.  By sharing the experiences of the men and women who built this country and shaped its ideals, campers develop their own perspectives on our nation’s history while using digital multimedia tools to document their own unique Extreme  Journey. The video chronicles they create will be edited into mini-movies, or vodcasts, that offer personal reflections on how past leadership lessons can be applied in our lives today.  


Extreme  "Top Secret" Mission Activities

Campers hiking in Antietam

Extreme  Journey campers complete a variety of activities. These may include the unforgettable opportunity 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 or 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 Nearby 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 new-found 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 camp graduates, please click here.

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