EXTREME Journey Day Camps

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

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?

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

Now in its 16th 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 Parks and Recreation. This activity is not sponsored or endorsed by Loudoun County Public Schools.

Download the 2023 Extreme Journey Flyer

RETURNING Campers Registration: March 7th-10th

NEW Registration opens: March 14th

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

Session 1: July 10 through July 21 (Monday-Friday, Day Camp Only)
Smart’s Mill Middle School
850 North King Street, Leesburg, VA 20176

THEME: How do people and events tell a story?

This 2-week day camp offers a unique chance to:

March Across Antietam National Battlefield and Tube Antietam Creek

-Bike Gettysburg National Military Park

-Explore and Hike the Manassas Battlefield (NEW)

-Hike the Brandy Station Battlefield (NEW)

-Hike Balls Bluff Battlefield Regional Park

-Discover Local History at the Loudoun Museum and Mount Zion Church (NEW)

Monocacy National Battlefield (NEW)

Civil War Medicine Museum (NEW)

-Uncover “Stories in Stone” through a Scavenger Hunt at Mount Olivet Cemetery

-Team Building Event at Camp Highroad

– Explore the Historic Oatlands Estate & Gardens (NEW)


Session 2: July 24 through August 4 (Monday-Friday, Day Camp Only)
Brambleton Middle School
23070 Learning Circle, Ashburn, VA 20148

THEME: How do technological changes tell a story?

This 2 week day camp offers a unique chance to:

-Discover Local The Marshall House

-Canoe the Potomac River

-Explore Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Estate

-Bike the C&O Canal Towpath

-Explore James Madison’s Montpelier (NEW)

-March Across Antietam National Battlefield and Tube Antietam Creek

-Discover Local History at the Loudoun Freedom Center (NEW)

-Hike Harpers Ferry National Military Park

-Visit the museums in Orange & Fauquier Counties to learn about the cultural heritage of the Piedmont Region (NEW)

-Cold War Museum in Warrenton (NEW)

-Discover Local History at Aldie Mill (NEW)

-Explore Udvar Hazy Air & Space Museum (NEW)

-Team Building Event at Harpers Ferry Adventures (NEW)

Cost: $895 (Limited Scholarships Available)
*Special Rate Available for Returning Campers = $795*

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.

For additional information regarding camp registration contact Erik Sassak, Camp Director, at erik@jthg.org, call (703) 999-5928, or visit http://www.loudoun.gov/webtrac. Click “Camps” heading on the homepage, then type “Extreme” in the “Keyword Search” field.

Camp Offerings

This two-week day camp offers a unique chance to take a guided bike tour of Gettysburg National Military Park, canoe the Potomac and learn about John Brown at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, tube Antietam Creek, explore Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Estate, and make a short film about the meaning of Leadership, among many other exciting activities.

students seated, learning from a park ranger