Why Ascent

Why Ascent? Better question - why is Ascent more than a typical day or residential camp? To begin, we blend the best of both worlds, intro to adventure programs through day camp activities then add an overnight bonus to truly embrace experiential education. This all comes with personal attention and a great staff to participant ratio. Adam Burgess (founder) and Jessica Gilman (co-lead) provide consistent program quality and make sure every participant feels welcomed and part of a team. We are able to do this through our application process. Students apply for Ascent and are then chosen by May 19th to participate. Our comprehensive programs place emphasis on relationships, faith, hard skills around outdoor activities and having safe responsible fun. A great blend to introduce your child to outdoor education. Adam and Jessica strive to mentor and foster lifelong skills with our campers - not from a large company feel, rather a small personal feel. During day trips and overnights all around beautiful Virginia, campers will encounter joy, adventure, beauty, and fellowship. Ascent Outdoors Adventure Camp is an unparalleled wholesome experience, and its impact on your son/daughter will last forever. As Ascent grows, Adam plans to introduce new adventures every year leading students to experience the beauty beyond Richmond, let’s dream big!

-Sunrise pic from CHAT camping trip to False Cape. 2008

Why Ascent?

- Owned &  programs ran by Education Professionals

- (School Counselor & Exceptional Education Teacher).

- Focus on rising 6th-10th grades.

- Blend of day and camping experience.

- Great for intro and experienced adventure seeker.

- Explore faith through nature.