NorthBay Middle School Week [June 28 – July 2, 2018]
Fourteen NPC’ers returned for the 3rd year to middle school camp at NorthBay on the Chesapeake. The trip included tubing, ropes courses, lots of swimming, a camp speaker, and “Cabin Time” discussions led by NPC leaders.
Appalachia Service Project [July 15 – 21, 2018]
Forty-five NPC’ers returned for our 5th year in a row (6th total) to work on home repair and community outreach with Appalachia Service Project. We were stationed in Sneedville, TN and six teams were employed at four different work sites. In general the yearly ASP trip continues to add a work-team every year, and this year represented the largest trip to date. ASP continues to be a highlight of yearly NPC youth rhythm. There were no accidents or insurance claims despite hot weather, power tools (no nail-guns), ladders, dogs, and ~1500 miles driven.
Beyond Malibu: Mountaineering/Backpacking [July 26-August 5]
Nine NPC’ers & three Beyond Malibu guides hiked the Mt. Zion route in British Columbia’s Jervis Inlet. Participants flew in/out of Vancouver and spent the week in the beautiful, rugged, and remote wilderness of the Coast Mountains. This is the 5th mountain trip NPC has done.
Beyond Malibu: Base Camp [August 5-8]
Carl Birge, Allison Harmon, and the Edwards family (Mark, Janine, Adeline, & Elias) spent the interim time between trips in Base Camp. Time was spent reading, cooking, working on tree removal, and swimming. NPC youth were supervised by Beyond Malibu staff and the Edwards.
Beyond Malibu: Sea Kayaking [August 8-16]
NPC took its first sea kayaking trip, paddling ~95 miles in the Jervis Inlet of coastal B.C.. The group enjoyed seals, purple starfish, bio-luminescent waters, bible studies, quiet-times, and the simplicity of life together amidst pristine nature.