A rare opportunity for you to slip away from the hecticness of life, unplug from a digital world and get refreshed in the simplicity of God’s creation. This exclusive event is limited to 30 people.

June is a special time to be in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. This year we will be hiking the Appalachian Trail, kayaking The Upper James River, and sleeping out under the stars.

You will discover new skills, push beyond boundaries, make new friends and create epic memories for years to come. Here is what you can expect:


You will acquire and develop your understanding of practical skills vital to thriving in natural environments and provide the physiological necessities for human life. These include foraging, water sourcing & purification, fire-craft, camp-craft, backwoods gear, natural navigation & trail-craft, butchering, smoking meat, backcountry & trail cooking.


Anything can happen in the wild. You will gain skills and learn techniques that will save and preserve life. These include the essentials of hiking and wilderness exploring, land navigation & map skills, emergent volunteers, search & rescue ground search, wilderness medicine, healthy living, proper nutrition & hydration.


This will be a journey of the heart as we take you deep into the  Blue Ridge Mountains, traverse the Appalachian Trail, and navigate the Upper James River by kayak. Participants will overnight camp on the AT, and you will have the opportunity for trail outreach, cook some amazing food, tell stories around the campfire and sleep under the stars.

June 6-12 (see registration for more details)
CRI Mission Base
2494 Camp Jaycee
Road, Blue Ridge, Virginia 24064

What Does it Cost?


Participants are required to pay in full or make a non-refundable deposit of $99 to reserve a spot.

Balance is due upon arrival to participate.

What’s included

Airport pick-up and drop-off – Meals and bunkhouse lodging at CRI Base Camp – Meals, camping fees, and activities fees on the trail – All training described above – 2021 Week In the Wild T-shirt.


We are looking forward to having you join us at Week In The Wild! It is going to a whole new level of fun and adventure! Remember, you will be on the trail for three days and hiking at about 2000 feet. We ask that participants come in decent physical shape. Take a few longer walks with inclines to build yourself up for the event. WE WILL BE DOING GEAR DROPS ON THE TRAIL SO YOU DO NOT HAVE TO CARRY EVERYTHING. Please come with your hiking shoes well broken in to avoid discomfort on the trail. Registration is open to ages 16 and over but must be accompanied by an adult. All participants MUST be able to swim as this is a requirement with the kayak outfitter.

Mandatory Packing List

  • Tent or Hammock
  • Sleeping Bag / Mat
  • Sturdy Hiking Shoes
  • All Personal Medications
  • Water-Proof Sunscreen
  • Water Bottle or Hydration Pack w/ Filtration
  • Headlamp
  • Protein Bars & Snacks for the trail
  • A backpack that above items will fit into @ a weight you can carry for extended periods.

Other suggested packing items will be sent after registration.