" The Adventure Buffet
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE ACTIVITIES:
Note: Activities may need to be changed or altered based on
unforeseen circumstances. Activities offered are weather dependent. For the
safety of the participants activities may need to be cancelled or
altered in the event of heavy rain, high winds, lightening,
wet surfaces (for rock climbing), or
other conditions that could compromise safety.
Rhode Island boasts some of the most popular surfing spots in
the Northeast and we will be learning at one of the best in
are supplied with a clean and fitted wetsuit, a surfing rash
guard, and a surfboard for their ability level and size. A
professional Eastern Surfing Association qualified surf
instructor will guide you and your group through the steps of
surfing. Learn how to paddle out through the surf, balance, site the
best waves, catch a wave, move from a lying to a standing
position, and position the board in the wave as it breaks.
Alton Jones has hundreds of acres of trees just
waiting to be climbed! Tree
is a recreational “on rope” activity consisting of
ascending from the base to the crown of a tree.
Use of a rope and harness
ensure the safety of the climber. Tree
climbing employs a mixture of techniques and gear derived from
and caving. Our specially certified tree climbers will set
up a climb in one or two trees near the Teen Expeditions base
wear helmets, eye protection, and gloves and are tied into a
self belaying rope system.
You can go as high as you feel comfortable by pulling
yourself up through the branches or by using the self-belaying
device on the rope until you are looking through the branches
at the world below!
Learn how to use your hands and feet to balance and support
your weight as you safely
climb to the top of a natural rock cliff.
Rock climbing is a physically and mentally demanding
sport, one that often tests a climber's strength, endurance,
agility, and balance along with his or her mental control. It
requires knowledge of proper climbing techniques as well as
how to use specialized equipment.
You will learn the basics of rock climbing and safety
before setting out to scale a prominent 50 foot cliff of clean
white quartzite in nearby Connecticut.
Participants wear helmets and are tied to a safety
the basics of canoeing at Lake Eisenhower on the Alton Jones
Campus. You will learn the important parts of a canoe,
how to board, different paddling strokes, and canoe safety.
Then enjoy a paddle around the lake to check out all the
coves and inlets and end with a swim.
Kayakers will use small covered solo boats with double bladed
about the parts of a kayak, how to get in and out, and
practice kayaking techniques including paddling techniques,
self-rescue, and wet exits in the waters of Lake Eisenhower at
Alton Jones. Then
we will enjoy a paddle around the lake to check out all the
coves and inlets and end with a swim.
Learn the basic skills needed for touring coastal waters.
current, wind and swell—it’s all a part of kayaking by the
sea. You’ll apply your skills in protected coastal dynamic environments of
open water and tidal currents. Not
only will you learn to deal with these conditions, but
you’ll also discover how to make various water features and
wind work for you to make paddling more efficient and fun. The
skills covered will include basic strokes, equipment, safety
procedures, body to boat relationship, bracing, rescues, and
Experience Rhode Island at it's best! Explore
Narragansett Bay as you sail out of Newport on an introductory
experiential sail onboard a twenty-two foot sloop rigged
keelboat. Three or four participants will sail with an
instructor who will provide a hands-on opportunity to get a
basic exposure to the sport of sailing. For safety this
event will be cancelled in heavy rain, lightening, or if there
is not enough wind.
Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park is a granite quarry
turned water park-on-steroids. Activities include
swimming, rock climbing, cliff-jumping, and zip lining.
Swimming areas include rope swings, floating trampolines,
water volleyball courts, icebergs, and launchers. Just
relax in the water or get your adrenaline pumping as you jump
off cliffs ranging in height from 5 to 30 feet. There
are 12 zip lines including side by side 1000 foot racing zips,
lightening speed dry-landing zips and wet and wild zip lines
into the water.
Hike to Stepstone Falls,
the Magnificent Mile Hike or Another Unique Location
a hike on wooded trails through some of Rhode Island's
picturesque inland preserves. The Magnificent Mile's
forested valleys dip between rugged bedrock ridges leading to
a vista of Long Pond from a rocky cliff. Stepstone
Falls, in the
14,000-acre Arcadia Management Area, drops 25 feet
over about 100 feet of distance getting its name from a
series of large granite 3-4 foot “steps” that the river cascades
over. When the water level is high enough there are wide curtains of water that
perfect place to cool off on a warm day.
Enjoy a cool swim in the lake on a hot summer day.
The Alton Jones Campus has a sandy freshwater swimming
beach located on the shore of 75-acre Lake Eisenhower.
It consists of a 75 foot wide swim area with roped off
shallow and deep ends and a floating dock anchored at the
farthest point out with a maximum depth of about ten feet. The beach has picnic tables, port-o-jons, and changing
are on duty during all swimming and boating activities.
The pristine lake shore with no visible buildings
provides a peaceful place to enjoy a refreshing swim.
Play an exciting evening game of Laser Tag in a large open
field! Laser tag
is a team activity where players attempt to eliminate members
of an opposing team using a hand-held infrared-emitting
targeting device to tag targets worn by each team member.
When a team member’s infrared-sensitive target is
tagged from a laser gun’s beam it lights up indicating that
they are out of the game. At Alton Jones we play laser tag in a grassy field at dusk or
after dark. Large
soft inflatable blocks and tubes serve as hiding places.
Playing requires strategy, stealth, patience, and
game ends when the members of one team are all tagged out.