SheVentures Camp Chattanooga. Tennessee. July. 2018.

Safe is a word our culture embraces and uncomfortable is a word we reject. We pursue only after we’ve calculated and assessed, planned and controlled. Spontaneity is traded for safety. Yet in the reckless abandon of pursuing the sometimes unsafe, lies the adventure that stretches our spirit and romances our soul. Countless stories of discovery and personal transformation can be connected by one element; the outdoors. Joy is discovered and life is renewed when we leave our safe spaces in exchange for the risk of the woods.

Women merit risky adventure. We’re some of our culture's strongest members birthing children, managing careers and caring for others and to keep our tenacity, means to keep our pursuit of adventure especially in the outdoors. It’s the one place we can’t conquer and the one place that woos us with unmatched beauty and the safety to be who we fully are.

Just say yes. Say yes to being uncomfortable. To trying new things. To letting the outdoors and other women renew your spirit. Say yes to the sweet transformation it brings.

Say yes to Risky Adventure

Hey Adventurer!

Welcome to SheVentures Camp located in the heart of Chattanooga, Tennessee. We hope and believe this weekend will be a time when the joy of adventure transforms your soul (yeah, we know that sounds super cheesy but it’s kinda true.)

This time is about connecting or re-connecting us to the strength outdoor adventure brings. It'll be scary. Anything new is. It'll also be empowering as your determination to overcome inspires more courage deep within. Even if we fail along the way. Pooping in the woods, climbing boulders or running up a big a** hill strip us of our comfort and prove we’re more capable than we can imagine.

It’s also about connecting with other women who can support our weekend and maybe even support our daily life adventures. We know deep friendships are forged in the midst of challenge and we’re confident we’ll find inspiration and encouragement from each other. (We’re also stoked about no mirrors, men or makeup.)

One of our hopes is you leave camp equipped to re-create the weekend on your own. We wanna give you everything necessary to venture out in the woods for a weekend of fun. From cooking to starting a fire you'll leave knowledgable about the basics of outdoor camping and adventuring!

In this handbook you’ll find our schedule for the weekend. As you plan your activities, stretch yourself. Do something you’ve never done and might never do without the support of other women cheering you on. If you have questions about gear don’t feel intimidated to ask. This is a safe space and none of us have this thing figured out.

We’ve also included a gear list. Bring as much of the stuff as you can pack as lightly as possible. You’ll be hiking in half a mile to your campsite. They’ll be no glamour shots or beauty contests. This weekend is about freedom.

Oh, and have fun. A lot of fun. A ton of fun. Seriously. We don’t take ourselves serious and you shouldn’t either. Risky adventure should be fun. If it’s not then it’s not worth doing.

Happy Trails!

FAQs

Food: Let’s start with the most important thing: food. We cook a lot for ourselves and others so let’s be honest, the idea of more cooking might not sound super fun. Which is cool because campfires, food and foil are a perfect trio. We’ll provide good food everyone will enjoy. Vegan, vegetarian, carnivores alike will love how we “fire” up some sweet meals.

Toilets: Poop in the woods? Sounds fun until it gets a little messy. While we’re keen to camp, some stuff just isn’t worth the fight. We'll have a few porta potties available. But there’s also plenty of woods, and we encourage bravery (and hand sanitizer.)

Showers: Yeah, after running in the woods or climbing boulders we stink. But we don’t have running water in the woods. No worries. We’ll have a couple of options. If it’s been a nice wet summer we’ll have some sweet rivers to bathe in. If it’s dry we’ll show you other options to ditching the nasty. Well, some of it.

Gear: Don’t have gear, never fear. That’s what this weekend is about. Your campsite host will contact you a few weeks before the big party and you’ll work together to cover your needs. While you’ll want to have your own personal gear like a sleeping bag, pillow and possibly your own toothbrush, we’ll help cover your big ticket items like a tent. And here’s the super amazing thing. We’ve got outdoor gurus who can help you find and buy anything you might want for your outdoor future. Consider them your personal adventure shoppers.

Sick, Wounded, Dying? We’ll have a medical crew on hand to make sure you get home.

Pumping Mammas: You’re always welcome at SheVentures Camp. Campsites don’t have electricity, but we’ll have a generator and small tent set aside for nursing moms who need to operate pumps. (However, it’s a pump-and-dump situation, unless you bring your own cooler.)

Location and Transportation: Base Camp is on 530 acres of wooded property atop infamous Suck Creek Mountain. Because it's forested, we can’t (don't want to) squeeze in millions of cars. (It’s private property and we gotta respect the land.) So try to carpool if ya can!

Technology: Life is full and loud and often complicated; SheVentures Camp isn’t. Our goal is to put ourselves in an environment to grow and stretch ourselves and this means giving up control of some of those things that give us comfort. You might have cell coverage on the mountain and you might not. You definitely won’t have access to wi-fi. Sorry. (Email and camping are oxymorons.) You’ll be in service at least once on Saturday for lunch so if you HAVE to connect with the rest of the world you’ll have a chance then.

Trash: We’re jerks about leave no trace. That means nothing. Nada. Not even your chewed gum. This land is beautiful and we wanna take care of it. Everything you bring in you gotta take back out. Poop in the woods? Yes, yes you do have to haul out yo wipes.

2018 Schedule

Friday July 27th

  • 3pm-5:30pm Check-in
  • Arrive, Unload and Meet Your Huddle
  • 6 pm Group Meeting
  • 6:30pm Set Up Camp: we'll have brilliant tent setter-uppers to help
  • 7 Build a Campfire
  • 8pm Eat
  • 9pm Group Time: The Ridiculousness of Being a Lady in the Woods

Saturday July 28th

  • 6:30 Up and Food!
  • 7:30am First Activity Session: trail run, mtn bike, rock climb, hike or paddle board. For beginners and geniuses alike.
  • 11:30 Everyone back to Base Camp
  • 12 Lunch and Hangout time
  • 2pm Second Adventure Session: same as the morning options
  • 5:30pm Dinner
  • 7pm Camp Fire Story Time: we'll celebrate our successes AND failures.
  • Talent Show. Sounds pretty awesome to us. Even if it's snot rockets.

Sunday

  • 6:30am sunrise run to Edwards Point
  • 8am Rock Climb, Hike, Yoga
  • 10:30 am Send-off brunch and mark the moment/next steps kinda thing.
  • 12 Done

Gear List

We're working with REI to come up with a better list for everyone, including links!

Tent (with stakes, footprint and mallet)

Sleeping bag

Sleeping pad

Lantern/ Flashlight

Headlamp

Pillow

Personal Stuff (toothbrush, toothpaste, contacts, soap, etc)

Beach Towel and Bathing towel and washcloth

Insect Repellent

Water Bottle (for camp and activities...we won’t have cups at base camp)

Coffee Mug

Folding Chair

Stuff for your activities (climbing gear, running gear, etc)

Trash Bags for yo trash.

We can't wait to enjoy an adventure with you!

Love,

Team SheVentures

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