GEAR UP SWV Adventure Camp wraps up

Twenty-seven rising seventh and eighth grade students from Raleigh and Summers County explored Southern West Virginia during the GEAR UP SWV Adventure Camp hosted by New River Community and Technical College in June.

Adventure Camp activities included mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing/repelling, playing laser tag, visiting ACE Waterpark, completing a Timber Trek course at Adventures on the Gorge, going on a Wild Cave tour at Lost World Caverns, participating in STEM activities and learning about college opportunities at New River CTC.

“Our region has a lot of amazing outdoor activities, along with career opportunities that middle students may not be aware of,” said GEAR UP SWV Coordinator Tammy Mills. “The Adventure Camp gave us the opportunity to explore our area together and for students to learn about career and training opportunities.”

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a federal grant program designed to increase the number of students who are prepared to enter and succeed in college after high school. New River CTC is in the GEAR UP Southern West Virginia partnership with Concord University, community organizations, business partners and schools in Raleigh, Mercer, Monroe, Summers, and Wyoming Counties. The one-time grant award began in September 2022 and will continue through August 2029.

For information on GEAR UP SWV, contact Mills at 304-929-5471 or

For more information about programs offered at New River CTC, visit, email or call 866-349-3739.