PEAK program facilities are robust and host a variety of activities and events. From high ropes courses to kayaks and canoes to mountain bikes and backpacks, the PEAK Program for Leadership, Education and Adventure is well-suited to facilitate groups, large and small, in team building and leadership development events and backcountry training programs, excursions and expeditions.
Adventure Base Camp (ABC) regularly hosts team building and leadership development events. The area contains an open field for large group games, a large shelter with picnic tables and storage, a series of initiative events for team building activities, and two high ropes courses for individual challenge and leadership development. ABC also contains a storage shed for nearly two dozen mountain bikes, and a shaded and grassy space for tents, a “nest” for hammocks, and a group campfire area, all of which make it possible to host overnight events.
The Odyssey course is a high ropes course designed specifically for small group team building and includes 6 different elements that foster cooperation, physical and emotional challenge, and empathy. Click here for a photo album of the Odyssey Course in action!
The Alpine Tower is a 50-foot climbing structure that includes three basic climbing routes and dozens of initiatives that promote individual challenge and healthy risk-taking. Click here for a photo album of the Alpine Tower in action!
The Giant Swing oﬀers an exciting pendulum swing from a height of 30 feet. Click here for a photo album of the Giant Swing in action!
The initiative area at ABC includes over a dozen diﬀerent initiative elements that promote a set of critical skills for small groups. Toxic Waste, Traﬃc Jam, the Whale Watch, the Wall, the 3-D Spider Web, the Ring Thing, Chicken Run, the King’s Finger, Trollies and others give life to opportunities for communication, cooperation, trust and decision-making. Click here for a photo album of the Initiative Activities in action!
The Climber’s Hut is a large shelter with a series of picnic tables and benches that serves as a staging area for events at ABC as well as a site for celebrations and group get-togethers. The Climber’s Hut also houses and enclosed storage area for all ropes course gear and items related to the initiative elements.
ENO Nest and Campsite
This area hosts space, or a “nest,” for over three dozen ENO hammocks as well as a site for dozens of tents, and a campfire ring with benches for group events around a campfire.
The Bike shed houses over a dozen mountain bikes and biking helmets that are loaned to students for trail biking activities and events in outdoor education classes and after school programs.
This unique venue hosts paddling, fishing and activities related to aquatic ecology. A deck and connecting dock allow for small groups to gather near and on the water; a ramp allows for easy canoe and kayak entry into the pond; and, the boathouse and nearby boat racks house paddling and fishing gear and dozens of boats including canoes, sit-on-top, whitewater and touring kayaks, and stand up paddle boards. Scout groups may find the facilities available at the Heathwood pond useful in completing merit badge requirements. Click here for a photo album of the elements available at the pond and boathouse in action!
A one-acre pond is home to healthy populations of bass, bream and other aquatic life. The pond also serves as a venue for paddling instruction, training, and informal boating activities.
Deck, Dock and Boat Ramp
A railed deck, complete with benches and situated in a shady area on the shore of the pond, serves as an outdoor classroom for aquatic ecology classes or paddling instruction. A dock oﬀers space “on the water” for fishing or observation. A boat ramp provides a clean entry into the pond for kayaks, canoes and paddle boards.
The boathouse oﬀers sheltered space for PEAK to store whitewater kayaks, touring kayaks and paddle boards, and to park a cargo trailer, two kayak/canoe trailers, a john boat and pick-up truck. The boathouse also provides inside storage space for paddling and fishing gear including paddles, PFDs, spray skirts, dry bags, rescue gear, fishing rods and tackle. In addition, six enclosed changing rooms are available for paddlers.
PEAK oﬀers paddling programs and events that use canoes, whitewater, touring and sit-on-top kayaks, and stand-up paddle boards. Programs often begin at the Heathwood pond and move to local waterways including the Saluda and Congaree Rivers as well as a variety of backcountry paddling venues in the low country of SC and the mountains of NC.
The Weston Cabin sits at the trailhead for the Anne T. Weston Trail which encircles the campus. The cabin also marks the staring point for an Orienteering course, houses a wide variety of natural history items, and serves as storage for an archery range which is situated on the field behind the cabin. Scout groups may find activities available at the Weston Trailhead Cabin useful in completing merit badge requirements. Click here for a photo album of the elements available at the Weston Cabin in action!
Weston Trailhead Cabin
The Weston Trailhead Cabin houses a variety of items including arrow heads, pottery shards, animal bones, and nature ID cards and provides an exciting remote classroom location for students studying aspects of environmental science and natural history.
Anne T. Weston Trail
The Weston Trail is a 1.5 mile trail encircles the campus and oﬀers a variety of environmental stations and activities, including state-of-the-art ID stations that allow students to gain detailed information online about the local flora and fauna. The Weston Trail can also be used for mountain biking and running.
Students learn to shoot Olympic-style archery with Genesis bows at targets located at competition distances. Students may access the range through Outdoor Ed classes, the Heathwood Archery team, and PEAK after school or community programs.
PStudents learn to read a compass and measure strides, take a bearing, and plot a course as a variety of routes are available and designed to sharpen navigational skills. Students also learn about famous explorers during the process.
This area houses oﬃces for the Director and Associate Director of the PEAK Program as well as a functioning classroom area complete with access to technology. Camping and backpacking equipment and other critical program supplies are also stored in the classroom. The lower gym houses a 25-foot climbing/bouldering wall.
A 25-foot climbing and bouldering wall that supports four distinct climbs and a rappel platform is housed in the lower gym. The climbing wall oﬀers a nice alternative to the high ropes courses.
The PEAK classroom oﬀers an air conditioned space with access to classroom activities, a DVD player, the internet, and a sound system for instruction or entertainment. The classroom also houses gear needed for camping and backpacking including maps, tents, packs, sleeping bags and pads, camp stoves and other necessary items. A large staging area outside the classroom also oﬀers ample space to set up tents, clean gear, oﬀer instruction and other activities.