Jessica Lilly Published

Faith Based Adventure Camp Planned for Nicholas Co.


A faith based organization plans to develop land in West Virginia to create a youth camp. The New River Gorge Regional Development Authority made the announcement earlier this week.

Young Life, a non-denominational Christian organization, plans to build an adventure camp in Nicholas County close to Mt. Nebo.

The organization has 35 camps around the globe according to their website. In a release, Young Life’s state Director, Scott Berg, said it was the outdoor activities, and landscape that attracted the group to West Virginia.

The $35 million project will be completed in three phases.  Young Life hopes to complete phase one, which is creating a master plan, improving infrastructure, and building a base camp for small group adventure camping, within one year. Eventually Young Life plans to build a resort camp.

The entire camp will accommodate 25,000 youth  per year once complete.

The West Virginia Development Office, Nicholas County Commission and various business leaders support the project.

The New River Gorge Regional Development Authority Executive Director, Chad Wykle said the camp is a good fit to supplement “the adventure tourism exposure youth have with West Virginia through the Bechtel Summit Boy Scout Reserve, and will be a wonderful neighbor for the National Park Service.”

Young Life is hopeful that the camp will also improve the quality of life for the adolescents of West Virginia.