For Parents

Frequently Asked Questions

How Are Trip Leaders Qualified?

Every trip comes with its own requirements for staff. At minimum, you can expect staff to carry a Wilderness First Responder, which is an advanced medical certification that deals specifically with the challenges of back country medicine including prevention and treatment while outside the reach of a medical facility.

Our Trip Leaders carry qualifications suited to the trip they are running, ranging from swift water rescue, to training from the American Canoe Association, combined with multiple years experience guiding in the field.

Safety is our number one concern while on trips, and we choose leaders who have proven skills managing the safety and well being of our participants so we can focus on fun, adventure, and environmental education.

What Will My Child Need on Trips?

Rising Appalachia has high quality gear we provide to participants. We will cover all the group gear such as tents, stoves, cooking pots, and more.

Participants need only bring the following:

  • Sleeping Bag
  • Appropriate Clothing
  • Appropriate Footwear
  • Personal Hygiene Products
  • Flashlight
  • Personal Utensils and Bowl for Meals

After registration, a more detailed list will be sent out prior to the trip.

Don't have an item? Don't worry. Let us know and we'll get the gear you need provided for you.

Can I Contact My Child During Trips?

Trips and Expeditions are Unplugged. Phones are expensive, and nature is unforgiving. During Trips and Expeditions we're looking to build on the sense of independence for our participants and teach them that life goes on away from the screen.

Trip Leaders will have phones on their person, though reception is not guaranteed, and to conserve battery for emergency situations phones will only be checked once per night. In an emergency, you can contact the On Call staff member announced via pre-trip email who will get in touch with trip leaders.

What if I Have More Questions?

Easy! We're a small organization, and that means we're easy to get a hold of. You can call our Executive Director at:


Or send an email to:

We're always happy to talk camp and hear your questions.