Chappell Bauknight, 22, is a resident of Spartanburg, SC, and just recently graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South where he majored in Natural Resources. Chappell was a very involved student at Sewanee, where he served as president of the SportsmansÍ House and the DuckÍs Unlimited club, while also volunteering as a leader during SewaneeÍs Pre-Orientation program. Growing up, Chappell always enjoyed spending his time outside in any capacity. He is an avid hunter, hiker, and fisherman. Growing up as a Boy Scout, Chappell earned the rank of Eagle Scout through years of dedicated service. He attended Camp Rockmont for multiple summers and eventually spent a summer as a Moondance student on our Yosemite trip in the summer of 2013. Chappell grew tremendously under the leadership of his leaders and had an amazing time there. He has since waited to apply and we are so excited to have him leading our Big Wild trip this summer!
Eleanor Smith, 21, joins the Moondance family as a first-year leader from Nashville, Tennessee. Eleanor is a seasoned Moondancer, having participated on our Rainier and Northern Lights trips! Like her leaders were for her, Eleanor is thrilled to be an enabler of growth for the teenagers on her trips. She remembers fondly the memories and relationships formed on her trips, and just how special they are to her still today. Her own experiences, combined with a fiery passion to change kids’ lives, are pushing Eleanor to dedicate her summer towards the development of our Moondance students. Eleanor is a fourth year at the University of Virginia, where she is pursuing a degree in Arts Administration, Music, and Management/Marketing. In Charlottesville, she works for the McIntire Department of Music as an Advertising Intern. She is also taking full advantage of the beautiful blue ridge mountains through hiking, fly fishing, and photography. Welcome, Eleanor, to the Big Wild trip!
July 16, 2019
Hi Big Wild Families!
All students have arrived in Jackson and the group is headed to their campsite for the night! We are so excited for them to begin their adventure!
First times stay with you forever, and our discovery trips will give you an unforgettable introduction to outdoor adventure. For those with an appetite for the wild, or those who have never slept beneath the stars, these multi-sport adventures will introduce you to a lifetime of exploration.
Some of the wildest and most wondrous destinations can open your eyes to the greatness of giving back. Our service trips are designed to take you off the beaten path with a purpose. Immerse yourself in a deeper version of adventure travel, by making a positive impact on the communities and environments you visit.
Leadership trips are crafted to hone your expedition skills in the most rugged, challenging and beautiful terrain we offer. One part wilderness immersion, one part leadership curriculum, these adventures are designed for those looking to increase their skills in the wild and in the world. Bring out your most confident and competent self on one of our Leadership trips.
Roll the dice, stir the pot, and take the risk. Sign up for our Mystery Trip and see what magic unfolds. You can’t go wrong; but you can surprise yourself with where you’ll go. This year we are offering a special trip designed for alumni students that features the greatness of a Moondance trip with the element of surprise.
There are still spaces available on this trip! Get in touch with us if you are interested in this trip, as availability can change quickly.
We have limited availability on this trip. If you’re interested in a spot on this date and session, please call the office as soon as possible to learn more.
While this trip is currently full, we are accepting applications for a waitlist. Please complete our online application to ensure your spot on the waitlist. We’ll call you to discuss options once we receive it.
We place limiting factors on students from the same school or hometown. We also strive for equally balanced co-ed groups. These factors may be relevant.Enroll