Summer Youth Camps...and More!

Leave the pressures and busy-ness of your world behind. Brave new challenges, experience fun and adventure, reorder priorities, cultivate friendships, make great memories. From elementary school, through teen years and college - family, church, school, or company - the perfect escape.

Something for Everyone

kids splashing in river

Summer camp for ages 7 through college ... fun, adventure, new friends, amazing worship, challenging Bible-based teaching, beautiful mountain setting ... for the best summer ever!

youth group cheering

Youth leaders...check out the amazing impact of Adventure Quest camps

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summer staff opportunities

College students...
Invest your summer
benefit for a lifetime!

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teen leadership programs

Grades 9-12...
2-4 week summer programs

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footbridge over Doe River

Churches, businesses, families
enjoy a retreat in the Smokies

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What's happening at The Gorge...

Horses donated

two horsesAndrew and his son, Asher "join the herd" more...

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Brother's Keeper guests

the climbing towerA local organization, Brother's Keeper, spent a day with 11 students riding horses, learning about unusual animals, taking a train ride into the gorge, and climbing the tower. more...

Welcome Art and Donna Pearce

Art and Donna PearceArt and Donna have historical connections with Doe River Gorge dating back to before summer camps began in 1995. They have been involved in Christian camping as well as Habitat for Humanity. Since moving back into the area have joined the full-time team, Donna as Guest Services Director, and Art as special project volunteer.

Donation Given to DRG

receiving donation from Modern Woodmen of AmericaThank you, Modern Woodmen of America, for the generous donation of $2,500.  Pictured are: Chuck Lyle, DRG board member, Sonja Broyles and Donna Bear of Modern Woodmen, and  Terry Maughon, DRG president.  We're grateful to Modern Woodmen for their commitment to investing in their local community.

Sand Donated

truck dumping sand for beachA big thanks to Feldspar Corp of Spruce Pine, NC, for the generous donation of sand for the beach and volleyball court. Feldspar Corp has provided sand donations since the original lake construction in 1993. more...

Jeff Smythe accepts new position

Jeff SmytheAfter 19 years of serving as Program Services Director, Jeff Smythe has moved to serve as the Family Life Pastor at Redeemer Community Church in Johnson City, TN. His transition will take effect August 10. Jeff will be greatly missed.

church group workday at DRG
Johnson City Church Group Workday

Grace Fellowship Church of Johnson City, TN came with a wonderful group of 32 volunteers to help accomplish several important grounds maintenance projects...spraying sealer on the new blob deck, pressure washing walls and patios, spreading mulch in activity areas, lakeside weeding, road and walkway drainage, and more. (more photos)

blob deck construction
New Blob Deck

Progress is complete on the new blob deck and back in use for the opening of Adventure Quest camps. Thanks to John Smith, local contractor and long-time friend and supporter of Doe River Gorge, for his help. Thanks also to Craig Young and Chris Little of Prosim Engineering, LLC for the engineering plans for the project. (more photos)

new passenger railcar
Railcars Arrive from Oklahoma

Two sightseeing passenger railcars will replace the aged-out wooded cars that have been in use for 17 years. Click here for story in the Johnson City Press. (more photos and video)

Depot floor tile project
New Depot Flooring

The Depot functions as the Outfitters Gift Shop as well as kitchen and serving area making it the most-used facility. A new ceramic floor has been installed that will serve for many years to come.