This morning at breakfast fresh Georgia peaches were served with the oatmeal, bagels, muffins and cold cereal. Campers and counselors who went to Smithgall Woods yesterday are rafting today, and students who were rafting yesterday are at Smithgall Woods today. The streams and river are clear and cool. We are all looking forward to the…

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Thursday Update from 9GOA: The weather was sunny and warm as the 9th graders and their counselors found critters in Duke’s Creek, hiked the Smithcreek Trail and whitewater rafted the Chattooga River. All are safe and sound at the campground this evening.

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All four buses arrived safely at Unicoi State Park this afternoon. Campers are enjoying Ranger Bob’s talk about Native Americans and a nacho dinner. Later in the evening we will look for foxfire at Anna Ruby Falls and listen to stories and scripture at the campfire.

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Parents of 9th Graders – The Freshman Orientation Adventure to Helen, Georgia is just a couple weeks away. Counselors and teachers are getting the gear assembled and making the final plans. The high water levels in the Chattooga River will certainly ensure exciting and memorable whitewater rafting adventures! I hope that your son or daughter…

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9GOA UPDATE 4:30 PM – Due to heavy traffic in the Atlanta area estimated time of arrival is now 8:30 at ESJ.

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Friday, 3 p.m. Update -Ranger Bob starts a fire by friction, to the amazement of students. Numerous critters were found and identified at Smithcreek Conservation Area. Deer have been spotted along the roadsides, but no bear to be seen. The senior skits were hilarious!

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‪Thursday – 7:00 p.m. – Rafting and hiking were great. All kids are off the trail and river safely. No problems. The campers are happily sharing stories over dinner and 25th anniversary cupcakes. ‬

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Thursday – 7:40 a.m. – Update from the Freshmen Orientation Adventure: The buses safely arrived on Wednesday. Students settled into their tents, wrote group contracts and enjoyed a nacho dinner. Ranger Bob demonstrated skills used by Native Americans hundreds of years ago. The day was topped off by a night hike to Anna Ruby Falls…

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This is the 25th Freshmen Orientation Adventure in Unicoi State Park in Georgia. The 9GOA team set up 36 tents at the park on Tuesday in anticipation of the students’ arrival this afternoon. The weather forecast is predicting lovely days and the water level in the Chattooga River will provide thrilling rides downstream.

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