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A Little More About Us…
GO WEST!!! USA is not designed to correct "bad" behavior, but instead to be a haven of enthusiasm, respect, trust and responsibility.  Disrespectful behavior requiring extensive attention or breaking the law is not acceptable and will result in dismissal. Click here to download a copy of our Youth Application which clearly defines the boundaries of our program.

GO WEST!!! USA is not just a three week vacation for the teens who participate. They must demonstrate a willingness to work together, before and during the expedition.  They must participate in the fundraisers and  community service events. During the expeditions, the teens must (all chores are supervised and/or taught):

  • Fuel the Vehicles

  • Wash dishes

  • Setup/Break Camp

  • Wash Vehicle

  • Hike over 100 miles

  • Cook Meals

  • Check Tire Pressure

  • Change Motor Oil

  • Carry Firewood

  • Change Tires

  • and much more!

With an introduction to:

  • Astronomy

  •  Forestry

  • Orienteering

  • Guitar 101

  • Nature Photography

"Many of our teens here in Central PA have never even seen a starry moonlit night. "   
 - Rob

Our Expeditions are both physically and mentally challenging, but in the end we fully expect the experience to be one of the most rewarding in the lives of the teens who participate.


Saturday/ Sunday:  Dates To Be Announced

OK since I call you guys my “godkids” I want you to come on a two – day backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail. It’s a chance to get away from the computer, the basketball court and your cell phone so that you can experience the outdoors for a couple of days.



Harper’s Ferry Backpacking Trip -

We’ll begin our 10 mile/ two day “AT” hike at Gathland State Park  on Saturday at 11:30 and walk for approx. 3.6 miles to the Edward Garvey Shelter. For those who may not want to sleep in a tent, if we get there early enough you may be able to sleep in the shelter (it’s first come, first served).

The shelter does not have running water, it is a .4 mile hike to the nearest water source. There are also campsites near the shelter and the prive’.

More information will be available here or you can call (717)943-5414.


For more information on Harper’s Ferry, WV, Gathland State Park or the Appalachian Trail, click the links below.

Harpers’ Ferry, WV

Gathland State Park

Appalachian Trail

Please be sure and download the Emergency Contact Form.

Click here for your camping list.

Due to space limitations and the fact that there will already be people on the trail, we will only have to limit availability to 12 people. We only ask that you make a donation to GO WEST!!! USA so that we can continue offering our program to the youth of our area.

I want all of you to come so if you think you can make it,  please fill out the form below.

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