Appalachian Services is a family friendly support service. We encourage families to get their children involved in the outdoors whether it be hiking, camping, having a picnic in the park on a warm day, or simply observing nature in their own backyards. Our founder has spent his life in the outdoors going on camping and backpacking trips with his family and church groups, participating in the Boy Scouts of America™ from the Webelo stage thru Boy Scouts to what was originally called “Explorer Scout” (now a part of the “Venturing” program), then later serving as a Scout Master. He has also served in the U.S. military, U.S. Civil Defense, and as the Captain of a county search and rescue team which operated primarily in remote rural areas. Much of this knowledge has been passed on to our staff so we can all work with new campers and hikers, training them how to take care of themselves in wilderness settings (mentally and physically), establish proper campsites, and participate in “Leave No Trace“.
Because of our concern for family involvement in the outdoors, and the younger generations need to become acquainted with fun yet environmentally safe practices, we will begin posting articles regarding these things, and/or links to information about how to introduce children and older non-hiking family members to the outdoors, basics of family hiking/camping, and other related programs. Please help us in this effort by providing us with links you may come across which would be helpful in this endeavor.