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Interested in taking your youth group Rock Climbing? Or going on a week long backpacking trip with a group of friends? Asbury University Adventure Programs offers a wide variety of professionally led Outdoor Recreation programs to the public.


These programs can be customized for anyone. This includes camp programs, youth groups, families, groups of friends, work groups, or individuals.


Programs can vary in length from single day trips to multi-day or week long trips. The program is customized completely to your needs, so you let us know how long you have and we will put a trip together for you!

Why go through us

Our professional and highly qualified staff can lead outdoor recreation trips anywhere. We can take care of every aspect of the program including planning, logistics and leading, as well as providing staff and equipment for all activities.

Our Rock Climbing and Rappelling trips will be led by our American Mountain Guides Association certified instructor. All of our staff have been through extensive training and have hundreds of hours of experience in the programs we offer. All staff have emergency care Certifications; either a Wilderness First Responder Certification or a CPR/AED and First Aid Certification from the American Red Cross.

Adventure Skills Instruction

Our program specializes in outdoor skills instruction, so we can not only help you plan and run your next outdoor adventure, but you will leave with a wealth of knowledge and experience for the future! In addition to teaching you valuable skills during your trip, we also offer one-on-one instruction in rock climbing, paddling, and other areas.  See details about upcoming AMGA CWI courses.

For scheduling, more information, and questions, please contact:

Trent Ellsworth
(859) 858-3511, x2491

Industry Trainings

Do you work in the recreation industry and are in need of training? We offer trainings for camps, schools, low ropes courses, and adventure programs. These trainings include:

  • Low ropes challenge course training for camp staff
  • Games and recreation training for any camp or school staff
  • Trainings on experiential education in the classroom
  • Adventure programming consultations
  • American Red Cross trainings in Lifeguarding, Emergency Medical Response, Babysitting, CPR/AED and First Aid

For scheduling, more information, and questions, please contact:

Varee Crank
Challenge Course Coordinater
(859) 858-3511, x2491

Outdoor Recreation Opportunities

Wilderness Advanced First Aid

Dates: August 23-26, 2019
Cost: $350
Location: On-campus

Taught by internationally credentialed Wilderness Medical Associates instructors, this course is perfect for anyone who wants to re-cert their WFR or just have an additional set of risk management tools in their belt for going outdoors. Contact Varee Crank for more information on how to register.


Fall Access + Adventure (Prospective student overnight adventure trip)

Dates: September 6-7, 2019
Location: Red River Gorge, Ky.

Fall Access + Adventure is for prospective Asburians who want to get out and see Kentucky.  An add on activity for Friday night after your visit. Talk to your admissions counselor if you have questions.


Friday the 13th Midnight Canoe Trip

Date: September 13, 2019
Cost: $10
Location: High Bridge, Ky.

Asbury Students and Friends are invited.   Honestly, it just worked out this way on the date thing, we aren’t planning anything spooky!  This is, however, a spring tradition that has been so popular that we are adding a fall option.  The cost will be $10 and details will be posted here on times and how to register as we get closer to the event.  Price includes food, fees, gear rental, and travel.


KR255 Paddle Race

Dates: September 16-21, 2019
Cost: $110

The KR255 is a paddle race on the Kentucky River starting in Beattyville, Kentucky where the main stem of the river begins, then winds over 255 miles across the state from eastern Kentucky to Carrolton, where the river flows into the mighty Ohio River. For more information and to register, visit


Lee County River Dash Paddle Race

Date: September 16, 2019
Cost: $30

The Lee County River Dash is a one day paddle race that traverses a portion of the beautiful Daniel Boone National Forest through Lee County. For more information and to register, visit


Frankfort to Fallis Kentucky River Marathon

Date: September 20, 2019
Cost: $40

The Frankfort to Fallis Kentucky River Marathon is perfect way to get a taste of long distance Kentucky River paddling if you can’t take the whole week off for the KR255. For more information and to register, visit


Carrollton Crush or Cruise

Date: September 21, 2019
Cost: $25

The Carrollton Crush or Cruise is a little paddle with big fun. For more information and to register, visit


Student Fall Cave Trip

Date: September 28, 2019
Cost: $17
Location: Pulaski, Ky.

Want to go explore a cave or two?  You go to college in Kentucky, and we have the best caves in the world.  This wild caving trip will have you crawling in mud, walking in water, and in general having a blast getting dirty and seeing some cool places.  No experience needed!  Watch this space for updates on registrations and times. Price includes food, fees, gear rental, and travel.


Fall Overnight Canoe Trip

Dates: October 5-6, 2019
Cost: $30
Location: Green River, Ky.

Join the Center for Adventure Leadership on the Green River through Mammoth Cave National Park for this awesome paddle. Participants will float through the most visited National Park in the country, and probably not see another soul (because everyone is underground). See Bald Eagles, camp by the water, swim all you want, and enjoy the paddling. Canoe camping trips are awesome, because you can take as much stuff as you want and you don’t have to carry it! Price includes food, fees, gear rental, and travel. More info here as time gets closer.


Fall Break Rock Climbing Trip

View of Red River Gorge

Dates: October 16-20, 2019
Cost: $125
Location: Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, Arkansas

One of our most popular spring break trips is happening for fall break as well this year.  Just ask, people will tell you it is well worth the money to go climb and hang out at Horseshoe.  Price includes food, travel costs, Horseshoe fees, Camping fees, shower fees, and equipment rental.  So it’s really a great deal!  Anyone who has ever wanted to try rock climbing but thought it looked hard should come on this trip, it will be a blast and the climbs are accessible to all!


Red River Gorge Rock Climbing Weekend

Dates: November 2-3, 2019
Cost: $25

Price includes food, fees, gear rental, and travel.  This one night trip to the RRG is our second rock climbing opportunity of the semester.  Though not as accessible as the climbing in Arkansas, the RRG is known the world over, so take the chance while its right down the road!


Fall Backpacking Trip

A camping tent in the woodsDates: November 22-24, 2019
Cost: $30
Location: Big South Fork, Tenn./Ky.

Price includes food, fees, gear rental, and travel.  Two nights of backpacking down on the Kentucky Tennessee State Line.  Great views, big woods, arches and cliffs are just a few of the sights you will see while walking through the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.  The trip will be moderate in difficulty for backpacking, but if you are new, it will feel strenuous, so challenge yourself, get out there and try it out!