Sept. 5, 2018, 12:06 p.m.

Summer Adventure for Southmountain!

The children and staff of the Foster Community have had a very exciting summer. They spent the first summer outing zip lining on the Beanstalk Journey course, thanks to the generosity of Mike Fischesser and our generous host Jo Alberts.  For the next trip, they went to Hidden Creek Park, where they rode the water slide, swam in the pool, canoed, played shuffleboard and were treated to free slushies during the afternoon thunderstorm. Next, they went to Kool Park in Hickory, where everyone found challenges to meet their thrill-seeking needs and face their personal fears. Some kids splashed down the water slide, others learned to dive off the side of the pool, and our bravest youth (and staff) launched fifteen-plus feet off the high dive tower!

Children and staff also enjoyed swimming, playing putt-putt, and tubing at Steele Creek Park. For another trip, they attended Defy Hickory's Trampoline Park, where they bounced, sweated, and pretended they were Olympians for a couple of hours. Other trips included Mountain Paradise in Marion, then a Southmountain-wide excursion to the Doe River Gorge in Tennessee.

Our kids have had so much fun this summer, experiencing new adventures, growing in their own personal competencies and interests, and building lifelong friendships with other kids and our fun-loving Southmountain staff. These trips sure make our community feel like family. Thanks to all who make it possible!