2017 Explorer Chick Wild: Travel Guide

Pumped and ready to embark right now? We thought so!

In the meantime, check out the information below to help your Wild experience run smoothly.


Explorer Chick Wild is going down at the Ace Adventure Resort from June 9-12, 2017


1 Concho Road.

Minden, WV 25879

Check-in: Friday, June 9, 2017 beginning at 10 am.

Check out: June 12, 2017 at 10 am.

Explorer Chick will officially kick off the weekend Friday at 6pm with our Welcome Dinner and keynote speaker, Stacey Kozel.

We will officially close the event Sunday afternoon with a final meal together at 2pm. Sunday night camping is included in your registration, but we realize some Explorer Chicks will need to head home in the afternoon for work on Monday.

Traveling by air: 

The closest major airport is Yeager Airport in Charleston, WV (CRW). Ace Adventure Resort is located approximately 56 miles and just over an hour from the airport.


Camping: Mountaintop camping at the exclusive Explorer Chick Camp is included in your Wild Pass. It is car camping style so you can drive right up to your spot. Pack your tents and all of your favorite camping essentials to set up your pop up home among your newest friends.

Below are several more options beyond bringing your gear and pitching a tent. Each can be added to your event registration.

Tent and Slumber Rentals: Flying in and don’t want to check your gear? Don’t yet own camping gear? Then rent it! When you register for your Wild Pass you will be able to add a tent rental and a slumber rental to your ticket. Your tent will be set up at the Explorer Chick Camp and assigned when you arrive. Rates are for all three nights and details are below:

Tent $30 – A 4 person tent with four 1″ sleeping pads.

Slumber Package $15 – One sleeping bag and pillow.

Cabins: If you want to camp like a queen in one of Ace’s cabins, contact Ace directly. Ask for Agnes and mention you are an Explorer Chick. 800-787-3982. You will still need to register for the event for full access to Explorer Chick Wild.

RV’s and Campers: ACE has limited number of spaces available for RV’s and Campers. To reserve a RV spot, please book directly with ACE. Ask for Agnes and mention you are an Explorer Chick. 800-787-3982. You will still need to register for the event for full access to Explorer Chick Wild.


Because food is at the forefront of all Explorer Chick’s minds!

Your Wild Pass includes 4 meals: Friday dinner, Saturday lunch and dinner, Sunday late lunch. For the rest of the weekend, your options are endless!

Pack your food: Yep! We’re camping so pack your camp stove, burner, and cooler to cook your favorite fireside meals. There are no grills at the campsite, so plan accordingly! Ice can be purchased at ACE’s Welcome Center.

Ace Adventure Resort: Ace has 3 restaurants and grills conveniently located on their property.

Local eateries: There are great local eateries located outside of the resort properties. Our favorites include Pies & Pints and Vandal’s Kitchen.

Fuel for your Adventures: However you intend to satiate your appetite at meal time, remember to pack snacks and fuel for your adventures! Trail mix, bars, Gu’s. However you fuel, pack it so you don’t bonk mid-adventure.

Grocery Stores: There are major grocery stores including Kroger and Walmart just 15 minutes from Ace Adventure Resort if you need to stock up.


Gear List

What in the world do you need to bring to Explorer Chick Wild? Here’s a list to get you started!

  • Camping gear
    • Tent
    • Sleeping bag, pad, and pillow
    • Cookware – Stove, pots, plate, utensils
    • Water
    • Food
  • ID
  • Day Pack
  • Foldable Chair
  • Refillable water bottle or hydration pack
  • Fuel for your adventures
  • Personal clothing
  • Hiking boots/Trail shoes/Gym shoes
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Rain gear – jacket, poncho, etc
  • Toiletries – Shampoo, soap, bath towel, personal medications, etc
  • Headlamp
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Bug spray
  • Camera
  • Your inner Wild Woman

For Whitewater Rafting:

  • Swimsuit and shorts (No towels!)
  • Sun block
  • River shoes or sandals with straps
  • Cotton is not recommended!
  • Leave behind your jewelry and wallets!

*Please refer to Ace Adventure Resort for any adventure specific gear required.