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PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — School is out for the summer. With the nice weather creeping in, why not put down the gadgets and enjoy the great outdoors?

Camp Kirkwood in Pender County is taking things to new heights with new hands-on features.

You can hear the chirping of birds and the rustling of the leaves.

“Kids come here to the camp, especially from the inner city, and this is the first time they have ever been out in nature,” Campsite Manager John Belden said.

Tucked away in the woods of Pender County, some say Camp Kirkwood is a hidden tressure.

“Normal day-to-day you don’t walk through a forest and see snakes,” camp counselor Jerry Morton said.

The camp was built in the 1950s, but within the last year the camp got a bit of an upgrade, including a high ropes course, Tom Sawyer boats, zip lining and a giant free-falling swing.

“Try new things. Do different things and come out of your comfort zone. That is what we are hoping for: kids to come out of their shells and become who they are,” camp counselor Kolton Teachey said.

And although these activties get your blood pumping, they say it is more than just a thrill. They teach team building.

Camp starts Monday but registration is open all summer.

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