09 October 2014

Members of the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program prepare for their first go on the zip line course Sept. 11 in Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia. (Photo provided by BOSS)
BOSS Participates in Outdoor Adventures

Members of the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program participated in whitewater rafting and a zip line canopy tour Sept. 11 in Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia.

The trip provided service members the opportunity to participate in group activities with peers from both the Fort Detrick community and surrounding areas.

“Zip lining was very fun and very nerve-wracking, but you get over your fears as you go along,” said Pfc. Shantavia Simmons of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.

The zip line canopy tour included 15 adventure events, including eight zip lines from 200 to 800 feet in length, four belayed tandem ladder climbs, two sky bridges, seven 65-foot tree towers and a 25-foot rappel from the final platform.

The BOSS members also enjoyed a two and a half hour guided rafting trip battling the raging waters of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers.

The BOSS program was created to improve the overall quality of life for single and unaccompanied Soldiers while providing assistance in identifying and planning recreational and leisure activities.

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