Blue Ridge Institute Pre-Event Activities

July 28-30 , 2017

One of the most unique aspects of the Blue Ridge Institute is the planned group activities that encourage informal relationship building and lots of fun. The planned group activities are optional for Blue Ridgers.

Pre-Institute Whitewater Rafting Trip - July 28-30, 2017

The Pre-Institute Whitewater Rafting weekend has become a special tradition at BRI. Open to all Blue Ridgers and their families/guests age 12 and up, we’ll meet in Ocoee, Tennessee on Friday evening, July 28, then raft the Ocoee River on Saturday, July 29. The following day, Sunday, July 30, we’ll head in a caravan to Fall Creek Falls.

We share a couple of cabins (or you can get your own hotel room) for both nights and enjoy a weekend of good food, drink, and company.

Registration for this event is handled separately from regular BRI registration.  The deadline to register for the Pre-Institute Rafting Trip is March 10 and space in the cabins is very limited, so please REGISTER TODAY by emailing Eileen Coogan with the number of people in your party!  Pre-payment will be required –$100/person for the full day rafting trip and approximately $80-$100/person for two night’s lodging.

To preview the trip, go to If you’ve got any questions, contact Eileen Coogan.

Activities and Events Registrations

Almost all of our activities and events are open to everyone, and we encourage all registered guests to attend. Some require reservations—sign up and get more details at the BRI Registration Table at check-in.

You do not have to have transportation; many of us share rides to get to the activities that are in other areas of the park. You do not need to hike or boat as part of our scheduled activities—feel free to do what works for you.

Here are some of the activities currently scheduled for the 2017 Conference and require registration.

BRI Connecting Events
  • Tim, Corinne, & Julie Connecting
  • Team Building Activities
  • Connecting on the Dance Floor
  • Connecting Time
  • Connecting with Bar-B-Q