2021 Summer Trips are Open for Enrollment!

Kids with backpacks on bridge

All trips are open to Kids ages 13-16 (Rising 8th – 10th graders)

Students will learn the fundamentals of backpacking including gear choice and gear management (like how to fit and pack your pack for optimal comfort), food preparation, Leave No Trace camping, self-care, group-care, communication and leadership skills. There will also be a strong emphasis on natural history and feeling at ease outside.

Local camping 
July 9-11

This is an excellent introduction to camping. We leave Friday afternoon and hike one flat, easy mile into a lovely shelter area with tent sites and a small stream nearby. Saturday we’ll hike up a local mountain (4 miles total), then a short hike back out Sunday. This trip is open to everyone but we strongly encourage those interested in the longer hikes to join us on for this introductory weekend of camping.

Six Days on the Appalachian Trail (Rangeley area)
July 17 – 21

Spend five days on one of the most beautiful sections of Maine’s Appalachian trail! This trip will take us to the Saddleback area where there are bald-topped peaks and an abundance of streams and lakes to keep us occupied even on shorter hiking days. Daily mileage will be between 5-8 miles with the possibility for one food resupply at our mid-point to keep pack weights low and enthusiasm high.(

The Hundred-Mile Wilderness
August 6 – August 15

The Hundred-Mile Wilderness is the northern most 100 mile section of the Appalachian Trail and goes from Monson to Abol Bridge. It is a rugged, remote section that crosses no paved roads but provides some of the best scenery and mountains Maine has to offer. Nine nights on the trail camping in tents, ten full days of backpacking (average 10 miles each day). This hike is for enthusiastic and motivated teens who want to know what it’s like to immerse themselves in outdoor living. There is an option to swim almost every day but expect to get dirty, sweaty and strong!