2021 Summer Trips are Open for Enrollment!

Kids with backpacks on bridge

NEW THIS SUMMER – A TRIP FOR ADULTS!    (scroll down . . .)

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 
(Franklin area)
July 9-11

Kids ages 13-16 (Rising 8th – 10th graders)

$120
This is an excellent introduction to camping. We leave Friday afternoon and hike an easy mile to our tent site with water 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.

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

Kids ages 13-16 (Rising 8th – 10th graders)

$625
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. 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 focus of this trip is on learning real backpacking skills, such as how to set up and break down camp efficiently, pack your pack, stay warm, dry, comfortable and safe on the trail no matter the conditions and how to navigate using old fashioned maps and new fashioned apps.   

The Hundred-Mile Wilderness
August 11 – August 15

Adults, Female-identifying, 18+ 

$625
The Hundred-Mile Wilderness is the northern-most 100 mile section of the Appalachian Trail between Monson and 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. During this trip we will pick a section of the 100 Mile Wilderness to hike (the specific area will depend on the weather conditions and experience of our group). Each day will include rivers and lakes for swimming, mountain summits, sweeping views and rugged trail in between. We’ll be hiking 6-12 miles a day with some elevation gain each day, cooking shared meals and sleeping in tents at or near designated shelter sites. This hike is for enthusiastic adults who want to immerse themselves in outdoor living and is perfect for those aspiring to do multi-day trips on the Appalachian Trail but aren’t sure how to get started. No previous backpacking experience is required but you should be able to comfortably walk 5 miles (at any pace). There will be an option to swim almost every day but expect to get dirty, sweaty and strong!

How to Backpack! (Blue Hill, ME) July 30 5-8pm
All ages welcome
$20-50

We know how to backpack and we are super excited to share what we know. In this 3-hour back-yard class we will cover everything you need to know to get yourself out the door. Where to go and what to bring, planning checklists, Leave No Trace practices and tips on backpacking with kids. We’ll have all our gear out (and you can bring your own too) to help you gain confidence and know-how with tents, backpacks, stoves and water filters.