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2018 Young Explorers' Five Day Adventure Day Camp

hiking · nature study · rock climbing · outdoor skills · tidepooling · orienteering · shelter and fire making
Ages 9 - 12
$299.00 Day Camp / $399.00 Overnight Camp

Ever touched a starfish or crawled inside the earth? A new adventure awaits every day as campers discover great things to do in the Maine outdoors while experiencing nature and learning about personal outdoor safety.

Weekly activities may include hiking and scrambling to bare mountaintops, rock climbing and rappelling on striking sea cliffs, exploring local caves, hiking, using map and compass skills and learning primitive skills such as natural shelter building, edible plant identification and bow drill fire making. Understanding nature is emphasized through tide pool exploration and forest discovery walks. Discover the many rewards of nature, challenging yourself and meet new friends.

No prior experience is needed. Climbing gear provided. Limit: 12.
Click here for overnight option.

July 10 - 14
July 24 - 28
August 7 - 11

$299.00 Day Camp / $399.00 Overnight Camp

Day 1: Get to know you games and team building initiatives, learn basic knots, rock climb near the ocean, learn about how the rocks formed, and build a rope stretcher to carry your teammate.

Day 2: Ropes course action and adventure, follow your map and compass to explore a beaver pond or stream and play a game of hide and seek using a map, compass and GPS.

Day 3: Hike the Beehive Ladder Trail to the summit and then use your new navigation skills to get back to the road. Take a swim at Sand Beach amid exploring life in tide pools. Learn to get a campfire going with flint and steel and see how fast you can boil a cup of water.

Day 4: Work with a partner to learn about canoeing and kayaking while exploring the west side of MDI on Long Pond. Learn important water safety skills and lifesaving CPR.

Day 5: Travel to Acadia National Park and join Diver Ed for an up close, hands-on look at life in the sea. Wrap up the day rappelling and rock climbing over the ocean at one of our secret shoreline sites.

RAINY DAY OPTIONS Generally we try to proceed with planned activities for the day unless there is lightning danger or a major storm. Should weather preclude continuing with the day's activities we can visit the climbing wall and swimming pool at the local YMCA.

We run a convenient daily shuttle between Orono and Bar Harbor for this camp. The schedule will be as follows:

Morning pick ups and afternoon drop offs will be in Orono (at 92 Main St, Alpenglow Adventure Sports) at 7:30 and 5:30, Brewer at 8:00/5:00 (at Brewer Auditorium parking lot), Ellsworth at 8:45/4:15 (at McDonald’s parking lot), and Bar Harbor at 9:30/3:30 at Acadia Mountain Guides, 228 Main Street. 

Times are approximate. Please allow 15 – 20 for traffic, etc. Please let us know if you will be late for a drop off or pick up so that we may update other parents.

Young Explorers’ day campers should bring easy to eat lunches and drinks. Please try to package food and drinks in non-breakable containers.

__ Day pack
__ 2 one-quart water bottles or suitably packed drinks
__ Hiking shoes or sturdy sneakers, not a slip on type
__ Water shoe (optional), a closed toe variety is best
__ Lightweight, loose fitting long pants that dry quickly
__ Warm socks (wool), hat
__ Shorts and Tee shirt if weather appropriate
__ Rain jacket & pants –even if it doesn’t rain they are handy if it gets windy at the sea cliffs
__ A second set of clothes is always a good idea especially if the weather is rainy
__ Swimsuit and towel
__ Sunscreen / lip balm
__ Insect repellent
__ Camera if you want

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