Young Explorer Adventure Overnight Camp
hiking · nature study · rock climbing · outdoor skills · tidepooling · orienteering · shelter and fire making
For Ages 9-12
$299.00 Day Camp / $399.00 Overnight Camp
This program, like the Young Explorers’ Adventure Day Camp offers a variety of adventure and environmental based activities during a five day period. Additionally, this is an overnight camp with increased opportunities for teamwork and friendship. Each day campers participate in a different adventure whether it be rock climbing on striking sea cliffs, poking around in tide pools and mud flats, scrambling to a bare mountaintop, exploring a cave, learning wilderness first aid skills, practicing camping skills, swimming or learning primitive survival skills. In camp, participants will learn to cook over camp stoves and open fires, sleep in tents or natural shelters, and practice Leave No Trace skills. During the evening, campers will share in the outdoor living tasks of campsite set up and meal preparation. Of course there will be time for games, fun, laughter, and campfire tales. Campers will discover the many rewards of nature, challenge themselves and learn more about the importance of teamwork. No previous experience is necessary. All climbing gear is provided. Click here for a day camp option.
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 tidepools. 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 rappeling and rock climbing over the ocean at one of our secret shoreline sites.
Campers may chose to do the above camp as an overight for the full week or select the option of staying Thursday night only for $45.00.
WHERE DO THEY CAMP
Campers will sleep in tents separated by gender. We stay in public campgrounds (ie Sea Wall CG in Acadia National Park, Lamoine State Park, Park’s Pond Campground, or Camden Hills State Park).
Overnight campers join the leaders in preparing delicious, healthy camp meals. Vegetarian options are available. Sample evening meals include pasta with sauce and salad, vegetable stir fry w/ chicken side.
MEETING / PICK UP LOCATIONS FOR OVERNIGHT CAMP Session 1
These camps meet on the first day at Alpenglow Adventure Sports / Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School at 92 Main St. (Route 2), Orono, ME. Meeting time on the first day is 7:45a.m. Pick up will be at the same location at 5:30 p.m. on the final day.
EQUIPMENT LIST FOR OVERNIGHT CAMP
__ Day pack – appx 30L (1800 ci)
__ Backpack or duffel bag large enough to hold your gear
__ 20 - 30 degree sleeping bag
__ 72” x 24” ground pad or inflatable pad
__ 2 one-quart water bottles
__ Hiking shoes or sturdy sneakers
__ Insulating inner layer of clothing
__ Insulating middle layer of clothing
__ Lightweight, loose fitting long pants that dry quickly
__ Warm socks (wool)
__ Shorts and tee shirts
__ Rain jacket and pants
__ Swimsuit and towel
__ Headlamp or flashlight
__ Journaling supplies
__ Sunscreen / lip balm
__ Insect repellent
__ Unbreakable cup, bowl, spoon and fork
__ Toilet kit (toothbrush, comb, etc)
__ Camera if you want