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Young Explorers' Adventure Overnight Camp

hiking · nature study · rock climbing · outdoor skills · tidepooling · orienteering · shelter and fire making


For Ages 9 - 12

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.

The optional overnight camp provides increased opportunities for teamwork and friendship. 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. Limit: 12.


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.

Campers will sleep in tents separated by gender. We stay in public campgrounds such as Bar Harbor Campground and Park’s Pond Campground. Campgrounds have a bath and shower facilities.

Overnight  campers join the leaders in preparing delicious, healthy camp meals. Vegetarian options are available as. Sample evening meals include pasta with sauce and salad, vegetable stir fry w/ chicken side.

These camps meet on the first day at Alpenglow Adventure Sports / Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School at 92 Main St. (Route 2), Orono, ME, unless otherwise announced.  Meeting time on the first day is 7:30 a.m. Transportation to the climbing areas will be via van. Pick up will be at the same location at 5:30 p.m. on the final day.


__ 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)
__ Hat
__ 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


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