Are you a teen with a passion for the outdoors and a desire to learn practical skills in facilitating adventure based activities? If so, then this is the program for you.  Through our partnership with the University of Maine we are excited to be able to offer this for-credit Early College experience this summer.  

Through this ten day intensive course, you will have the opportunity to earn four course college credits that will launch you on the UMaine Early College Outdoor Leadership Pathway or can be applied to most other colleges and universities. 

KPE 265 (3 course credits)

This is an introductory course in outdoor and adventure activities, forming the foundation of an outdoor leadership education. The course focuses primarily on participation in four different activity categories: canoeing; bouldering and climbing; hiking and orienteering; and challenge course. The canoeing portion of the course will include instruction in paddling techniques while keeping in mind environmental and equipment considerations for safely leading groups on day and overnight trips. The climbing portion of the course emphasizes the fundamental skills and safety knowledge needed for indoor bouldering and top-rope climbing, including risk management and belay certification. During orienteering, students will learn and practice essential map and compass skills. In the challenge course portion of the course, students will learn about and practice the educational concepts behind facilitating and processing adventure-based activities.  

KPE 207 (1 course credit)

This course provides foundational knowledge and skills needed to deal with medical and traumatic emergencies in remote settings. Topics include patient assessment, musculoskeletal and soft tissue injuries, wound care and infection, environmental emergencies, spinal cord management and moving patients, anaphylaxis and other medical emergencies, and CPR/AED. Successful completion of this course carries a nationally-recognized Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification, and meets the medical training requirements for being a Registered Maine Guide, Maine Camp Trip Leader, and Maine Educational Leader.

Early College Program Details

  • Dates: 8/8/2022 to 8/17/2022
  • Start / End Times: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Residential Program Fee: $750.00 (Commuter rate $350.00 available. Please inquire with our office). Scholarships may be available for participants from Oxford County. 
  • Location: Bryant Pond 4-H Camp, 17 Conservation lane
  • Age:  16 to 18 
  • Group Limit: 10 participants

Please note: This registration is for the residential portion of the program. Please be sure that your enrollment with the University of Maine Early College Program is complete so that you will be able to earn the college credits upon successful completion of the program.

Tuition for this course is free for Maine high school students (public school & homeschoolers).
Tuition for out-of-state students and Maine private school students is $138.25 per credit for a total fee of $553.00.

Residential Program Registration 

Early college enrollment link

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