Tanglewood Adventure Trips, ages 11-15

Maine’s coastal waters and inland hills provide perfect settings to learn skills in cooperation, ecology, communication, and living lightly on the land. Adventure Trips are for those looking for a physically and mentally challenging experience or training in outdoor skills.

All trips practice “Leave No Trace” camping procedures where campers leave behind most of the usual comforts of home. Backpacking is defined as carrying your food, clothing, and shelter in a backpack while hiking from site to site. Adventure Trips are generally limited to 5-8 campers, under the guidance of two skilled and caring trip leaders. Trips are designed to build self-reliance, foster a sense of stewardship and create friendships that will last a lifetime! When youth get up close and personal with nature, they discover themselves!

Interested in the skills associated with adventure trips but not ready for taking an out-of-camp trip? During most residential camp sessions, we offer an outdoor skills focus which features all the activities and challenges necessary to build your confidence while enjoying the comforts and fun of being part of our traditional residential camp.

Ducktrap Exploration, 11-13 yrs

From the mountains to the sea, this trip includes all the wonders of life on the coast of Maine. Campers will spend time out on the trail, in boats, and around camp.

Explore the forests, mountains, ponds, river, and sea on thiscampers canoeing on Pitcher Pond hiking and canoeing trip through the Ducktrap Wildlife Preserve. This is our most popular trip to observe wildlife and learn wilderness skills.

Along their journey from the river to ocean, campers learn the skills necessary to travel lightly with the least impact and to find their way through forests without a trail.

Campers will spend time in and out of camp. They will have opportunities to participate in small group learning and traditional large “all camp” games. Some meals will be served in the camp dining hall whereas others will be cooked over the fire or camp stove out on the trail.

Ducktrap Exploration is the perfect trip for those youth wanting to experiment with wilderness camping without being too much in the wilderness!

  • Trip level
    • Beginner. Good physical condition is important
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  • Includes in-camp time sleeping in cabins and on-trail time sleeping out in tents
  • Experience required
    • Campers must be able to swim and feel comfortable on the water.
  • Departs from Lincolnville
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Ages: 11-13           Cost: $675.00         

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Program Dates:  June 26-July 1, 2022

Appalachian Trail, 13-15 yrs

camper overlooks mountains from an ATV trailClimbing to high altitudes and descending into deep valleys, this trip is the perfect expedition for those who really love hiking and the outdoors! Passing through amazing gorges and wilderness areas, participants encounter some truly breathtaking scenery.

Spend 5 days along the Appalachian Trail learning all about Leave No Trace and lightweight backpacking.  This trip has followed several different routes over years including:

  • Starting at the south end of Nahmakanta Lake and continuing south to the Gulf Hagas area, covering over 40 miles of the “wildest” section of the Appalachian Trail,
  • Starting at the Gulf Hagas area and following the trail southbound to Borestone Mountain,
  • or, following routes that fit the passions of our leaders.

The week is packed with personal and group challenges, great views, and lots of fun. Participants experience what it means to carry all you need on your back and have the opportunity to meet through-hikers on their way to Katahdin or Georgia!  This is a journey you will never forget!

This trip is limited to a maximum of 8 participants.

  • Trip level
    • Advanced. Good physical condition is a requirement.
  • Experience required
    • Previous hiking experience
  • Departs from Lincolnville

Ages: 13-15         Cost: $675.00         

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Program Dates:  July 3-8, 2022

campers rest at a river crossing