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Downeast Maine Explorer

We explore coastal mountains, a peaceful lake, magnificent Penobscot Bay, and Acadia National Park during this multi-faceted adventure. This is a great way to get to know all that downeast Maine has to offer while enjoying the company of like-minded girls who love to be outside. The three-week Downeast Maine Explorer trip is a perfect opportunity to gain experience for one of Chewonki’s more advanced trips.


Hiking, Canoeing, Camping for Girls Ages 11-13

This multi-element expedition gives girls the chance to learn new hiking and canoeing skills while enjoying a variety of lands and waters. Because of the variety of activities, participants have the chance to acquire and/or refine a number of outdoor skills, from hiking and canoeing to cooking and map reading.  We practice traditional tripping methods. We use leather tump straps for carrying both canoes and wanagans. We cook on fires and bake bannock in reflector ovens. Participants receive thorough instruction in the safe use of ax and saw for the purpose of cutting and splitting wood for the fires. Throughout the trip, leaders work to strengthen the girls’ competence and confidence through age-appropriate challenges, with a focus on positive group dynamics, decision-making, and learning to overcome preconceived limits.  As with all Chewonki trips, “Leave No Trace” ethics underlie our approach to the places we visit. As a result, participants learn to live and travel responsibly in the outdoors.

Mountains, Lakes and Acadia National Park

Participants gather on day one at our main base in Wiscasset, where we spend the first night. Then we depart for Camden Hills State Park to set up our base camp. We spend several days hiking the peaks of the Camden Hills and swimming in Lake Megunticook. We take a daylong boat trip to the fishing and artists’ community on Monhegan Island, exploring this fascinating place on foot. The group then travels further down the Maine coast to Mt. Desert Island, where we camp at Seawall Campground in spectacular Acadia National Park. We will then be transported even further down east to the Grand Lakes Region for a multi-day canoe trip. Activities may include hiking, biking John D. Rockefeller Jr.’s historic carriage roads, and swimming at Sand Beach.
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