Outdoor Adventure Programs For Teens

 

Maine Youth Leadership Wilderness Program (Friends of Baxter State Park) Current sophomore and junior student leaders who are interested in expanding their skills are encouraged to apply. There is no direct cost to the student. Students will spend August 2-10 backpacking through Baxter State Park learning from a range of specialists including Park rangers, geologists, botanists, Native American cultural educators, photographers, astronomers, artists, writers, and journalists. APPLICATIONS DUE IN FEBRUARY.

The Chewonki Foundation in Wiscasset, Maine offers wilderness trips for boys and girls throughout the summer. Programs include: canoeing, sea kayaking, white water kayaking, hiking, and sailing. Financial Aid is available.

Rippleffect operates outdoor adventure programming out of Portland, Maine on Cow Island--a beautiful 26-acre island in Casco Bay. They run many of their youth and adult programs from this remote eco-campus including a Leadership Program. The leadership programs are adventures for high school students focusing on learning leadership skills, recognizing individual potential and having an adventure in an experiential setting.

Venture Outside, based in Maine helps people reconnect to nature and themselves through Multisport Adventures and Active Wellness Retreats. We combine physical and holistic activities in nature at amazing and beautiful places around the world to provide a restorative experience that is purely and simply exceptional. Through hiking, biking, sea kayaking, canoeing, wilderness camping, yoga, nature immersion, meditation, music, and more….your adventures with VO will fully engage all your senses and transform you.

Rocky Hill Farm Adventures is rooted in central Maine, in a local, off grid location, in a small town called Carmel. It is here that we embrace exceptional environmental ethics, and values, not only in business, but also in personal life and practice. We are devoted to sharing and expanding awareness about our non-traditional and off grid living customs. Everything that we teach and everything that we do is achieved through dedication and stewardship of the earth, her environments, and her natural resources. Our purpose is to facilitate and encourage adventure-based education as a means to stimulate leadership in our communities and engage as many people as possible with the natural world to promote awareness that considers and takes action focused on the need for ecological change and degradation for the future of our planet. 

National Outdoor Leadership School -  The mission of the National Outdoor Leadership School is to be the leading source and teacher of wilderness skills and leadership that serve people and the environment.  We define wilderness as a place where nature is dominant and situations and their consequences are real. Living in these conditions, away from the distractions of modern civilization fosters self-reliance, judgment, respect, and a sense of responsibility for our actions. It can also be a profoundly moving experience that leads to inspiration, joy and commitment to an environmental ethic. We believe that education should be exciting, fun and challenging.

Maine Camps has a list of summer camps and opportunities. If you are interested in seeking employment at one of Maine's summer camps, search for a camp near you (or a camp geared toward your area of expertise/interest), click on the individual page, and search for job openings there! Maine Camps also offers Junior Maine Guide Evaluation.

AMC Wilderness Adventures offers wilderness trips for teens in Maine, New Hampshire, New York and Massachusetts. Registrations opens annually in late fall. Scholarship applications are available. They are accepted and awarded on a rolling basis beginning January 1st. There are many adventures to choose from for ages 12-18, ranging from 5-20 days from the end of June - August. For more information call (603) 466-2727.

Camp Susan Curtis in Maine serves economically disadvantaged children in grades 3-11 in a two week overnight camp experience broken up into two week sessions from June 22-August 15. Camp is tuition-free. Campers must be recommended by school personnel and qualify for USDA Free/Reduced Lunch. Spots are LIMITED! Applications and information are available through school counselors or social workers.

Kroka Expeditions is snuggled in the foothills of Southern New Hampshire. Expeditions travel throughout the Northeast.This summer Kroka Expeditions is offering extended wilderness trips for teens through New England and Canada. White water paddle the Moisie River in Canada for a month, gain leadership skills while island hopping along the Maine coast for three weeks, rock climb the High Peaks of the Adirondacks for two weeks, or be a Keeper of the Flame for a week. Trips run throughout June, July, and August. Sliding scale tuition and scholarships are available. Contact Emily Hughes at outreach@kroka.org for more information. 

Tanglewood based in Lincolnville, Maine offers Adventure Trips and Teen Leadership Programs for youth ages 14-17. One, two and three week programs exploring Maine's coastal waters and inland mountains, providing perfect settings to learn skills in cooperation, ecology, communication and living lightly on the land. With trips along the West Branch Penobscot, the"100 mile wilderness" of the AT, the St. George River and coastal islands of Tenants Harbor, there is an adventure for you! Trips are led by two trained and certified Maine Trip Leaders, all gear is provided. Scholarships available to those who qualify.

The Sustainable Ocean Studies Program is a 23 day residential program through Waynflete & Chewonki for students entering 10th, 11th and 12th grades the following school year as well as recent graduates.The students will:

  • Spend 23 days exploring the coastal ecosystems of Maine from Portland to Mount Desert Island.

  • Participate in a variety of field-based experiences with staff from organizations such as Friends of Casco Bay, Vital Signs at GMRI, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, Darling Marine Center, College of the Atlantic, and the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership.

  • Conduct original field research and contribute to important ongoing research projects focused on the impact of invasive species including green crabs and soft-shelled clams, tunicates and algae, eel grass restoration, area closures and scallop regenerations, and lobster settlement and regeneration.

  • Investigate the sustainability of year-round island communities and the lobster and ground-fishing industries, explore onshore and offshore wind power projects, and shellfish and seaweed aquaculture in the Gulf of Maine.

  • Carry out an individual research project.

  • Work with and learn from a rich array of teachers, including those who fish for a living, scientists, conservationsists, entrepreneurs, and policy makers.

  • Hone the collaborative leadership, research, and analysis skills necessary for success in college.