AMG Camp- Young Explorers Adventure
Young Explorer Adventure Camp
Who’s it for? Adventurers age 9-12 who like doing cool things outside and are ready to start spending a day away from family.
What do we do? Rock climbing, hiking, swimming, canoeing, paddleboarding, rappelling, rope bridge crossing, knots, caving, hiking, swimming, survival skills, and/or nature study
Where do we go? Acadia National Park
Location: Acadia National Park
Day or Overnight Options Available
Camper to Leader Ratio: 6:1
We’ll be having a week of adventure and exploring what Maine has to offer in the best way possible, through the outdoors! In this camp, we’ll learn about basic camping, climbing, kayaking, and other outdoor skills. We’ll become more self-reliant and self-sufficient over these four days of adventure and comradery.
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.
The 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.
No previous experience is necessary.
Climbing gear is provided.
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.
Rainy day options
Generally we try to proceed with planned activities for the day unless there is a lightning danger or a major storm. Should weather preclude continuing with the day’s activities we can visit the climbing wall and swimming pool at the local YMCA or spend a few hours indoors bowling.
Campers will sleep in tents separated by gender. We stay in public campgrounds such as Bar Harbor Campground, Park’s Pond Campground, and Camden Hills State Park. 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.
Adventure Day Campers should bring easy to eat lunches and drinks. Please try to package food and drinks in non-breakable containers.
Drop off/Pick up Information:
-For Day Campers this Shuttle Runs Everyday
|Place||Drop Off Time||Pick Up Time|
(92 Main St)
| Bar Harbor Shop
(228 Main St)
Download Health Forms and Waivers- coming soon!
Health Forms should be received no later than three weeks before camp starts.
- Scan or take a photo of the forms and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject " (Your Child's Name) Health Forms and the dates of their camp"
- If you would like to send them via mail:
- PO Box 121 Orono, ME 04473 Attn: Camps