WILDERNESS TRIPS

Wilderness trips are among the most important aspects of each camper’s Kieve experience.  Every camper, no matter their age, will spend at least one night out in the woods away from camp with their cabin.

As a camper grows older and more able, his trips become more extensive and demanding. While the youngest boys are on their trip for only one or two nights, the older boys are away from camp for 13 to 22 days of canoeing or backpacking in the most remote and beautiful parts of Maine.

Wilderness trips offer campers the opportunity to develop a reverence for the wonders of nature. Each boy is encouraged to learn how to take care of himself and his equipment, to set and attain goals, and to have the fortitude and resilience to overcome challenges away from the comforts of home. All Kieve trips practice and teach the Leave No Trace Principles of Outdoor Ethics.

Kieve trips are designed so that the least-experienced boys do not feel unduly pushed, yet each camper can be proud of what he has accomplished. Most trips include both veteran campers and boys new to the experience, and this allows for a cooperative relationship that draws out the best from each member of the cabin. None of the trips require any particular wilderness tripping experience, and boys receive the necessary basic training before leaving camp. Then, as the trip progresses, each boy grows more capable and confident.

Ages and grades completed are provided as general guidelines. There will often be some variation to this progression.

Age

Grade Completed

Cabin Name

Trip Destination

Nights

Trip Type

8 - 10

2 - 4
Junior Kieve
Bremen & Hog Island
1
Ocean
8 - 9
2 - 3
South Glenayr
Damariscotta Lake
Sugarloaf Mountain
1
2
Canoeing
Hiking
9 - 10
3 - 4
North Glenayr and North Townsend
Mount Megunticook
Damariscotta Lake
1
2
Hiking
Canoeing
10 - 11
4 - 5
South Bunkerhill, South Cunningham, and South Townsend
Hog Island
White Mountain National Forest
1
4
Ocean
Hiking
11 - 12
5 - 6
North Bunkerhill I and II and North Cunningham
Bald Rock Mountain
St. Croix River
1
5
Hiking
Canoeing
12 - 13
6 - 7
South Harris
Damariscotta Lake
Moosehead Lake Region
1
7
Canoeing
Hiking and Canoeing
12 - 13
6 - 7
North Harris and North Harrington
Tumbledown Mountain
Moose River
2
6
Hiking
Canoeing
13 - 14
7 - 8
Bank I and II
Bigelow Mountain, Katahdin Woods and Waters, and East Branch Penobscot River
10
Hiking, Biking, and Canoeing
14 - 15
8 - 9
Allagash I, II, and III
Allagash Wilderness Waterway
12
Canoeing
15 - 16
9 - 10
Long Voyage I, II, and III
The Long Voyage
17
Canoeing
16 - 17
10 - 11
Maine Trails I, II, and III
Appalachian Trail
21
Backpacking

Blue pins are water based trips, green pins are land based trips.

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