Wilderness trips are among the most important aspects of each camper’s Wavus 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, her trips become more extensive and demanding. While the youngest girls are on their trip for only one or two nights, the older girls 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 girl is encouraged to learn how to take care of herself and her equipment, to set and attain goals, and to have the fortitude and resilience to overcome challenges away from the comforts of home. All Wavus trips practice and teach the Leave No Trace Principles of Outdoor Ethics.
Wavus trips are designed so that the least-experienced girls do not feel unduly pushed, yet each camper can be proud of what she has accomplished. Most trips include both veteran campers and girls 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 girls receive the necessary basic training before leaving camp. Then, as the trip progresses, each girl grows more capable and confident.
Ages and grades completed are provided as general guidelines. There will often be some variation to this progression.
Blue pins are water based trips, green pins are land based trips.