WILDERNESS TRIPS

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.

Age

Grade Completed

Cabin Name

Trip Destination

Nights

Type

8 - 10
2 - 4
Junior Wavus
Bremen & Hog Island
1
Ocean
8 - 9
2 - 3
Algonquin
Hog Island
Camden Hills State Park
1
2
Ocean
Hiking
9 - 10
3 - 4
Mohawk and Cheyenne
Damariscotta Lake
Mount Blue State Park
1
2
Canoeing
Hiking
10 - 11
4 - 5
Cayuga, Cherokee and Narragansett
Hog Island
White Mountain National Forest
1
4
Ocean
Hiking
11 - 12
5 - 6
Omaha, Osage and Ojibway
Damariscotta Lake
St. Croix River
1
5
Canoeing
Canoeing
12 - 13
6 - 7
Abenaki
Sugar Island
Moosehead Lake Region
2
7
Canoeing
Hiking and Canoeing
13 - 14
7 - 8
Wawanock
Tumbledown Mountain
Moose River
2
6
Hiking
Canoeing
13 - 14
7 - 8
Penobscot
Bigelow Preserve
East Branch of the Penobscot River
3
5
Hiking
Canoeing
14 - 15
8 - 9
Allagash
Allagash Wilderness Waterway
12
Canoeing
15 - 16
9 - 10
Long Voyage
The Long Voyage
17
Canoeing
16 - 17
9 - 10
Maine Trails
Appalachian Trail
21
Backpacking

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

Junior Wavus

Bremen & Hog Island
1 Night
Ages 8 - 10
Grades 2 - 4

Algonquin

Hog Island
1 Night
Camden Hills State Park
2 Nights
Ages 8 - 9
Grades 2 - 3

Mohawk and Cheyenne

Damariscotta Lake
1 Night
Mount Blue State Park
2 Nights
Ages 9 - 10
Grades 3 - 4

Cayuga, Cherokee and Narragansett

Hog Island
1 Night
White Mountain National Forest
4 Nights
Ages 10 - 11
Grades 4 - 5

Omaha, Osage and Ojibway

Damariscotta Lake
1 Night
St. Croix River
5 Nights
Ages 11 - 12
Grades 5 - 6

Abenaki

Sugar Island
2 Nights
Moosehead Lake Region
7 Nights
Ages 12 - 13
Grades 6 - 7

Wawanock

Tumbledown Mountain
2 Nights
Moose River
6 Nights
Ages 13 - 14
Grades 7 - 8

Penobscot

Bigelow Preserve
3 Nights
East Branch of the Penobscot River
5 Nights
Ages 13 - 14
Grades 7 - 8

Allagash

Allagash Wilderness Waterway
12 Nights
Ages 14 - 15
Grades 8 - 9

Long Voyage

The Long Voyage
17 Nights
Ages 15 - 16
Grades 9 - 10

Maine Trails

Appalachian Trail
21 Nights
Ages 16 - 17
Grades 9 - 10

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

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