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Girls' Camp Wilderness Tripping Program

Camping trips are an important part of each camper's Wavus experience.  From the youngest to the oldest, every camper has the opportunity to explore, discover, and better understand the varied surroundings she encounters.

As a camper grows older and more able, her trips become more extensive and demanding.  While the youngest girls may be on their trip for only one or two nights in the local area, the older girls may be gone from camp for 13 to 18 to even 22 days of hiking, canoeing, or backpacking in the most remote and beautiful areas of Maine.

Still, the aims of every camping trip are similar. In addition to learning 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 learn how to become the kind of person to whom others can turn for support. Each trip is a group enterprise, the success of which depends upon the good will and cooperation of each member. All Kieve-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.  None of our trips require any previous experience; girls receive the necessary basic training before leaving camp.  Then, as the trip progresses, each girl grows more and more skilled.  Most trip groups include both veteran campers and girls new to the experience.

Safety and Risk Management are paramount on all Wavus trips. The equipment provided by Wavus is designed for both comfort and safety.  Counselors are chosen for their knowledge and experience, their level headedness, their ability to make wise decisions, and their patience and kindness.  All Trip Leaders (typically third year staff and beyond), and almost all staff, have Wilderness Advanced First Aid certification.  Second year (and beyond) staff also have Swiftwater Rescue and Lifeguard training.  For certain activities on some trips, we contract with outside Guide Services with specialized training to provide certain experiences, for example whitewater rafting.

Here is our trip schedule:

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Ages and Grades Completed are provided as general guidelines. There will always be some variation to this progression.

Age Grade Completed Cabin Destination Nights Type of Trip Description
and Maps
8-10 2 to 4 Junior Wavus Bremen & Hog Island 1 Ocean
9 3 Algonquin Hog Island 1 Ocean
Camden Hills State Park 2 Hiking
10 4 Mohawk / Cheyenne Damariscotta Lake 1 Canoeing
Mount Blue State Park 2 Hiking
10-11 4 to 5 Cayuga, Cherokee and Narragansett Hog Island 1 Ocean
White Mountain National Forest 4 Hiking
12 6 Omaha, Osage and Ojibway Damariscotta Lake 1 Canoeing
St Croix River 5 Canoeing
13 6-7 Abenaki Hermit Island 1 Ocean
Moosehead Lake Region 7 Hiking & Canoeing
13 7 Wawanock / Mic Mac Tumbledown Mountain 2 Hiking
Moose River 6 Canoeing
13 7-8 Penobscot Bigelow Preserve 3 Hiking
East Branch of the Penobscot River 5 Canoeing
14 8 Allagash Allagash Wilderness Waterway 12 Canoeing
15 9 Long Voyage The Long Voyage 17 Canoeing
16 10 Maine Trails

Appalachian Trail

21 Backpacking