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Boys' Camp Wilderness Tripping Program

Camping trips are an integral part of each camper’s Kieve experience. From the youngest to the oldest, every camper faces the tests of exploration, discovery, and adaptation to the varied surroundings he encounters.

As a camper grows older and more able, his trips become more extensive and demanding. The youngest boys may travel to nearby Fort Island in the Damariscotta River, to Bradbury Mountain near Freeport, or to our oceanfront camping area for one or more nights. The older boys may be gone from camp for two to three weeks of hiking, sea kayaking, or canoeing in the most remote and rewarding areas of Maine.

Still, the aim of every camping trip are similar. In addition to learning 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 learn how to become the kind of person that others can turn to for support. The trip is a group enterprise, the success of which depends upon the good will and cooperation of each member.

Kieve’s trips are designed so that the least-experienced boy does not feel unduly pushed, yet each camper can be proud of what he has accomplished. None of our trips requires previous experience. Boys receive rudimentary training before leaving camp. Then, as the trip progresses, each boy grows more and more skilled. Most trip groups include both veteran campers and boys new to the experience.

Safety is paramount on all Kieve trips. The topflight equipment provided by Kieve is designed for both comfort and safety. Counselors are chosen for their knowledge and experience, their levelheadedness, their patience and kindness.

Forest rangers with radios are accessible on every day of a trip. Each day’s campsite has been predetermined before the trip leaves Kieve; and, in case of an emergency, a boy can be flown out from a trip to the nearest hospital.

Here is our trip schedule:

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Age Cabin Destination Nights Type of Trip Description and Maps
8-10 Junior Kieve Bremen Landing 1 Ocean
8-10 South Glenayr Damariscotta Lake 1 Canoeing
Sugarloaf Mountain 2 Hiking
9-11 North Glenayr & North Townsend Mount Megunticook 1 Hiking
Fort Island 2 Canoeing
11 South Bunkerhill & South Cunningham & South Townsend Hog Island 1 Ocean
White Mountain National Forest 4 Hiking
11-12 North Bunkerhill & North Cunningham Bald Rock Mountain 1 Hiking
St. Croix River 5 Canoeing
12-13 South Harris & South Harrington Damariscotta Lake 1 Canoeing
Mountains of Moosehead Lake 5 Hiking
12-14 North Harris & North Harrington Tumbledown Mountain 2 Hiking
Moose River 6 Canoeing
12-14 Bank I & II Bigelow Mountain 2 Mountains
Katahdin Woods and Waters, and East Branch of the Penobscot River 10 Mountain/Canoe
13-14 Allagash Allagash Wilderness Waterway 12 Canoeing
14-15 Long Voyage The Long Voyage 17 Canoeing
14-16 Maine Trails Appalachian Trail 21 Backpacking

At Kieve, we practice and teach our campers the Leave No Trace Principles of outdoor ethics.