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Boys' Camp Wilderness Tripping Program

Camping trips are an important part of each camper's Kieve 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, his trips become more extensive and demanding.  While the youngest boys may be on their trip for only one or two nights in the local area, the older boys 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 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 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.

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.  None of our trips require any previous experience; boys receive the necessary basic 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 and Risk Management are paramount on all Kieve trips. The equipment provided by Kieve 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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Age Grade Completed Cabin Destination Nights Type of Trip Description and Maps
8-10 2-4 Junior Kieve Bremen and Hog Island 1 Ocean
9 3 South Glenayr Damariscotta Lake 1 Canoeing
Sugarloaf Mountain 2 Hiking
10 4 North Glenayr & North Townsend Mount Megunticook 1 Hiking
Damariscotta Lake 2 Canoeing
10-11 4-5 South Bunkerhill & South Cunningham & South Townsend Hog Island 1 Ocean
White Mountain National Forest 4 Hiking
11-12 5-6 North Bunkerhill & North Cunningham Bald Rock Mountain 1 Hiking
St. Croix River 5 Canoeing
12 6 South Harris Damariscotta Lake 1 Canoeing
Mountains of the Moosehead Lake Region 5 Hiking
12-13 6-7 North Harris & North Harrington Tumbledown Mountain 2 Hiking
Moose River 6 Canoeing
13 7 Bank I & II Bigelow Mtn, Katahdin Woods and Waters, and East Branch of the Penobscot River 10 Mountain / Mountain Bike / Canoe
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

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