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Wilderness Tripping Details - Wavus Camp for Girls

These descriptions will give you an idea of the wilderness trips. Click the thumbnail for a detailed map! If you have any specific questions, please feel free to contact us.

Mount Blue State Park

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This trip to the western mountains of Maine takes campers to the shores of Webb Lake, west of Farmington. Groups will camp at Mount Blue State Park for two nights. While there, they will hike Tumbledown Mountain, Mount Blue, and Blueberry Mountain. Tumbledown Mountain, at 3,090 feet, is the primary goal of the trip, with its 700 foot cliffs on the south side and Tumbledown Pond nestled at 2,800 feet between the three peaks of the mountain.  Of course, if you’re camped on the shores of the lake, there will be time for a dip (or two) in the lake as well.

The “Snowgoose III”

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A day on the Snowgoose is a highlight for campers and counselors alike. A short drive to our oceanfront property at Bremen, campers meet with Captain Bill Chapman and 1st Mate Meghan who teach them about personal safety while on the boat. Time is spent fishing, pulling up lobster pots, swimming and of course competing in the annual jumping record. There is plenty to see and do while on the Snowgoose, however it is also a great time to lie in the sun and just read, or journal write. Campers can expect to see many fish and birds on their day out, most boat trips are topped off with a slow cruise past the seal colonies as well as the bald eagle nests.

Bremen Landing & Muscongus Bay

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Kieve- Wavus’ fourteen acre oceanfront property in Bremen, Maine offers stunning views of Muscongus Bay and the opportunity to test one's overnight camping techniques in a safe and beautiful environment. Bremen trips usually include funyaking around a protected bay, exploring the shoreline, games on the deck, humongous amounts of tasty food, and songs and stories around the campfire accompanied by ever-present S'mores.  Junior Wavus campers also enjoy excursions to the 330-acre Hog Island just a short paddle from the Bremen Landing.  Hog Island expeditions typically include a three hour perimeter hike as well as educational exploration and discovery opportunities not only to gain respect and reverence for the natural world but also to learn how to protect and care for it through Leave-No-Trace workshops.

Learn more about our Environmental Stewardship initiatives.

Hog Island

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As a primer for their larger trip later in the session, these cabins make the short paddle from Kieve’s Bremen Landing to Hog Island.  During their trip, they explore both by land and by sea the sights of Muscongus Bay.  They can hike the perimeter of Hog Island, typically a three hour hike, paddle around the island, enjoy a swim from any of the beaches on the island, and even learn a little about our environment and how to care for it through educational opportunities including Leave-No-Trace workshops.

Learn more about our Environmental Stewardship initiatives at http://kieve.org/eco_ed/index.htm

Camden Hills

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This trip is just a short drive up US Route 1 to Camden Hills State Park in Camden, ME.  From their established base camp, they hike in the southern portion of the park.  After setting up their campsite, they hike Mount Battie, standing 780ft above the West Penobscot Bay below it.  From the summit, they can see Camden to the south, the Bay to the east, and to the north is Mount Megunticook, their hike on day two.  With a good meal that night, they are well prepared for their hike up Mount Megunticook to the turret on top of the 1385ft summit. Groups also check out Maiden Cliffs and take full use of exploring the beach adjacent to their campsite. 

Damariscotta Lake

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This trip leaves straight from the Kieve shores and explores Damariscotta Lake by canoe, camping for the night at Kieve’s Cool Island or Southover properties on the lake. Campers use this trip to practice their camp skills, such as setting up tents, forming relationships with their cabin-mates and making delicious camp food. Of course, there’s plenty to explore on land as well, taking full advantage of the opportunities afforded by the many nature trails at Southover.

 

St. Croix River

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The St. Croix River, in far eastern Maine, serves as the boundary between Canada and the United States. The trip begins with two and a half days of lake paddling on Spednic Lake before portaging around the dam in Vanceboro.  The trip picks up the pace as the river winds its way through both calm and white water to their take-out at the Grand Falls Dam in Kellyland.  Campsites include both mainland and island sites, most of which are a mere stone’s throw from Canada.  Campers have an opportunity to learn about the area and help out with the creation and maintenance of US sites along the way thanks to the help of the St Croix International Waterway Commission.

Allagash Wilderness Waterway Trip

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Hundreds of thousands of adventurers, including Henry David Thoreau, have been thrilled by the natural beauty of the chain of lakes and whitewater rivers in Northern Maine that comprise the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. For almost ten years now Wavus campers and counselors have explored "the Gash". Nobody ever forgets these two weeks of shared experience in unspoiled country, surrounded by moose, bear and deer in the shadow of Mt. Katahdin, Maine's highest peak.  The fourteen day trip includes such highlights as the Mud Pond Portage, the Eagle Lake Tramway, Chase Rapids, Allagash Falls, and many more.

Bigelow Mtn. & Moose River

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This ten-day trip takes campers into one of the most remote regions of Maine.  The trips begins with the group establishing a base camp for two nights in the Bigelow Mountains. Here, they have the opportunity to complete hikes up Burnt and Bigelow Mountain, as well as cool off in the refreshing Flagstaff Lake.The river portion begins with a bang, more specifically with a one mile portage from Attean Lake into Holeb Pond. From there the route moves down the Moose River as it makes a gradual counterclockwise loop back into Attean Lake. Along the way are a few small portages around falls, stretches of white water, and occasional moose sightings for those campers quiet enough not to spook them. From Attean Pond the river winds through the town of Jackman and down into Long Lake where we take out. The trip concludes with a day's rafting experience on the mighty Kennebec River.

White Mountains

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Each trip to the White Mountains National Forest is unique. While the goal of every camper is to successfully climb Mt. Washington, weather conditions determine which climbs are possible. Hikes in the area in addition to Mount Washington include Glenn Boulder, Glenn Ellis Falls, Wildcat Mountain, and Mount Madison.  Clearly, the area abounds in possibilities, and almost every trip includes a visit to Emerald Pool for a cooling dip.  After four nights at Dolly Copp Campground, the group returns to Wavus undoubtedly telling tales of high winds on Mount Washington.

Mountains of the Moosehead Lake Region

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Six days of camping in the Maine’s scenic and historic Moosehead Lake Region.  Maine’s largest lake, Moosehead Lake sits at the edge of the North Woods and provides numerous opportunities for hikes both to mountain summits and to beautiful gorges and waterfalls. Hikes to be included in this trip are Big Moose and Little Moose Mountains, Eagle Rock, Big Spencer Mountain, Gulf Hagas, and the Elephant Mountain B-52 Crash Site.  There are plenty of other options to choose from for hikes in the area and of course there will be time to enjoy a dip (or two) in the lake!

 

Allagash Wilderness Waterway

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Hundreds of thousands of adventurers, including Henry David Thoreau, have been thrilled by the natural beauty of the chain of lakes and whitewater rivers in Northern Maine that comprise the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. For almost ten years now Wavus campers and counselors have explored "the Gash". Nobody ever forgets these two weeks of shared experience in unspoiled country, surrounded by moose, bear and deer in the shadow of Mt. Katahdin, Maine's highest peak.  The fourteen day trip includes such highlights as the Mud Pond Portage, the Eagle Lake Tramway, Chase Rapids, Allagash Falls, and many more.

The Long Voyage

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Heading out from the shores of Moosehead Lake near Cown Cove, ME, Long Voyage heads off into some of the most remote sections of Maine.  Their journey takes them from Cown Cove up Moosehead Lake, across the Northeast Carry (a 2.25mile portage), down the West Branch of the Penobscot River to Chesuncook Lake.  From Chesuncook, they paddle up Black Pond and the Horserace rapids to Round Pound and portage into Allagash Lake.  Their journey continues into Chamberlain Lake, through Telos Lake and then shuttles around Webster Brook to Grand Lake Matagamon.  From Grand Lake Matagamon, they paddle down the East Branch of the Penobscot River, taking out near the town of Medway.  This 18 day journey is capped off on the final day with a guided whitewater rafting trip on the West Branch of the Penobscot River where they paddle several Class IV and V rapids including the Exterminator, the Cribworks, and Nesowadnehunk Falls (aka Lose Your Lunch Falls).

Appalachian Trail

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For Wavus’ oldest and most experienced girls, this 22-day trip along the Appalachian Trail covers some of the most rugged terrain in Maine, and along the entire trail for that matter.  Along the way, groups will traverse the Hundred Mile Wilderness, the longest stretch of the AT without a resupply point, cross the Kennebec River by canoe ferry, and summit the many peaks along the trail, stopping of course for a few breathtaking vistas and a few swims in the cool mountain rivers and ponds along the trail. This trip is physically challenging, environmentally stimulating, rewarding and fun.  This trip is divided into four “legs” with one day off between legs two and three.  Following the lead of many thru-hikers, this day off will include a one-night stay at a local establishment along the trail, a hot shower, a great meal prepared and cleaned by someone other than themselves, and even a guided Moose Safari from a local Registered Maine Guide.