Adventure + Outdoor Education
One of the great opportunities of summer camp is the chance to explore the outdoors. Situated deep in the Maine woods, Cedar is located near the ocean, mountains, lakes and rivers. Our tripping program ranges from a short hike in the forest around camp looking for moose or deer tracks to 4-day wilderness trips on the Appalachian Trail and in Baxter State Park.
We have a team of day trip staff who lead hikes, nature and canoe trips. Our overnight trips team leads more extensive trips. Some of their options include rock climbing, white water rafting, canoeing and hiking trips exploring some of the great Maine and New Hampshire wilderness. All our boys go on regular trips during the summer with more and longer options becoming available as they get older.
On our property of nearly 300 acres we have 3 wilderness camp sites. Our younger boys get their introduction to camping at these sites . They learn how to build campfires, make smart, star gaze and to sleep out.
Cedar was one of the first camps to have a ropes course and climbing program. We are now on to our third climbing wall. In addition, we have an extensive high and low ropes course to teach individual skill and team building. Plus, the 100-yard zip line is just a lot of fun!
In 2019 we enlarged our nature center with the additional of our nature pond. The pond teems with turtles, tadpoles, crawfish and frogs! The nearby fire pits are used to teach fire building and in the adjacent woods the boys learn to forge for a variety of berries, build emergency shelters, learn how to put up a tents, hammocks and tarps, learn about stars and the night sky and enjoy their time in the nature of Maine.
Being in Maine gives us access to beautiful mountains, oceans, rivers, and lakes. Our trip staff leads all the boys on a variety of trips ranging from an afternoon strawberry picking to a four day three night overnight in Baxter State Park hiking Mt. Katadhin. We also offer day and overnight hikes, day and overnight canoe trips and even go white water canoeing and rafting! The hikes and canoe trips are all selected to be age-appropriate and are led by counselors who are trained as Trip Leaders and in Wilderness First Aid.