ALL Ages-11-to-13 Ages-12-to-14 Ages-13-to-15 Ages-14-to-16 Ages-15-to-18 Ages-6-10 Ages-9-to-10 Ages-9-to-11 Capstone Climbing-and-Caving Day-Camp Introductory Mountain-Biking Multi-Element NEW Ocean Rites-of-Passage SPACE-OPEN Whitewater Wilderness-Skills
In Search of Lost Caverns
Sun Jul 7 - Sat Jul 20, 2024
(14 days)
Ages 13 - 15

Warning: Caving requires a love of tight, dark, wet, muddy spaces as well as a thirst for adventure and discovery of secret places. Students should be physically fit to carry an overnight backpack up and back down the mountain with a smile!
 
There is no adventure sport more secretive and alluring than caving. Hidden deep in the Berkshire Hills are miles of underground passages with hidden entrances off the beaten track. Many of these caves were just discovered within the past 10 years! We begin the week at Kroka Village exploring abandoned mines and practicing vertical rope skills. From here we head west and establish a wilderness camp at the base of Mount Greylock. With map and compass and our traveling gear we will set out each day to explore the region's known caves and search for those that have not yet been found. We will swim in pristine waterfalls, descend into abandoned quarries, and visit natural marble bridges. We will cook delicious meals over the fire, share stories, and learn a wilderness craft. The journey ends with a 3-day expedition to a mountain peak, an exciting day of multi-pitch climbing, and a day-trip through one of the longest and most notorious caves in the Northeast.

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White Mountain Multi-Element Expedition
Sun Jul 14 - Sat Jul 27, 2024
(14 days)
Ages 13 - 15

The White Mountains are famous for their dramatic rocky summits and steep valleys, and boast the highest peaks in the northeast. This exciting multi-sport adventure connects many hidden gems of the Whites and introduces students to all of Kroka’s core adventure sports. We begin at Kroka Village preparing food and equipment for our extended expedition. Setting off on foot, we follow the Appalachian Trail up and over Mount Moosilauke (elevation 4,802) and down to a network of old logging roads perfect for practicing map and compass navigation. Switching from backpacks to mountain bikes, we travel for three days along stunning singletrack bike trails to the headwaters of the Pemigewasset River. Here we find canoes awaiting ready for a paddle down the swiftly-flowing river that takes us to the foot of one of the most famous rock climbing crags in New England. Along the way we will be rewarded with breathtaking views, practice low impact camping, and study geography, geology and ecology of the Eastern Alpine.

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Bridge to Kroka
Sun Jul 14 - Sat Jul 20, 2024
(7 days)
Ages 13 - 15

Experience the thrill of adventure and wilderness while creating a close circle of new friends. This program is designed as an introduction to Kroka and will cover the basics of our curriculum: navigation, backpacking, canoeing, camp craft, and rock climbing. After two days of "Kroka 101" training at our base camp, we will depart for our journey by foot and paddle, experiencing the beauty of the wilderness as we swim, craft, and spend evenings by the campfire. This program is designed as a bridge for students who are new to Kroka's expedition lifestyle, and participants will be able to enter any intermediate Kroka program with competence and confidence.

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Wild Confidence: Young Women's Leadership Expedition
Sun Jul 21 - Sat Aug 10, 2024
(21 days)
Ages 15 - 18

Young women leaders! We invite those ready for a wilderness voyage with a strong focus on skill-building, craft, community, and personal growth. We begin at the Kroka basecamp where we will ready ourselves for the journey and make some of our own expedition gear. We’ll then set out for the rugged northern Appalachian Mountains to paddle the remote lakes and wild rivers of northern Maine. Following ancient canoe routes of the Penobscot and Allagash we emerge at Grand Lake Matagamon to exchange our boats for backpacks. Next we will circumnavigate Mount Katahdin, the stunning heart of Baxter State Park. If Pamola, the legendary spirit of Katahdin, allows safe passage, we will climb this great mountain and descend strengthened and transformed by the incredible journey. With Wild Confidence we will cultivate our skills as leaders in community and in our own lives.

This is a Capstone Expedition which includes some pre-program student meetings and preparation.

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Bushwhack!
Sun Jul 21 - Sat Aug 3, 2024
(14 days)
Ages 15 - 18

Bushwhackers should be prepared to leave the comforts of civilization far behind. 

Join us for a bushwhacking and canoeing trip rooted in the ancient traditions of wilderness travel. We begin by backpacking through a great wilderness, living by the customs of native peoples of the north woods. Here we will learn to rely on the forest to provide the resources we need. We will make fire by friction, forage for wild food, drink clear water from the rocks and build shelter from found materials. We will make traditional crafts from wood and leather and cook delicious meals over the open fire, sustaining ourselves and the Earth in reciprocity. Coming down off the mountain we reach a glistening waterway where canoes await. Equipped with poles and paddles, we will travel through the seldom-traversed waterways of New England, the ancient canoe routes of times long ago. Bushwhack is a journey of self-discovery, deep connection, and finding a forever home for yourself in nature.

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Caves, Cliffs and Waterfalls
Sun Jul 28 - Sat Aug 3, 2024
(7 days)
Ages 11 - 13

Don't miss this unique adventure that combines rock climbing and underground exploration! Our expedition begins with a hike to an impressive rock face hidden deep in the woods. After a day and a half of climbing, we will continue our hike, ending at a spectacular waterfall. Refreshed by plunging into crystal clear pools it is time for caving! We will search the woods for caverns that take us deep into the glittering underground world. As we gain experience, we will scurry through tunnels, wade through underground streams, and witness beautiful rock formations that showcase millions of years of geologic history. To wash off the cave mud, we will spend our afternoons swimming in a mountain river and at our wilderness camp learning to live in harmony with nature.  Each day concludes with campfire stories and songs.

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Community Leadership Adventure
Sun Aug 11 - Sat Aug 17, 2024
(7 days)
Ages 15 - 18

Join us on a service-learning adventure rooted in community connections, sustainable living, and the good feeling that comes from giving back. We begin the week at Kroka where we will help on the farm and discover the joys of hard work and simple living: a meal cooked entirely from fresh ingredients; a swim in the cold pond in the afternoon. From here we set off on a journey to help neighbors in need and serve our community. Traveling by bicycle under our own power we will visit local leaders, elders, and artisans, each of whom has something to teach us. Every encounter is a gift and we will give back through our labor as we hammer, saw, sow and harvest, growing our capacity to serve and finding joy in simple living. At night we will camp in beautiful places, swim in pristine swimming holes, and form the bond that comes from living together. 
 

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