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
On Misty Isles: A Lake Champlain Kayak Expedition
Sun Jun 30 - Sat Jul 13, 2024
(14 days)
Ages 14 - 16

Steeped in history and culture, the blue-green waters of Lake Champlain offer perfect conditions for a long-distance sea kayak expedition. Stretching south-north from Vermont to Canada, the 125-mile-long lake has more than 500 miles of shoreline and 70 islands with protected coves for camping, high cliffs for jumping, and abundant fish to catch.  We begin the week at Kroka Village where we will practice kayaking in the pond, and work on the farm to harvest and prepare food for the journey ahead. Once the hatches are full, we load our sea kayaks and depart for Whitehall, NY - the southernmost point of the lake. Each day we make progress Northward in tune with currents and wind while stopping to swim, visit the Lake's many museums and historical sites, and take in the breathtaking views of the Green Mountains and Adirondacks. At night we make camp on the lakeshore or on its islands, cook dinner over the open fire, and take in the starry night skies. We will revel in the joys of expedition life, tell stories of old times, and if the winds are with us - and we can summon the willpower to do so - complete the end-to-end sea kayak expedition all the way to Canada!

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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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Acadian Crossing: A Sea Kayak Odyssey
Sun Jul 28 - Sat Aug 10, 2024
(14 days)
Ages 14 - 16

Standing sentinel at the farthest outreach of Penobscot Bay, the “Island at the Top” is a secret part of Acadia National Park that few know about and even fewer get to visit.  Our sea-faring tribe will hike to the top of her hills, swim in her fresh-water pools, and scramble the steep rocky outcroppings of her rugged coast – but to reach her shores will require 30 miles of island hopping as our sea kayaks doge the wind, waves, fog, and tidal currents, each testing and building our skills. We’ll dive into the history of the region, of colonial settlers, of lonely lobstermen and shipwrecked boats, of the indigenous who came first, and take in the pristine beauty and nature of Maine's farthest reaches. Come along on an adventurous paddle that is a feather in the cap of any sea kayaker!
 

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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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Forest, Forage and Flame
Sun Aug 11 - Sat Aug 17, 2024
(7 days)
Ages 13 - 15

You cup it gently in your palm, the most powerful force on Earth, the source of life. This miniature sun spun to life with wood gathered from the forest has been enlivened from your gentle breath to become fire. During this adventure we will learn to make fire as was done in ancient ways with friction and flint and steel. As we travel the forest, we will learn to carry the fire with us, and to bring it to life in the wet and rain. Coals from the fire will burn the branches that become our spoons. As we deepen our relationship to this sacred element, we will learn to make, tend, use, celebrate, and care for it. We will come to know Fire as a sacred part of our lives. More than this, traveling through the wilderness will teach us to connect with the living Earth, be it gathering wild edibles or building an overnight shelter. We must all come prepared to carry an overnight backpack through the mountains, leaving modern conveniences behind, and proudly carry our inner flame of community.

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