For students who are interested in adventure sports training and practicing Kroka’s lifestyle in the middle of a busy vacation destination.
Join us for an extraordinary week of adventure sports, sun and sand at the amazing ocean of Cape Cod. This trip is a must! In partnership with our friend, Eric Gustafson of Fun-Seekers, we will surf on surfboards and kayaks, windsurf when the winds allow, swim and take Voyageur canoes across the Bay to Provincetown for dinner and ice cream. Camping in the forest of the Massachusetts Audubon Sanctuary we will mountain bike on single tracks to our daily destinations. Proven to be a fantastic experience, this trip is an awesome way to start your summer.
For beginner buccaneers
Ahoy! Bring your bandanas and your fearless sense of adventure as we take to the water as a band of scruffy pirates. We begin our adventure at Kroka Village making eye patches, a pirate flag and preparing for our expedition. With all of our provisions, we will head north to the infamous Lake Champlain. Traveling in our handmade voyageur canoes we will create a wilderness outpost for the week. The Champlain Valley holds an immense history, which we’ll learn about as we travel through waters filled with more than 300 shipwrecks. Each day we will embark on a mini-adventure: exploring the coastline by canoe, going for long swims, creating wilderness crafts, scrambling up rocks, fishing from shore, cliff jumping, and sailing the “sea”, weather permitting. We will enjoy magnificent sunrises over the Green Mountains and admire the spectacular skylines of the Adirondacks. Come join our rowdy band!
A rough, wild line that few sail, and fewer kayak. Dramatic cliffs and prominent tides. Paddling towards Canada, sometimes with the water, and sometimes against it. The name of our coast speaks for itself. After honing our sea kayaking and expedition skills along tamer sections of the Maine coastline, we will set off to thrive along the easternmost miles of the U.S. coastline, where humanity historically hasn’t settled and thrived, and find what little nubs of shore we can to land in for the night. We’ll dive into the sparse human 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!
Come build a wooden boat with cedar ribs and canvas skin: a 16-foot wood canvas canoe in the style of the Prospecteurs. After a day of preparation at Kroka, we will travel to Northwoods Canoe Company in Atkinson, Maine. The next week is spent building a boat under the skilled eye of master canoe builder, Rollin Thurlow. We learn to plane gunwhales, clink nails, steam-bend ribs, stretch canvas, and fit the transom. There will also be time for swimming, paddling, and exploring the northern forests, mountains, lakes, and rivers. When our canoe is complete we travel to the ancient waterway of the Penobscot River, the ancestral home of the Penobscot Nation, which we will follow all the way out into the ocean for our boat’s maiden voyage. Learning the indigenous story of relationship between people and place, we will spend a day with Penobscot guides on Sugar Island focused on native plants and crafts, visit the Penobscot reservation on Indian Island, eat a traditional meal, and learn basketry and other crafts. An exciting day of white water below Indian Island will bring us to where the river become tidal and our rhythms shift to paddle with the tides, sail with the wind, and navigate between islands and through fog. We will learn practical leadership skills, become expert ocean navigators, and learn to set camp on the rocky shores and inlets of the spectacular Deer Isle Archipelago. Through it all, we share in the hard work and simple joys of our salty, nomadic life.
For novice - intermediate buccaneers
Come one and all for a two-week treasure-hunting adventure! We will form our crew and head to the coast of Maine where we will take to the sea in voyageur canoes modeled after those that have been navigating northern waters for thousands of years. On the first day, we will travel a short distance across a sheltered bay to our first wilderness island home. We will sail from camp to camp, practice fire building, and create wilderness crafts. There will be islands to overtake and explore, coves to brave cold waters in, and tidal pools to investigate. We will forage for mussels, fish for mackerel, and harvest shells and special seaweed. Everyone will come away from this week having witnessed beautiful sunsets and made lasting new friendships. Sign up to uncover some of the mysteries of the sea!