We are all climbers in our hearts, whether we scamper across boulders, monkey up trees, or gaze at the tops of cliffs in wide-eyed wonder. This week of adventure will be dedicated to playing above ground. Our first days at the Kroka basecamp will set us to the rhythm of the farm as we care for the animals and pick strawberries. We will rock climb by day and join together in laughter and songs by the campfire at night. At the end of the week, we will journey into the wilderness and set camp at the foot of a tall climbing wall. With boundless opportunities to explore and discover, we will splash in swimming holes, and quest for the most amazing cracks, holds, and chimneys to climb. We will return to basecamp to share our stories and celebrate the joy of climbing rocks!
Join us on an adventure in fishing, crafting, and exploring the hidden secrets of the streams, lakes, and rivers that surround us. We begin the week at Kroka Village where we will carve our own fishing poles, learn to tie our flies, and rig our lines. In the afternoons we will try our luck from shore, testing our patience and our wit while exploring the magical forests that surround us. Then with barrels packed and lines reeled tight, we will head out on a three-day expedition by canoe down one of Vermont’s most famous flyfishing rivers. Each day we’ll paddle and float downstream, learning about currents, eddies, and fish habitat. In the heat of the day we’ll stop to swim and to test the many rope swings and jumping rocks along the river! We will camp in the forest and cook delicious dinners over the fire. We eat what we catch: eager fisherfolk should be excited to catch, gut, clean, and cook their fish! If you’ve fallen hook line and sinker for the adventure of fishing, this expedition is not to be missed!
Wilderness Adventures for Girls is open to female-identified and non-binary participants.
Attention all spirited, fun, and adventurous girls! Come join us as we journey into the outdoors. We will form lasting friendships as we live, play, share stories, and laugh together. We will begin hiking along a river trail to where our canoes will await us. Here we’ll set about paddling across a remote lake reaching a magical hidden cove where we will create our wilderness home. Days will be spent swimming, practicing paddling skills, making wilderness crafts, singing, and exploring the lakeshore to see what lies beyond our camp. In the evenings, gathering together around the campfire to reflect on our experiences will end our days. This fabulous adventure cannot be missed and can be continued on into the future with our Wild Girls program.
Join us in discovering the adventure of backcountry bikepacking! After tuning up our bikes and practicing riding techniques on Kroka’s bike course, we will head into the forest for a week filled with spectacularly wild mountain bike adventures. The rich history of New Hampshire has left our forests full of wondrous dirt trails alongside abandoned root cellars, mines, and wilderness lakes. We will return to Kroka for campfire meals and cozy dwellings during the first half of the week. Our next adventure will be a two-day overnight expedition. Each day will include discovering and playing in wild swimming holes, games, and evening stories by the campfire. In addition to technical riding, students will learn how to take care of their bikes and participate in community service projects. This introductory program is excellent preparation for our Mountain Bike Expeditions!
All you river rascals out there, it’s time to come together and head to the water! This will be a week of canoeing, kayaking, and swimming through currents, around bends, and into eddies. Skill building begins at our very own pond at Kroka base camp, after which we will embark on a four-day river expedition. Kroka’s unique paddling progression is rooted in developing skill and comfort in swimming the moving water as well as paddling both canoes and kayaks. In addition, we will simply soak in the joys of river life. Our afternoons will include camp set-up in the woods or on sandbars, roasting tasty bannocks over the fire, and time for play and discovery. Days end with craftwork, stories, and songs.
For students who have completed Climbing Rocks and those with independent climbing experience. Students should be physically fit to carry an overnight backpack up and back down the mountain with a smile!
Living in the woods, swimming, crafting, and climbing remote cliffs will fill our lives and strengthen our spirits. The first part of the week will be spent reviewing the basic skills of belay techniques, knot tying, and anchor placement. Then it’s off to the peaks of the Adirondack Mountains where we will continue to advance our technical skills. In addition to top roping and bouldering, students will practice following a leader on multi-pitch sport and traditional climbs up to 5.8. At the culmination of the training we will climb a magnificent 2,500-foot slab with breathtaking views all around. Our climbing expedition will end at the foot of the renowned Hudson River Gorge where we will paddle Kroka’s Russian 4-person catarafts down class III and IV rapids. Climbing is not just a sport: it is a way of life in which we connect with nature and our inner selves. Bring your spirit and determination and challenge yourself to take the next step. You are sure to experience the rewarding feelings of accomplishment, pride, and connection.
Kroka’s classic “Introduction to Adventure” program has introduced countless children to the wonders of the wilderness since its inception in 1995. It is the perfect program for campers who are ready to participate in their very first expedition. The week begins at base camp doing useful work around Kroka’s village and the farm. We will go rock climbing, study plants and animals in the forest, and learn new wilderness skills. All of this is in preparation for a three-day mini canoeing expedition during which we settle into the backcountry rhythm of campfire meals, stories, and songs. Days will be filled with swimming, fishing, exploration and crafts. Activities will differ from session to session. This means children can attend both weeks!
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!
In order to sustain human civilization on Earth we need to redefine our relationship to the Living Planet from consumptive to regenerative while transforming human relationships from those of survival of the fittest to those of cooperation. Kroka has been pioneering regenerative practices and cooperative living for the past 27 years and we are excited to share our successes and challenges with you on this Sustainability Adventure! We will begin by settling into life at Kroka village with a reduced ecological footprint. While drawing water from a shallow well, cooking farm-grown food on a fire with the wood we have harvested and composting our manure we will examine water, nutrient and carbon cycles. Each day will have a formal class focusing on Earth systems and regenerative practices, followed by a practical skills workshop ranging from building a healthy compost pile to cooking with seasonal ingredients harvested on our farm. We will take care of our bodies through healthy outdoor living and exercise which will range from swimming and yoga to hiking and climbing. We will develop intentional community through practice of seeing the needs of others. During the second week of the program we will travel by bike visiting many sustainability projects in our local area and camping in nature.
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.
This is an unforgettable week of becoming one with the river! The journey will take us down the beautiful winding stretch of the Connecticut River flowing swiftly through Piedmont – the foot hills of the Green and White Mountains. Skill building begins at Kroka’s pond, after which we will embark on a 4-day expedition to camp at the base of a great rapid. Our unique paddling progression is rooted in understanding the power of moving water and developing skills in raft, canoe, kayak, and stand up paddle board, as well as comfort swimming in fast moving water. In addition, we will simply soak in the joys of river life in the summer. Our afternoons will include camp set-up in the woods and on sandbars, fishing, roasting bread-on-a-stick, and time for rope swings and river play. Days end with spoon carving and stories around the campfire.
This program is appropriate for students who have completed Intro to Whitewater - Level I, or who are ready to start at a higher level of challenge.
This intermediate/advanced level training program is for students who have completed Introduction to White Water and also welcome are those returning to Paddlers Journey Up North for their second or third consecutive year. After spending a day and a half practicing rolling and safety in the pond we will pack our food and gear and depart for the West Branch of the Penobscot River hidden deep in the northwoods of Maine. We will set our base camp at the bottom of Seboomooc Rapids. This stretch of the river is as good as it gets anywhere in the world with classic class II-III drop-pool sequences, gorgeous scenery and warm water. Here, surrounded by a majestic boreal forest, we will train for five days culminating with our infamous adventure race. Next, we will move downstream to the Ripogenus section of the West Branch where the river, much larger now, rolls through such famed drops as Ambejackmockamus and Nesowadnehunk Falls. While advanced students will be ready to kayak and canoe this section, beginner and intermediate students will migrate to the safety of the raft for the larger class IV drops. Our journey would not be complete without a day rock climbing and a pre-dawn ascent of Mount Katahdin, Maine’s highest peak!
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.
Join us for a multi-element challenge of teamwork and trust as we immerse ourselves the world of technical climbing – and learn what to do when things go wrong. We start our week at Kroka Village where we will travel to the local crag to learn about knots and anchors and practice climbing and rappelling. We will study wilderness first aid while preparing for the expedition ahead. With a solid foundation of technical skills, we will set out by foot into the mountains, traveling for several days to a rock face perfect for practice. Here we will set a wilderness a camp at the foot of a cliff and cook delicious meals over the fire. We will fill our days discovering high-angle rescue techniques, pickoffs and haul systems, assists and belays. In the afternoons we will travel to a nearby waterfall to swim and relax in the joys of summer. In addition to strengthening our bodies and making lasting friendships, students will gain a strong technical foundation for a future of climbing or guiding.
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 infamous 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.
Unleash the spirit of competition and fun in Kroka’s first ever summer Adventure Racing expedition! The Adventure Race is a world-famous contest combining multiple adventure sports in a team-navigational challenge. We begin the week at Kroka’s basecamp where we will get our feet wet (literally) with starter race on Kroka’s trails and pond. The following days will be spent practicing the skills needed for our final race: map and compass orienteering, mountain biking, white water paddling, rock climbing, swimming, and friction fire starting. As we explore the forests and river that surround Kroka we will discover amazing hidden swimming holes, carve our own wooden spoons, and cook delicious meals over the fire. The week will culminate in a two-day adventure race that will challenge our bodies, minds, and spirits. Hearts will pound, limbs will ache, lessons will be learned, and memories will last a lifetime. Adventure Racing is a team challenge and students should be excited to work cooperatively with your team. Eager racers should possess excellent physical fitness and come prepared to compete against yourself and bond with your racemates.
Come and play at Kroka Village! Roast bread-on-a-stick over a fire, pick berries, wade in the brook, and float boats downstream! During this exciting week, young campers will join in the life of the farm and garden at Kroka while staying at our base camp in earthen dwellings (also known as “Hobbit Holes”). This is an introductory program aimed at cultivating imagination and wonder. The long summer days will be filled with canoeing, fort building, working on traditional crafts, splashing in the pond, singing and storytelling. Each day we will immerse ourselves in a simple life, spending plenty of time exploring the woods and visiting the animals on the farm. Children of Kroka Village is the perfect experience for young adventurers for whom this is their first time at sleep-away camp.
Bike Girls is open to female-identified and non-binary participants.
Come join the Bike Girls as we journey boldly into the wild places! We will form lasting friendships as we learn the art of mountain biking, with the Green Mountains of Vermont as our home. We will live, play, laugh, and learn the beauty of riding our bicycles, all the while experiencing the magic of living in nature, crafting with our own two hands, and sleeping under the stars. As a pack of wild and adventurous girls, we will practice biking skills, navigate the forest roads and single-tracks, and learn to fix our own bikes, taking home with us new skills as bike mechanics. In the evenings we gather around the fire to share stories and to set our intentions for tomorrow’s adventure. We will come away from this expedition empowered as females, ready to use our new riding muscles to face the challenges and experience the beauty of the world! No previous mountain biking experience is necessary and bikes are available for rent!
From twenty-nine inch fat tires to frame and saddlebags, the sport of bikepacking has evolved from a technical adventure sport into a unique and sustainable way to travel through the landscape. This unique adventure links together several exciting trail networks in New Hampshire’s Piedmont and Southern Green Mountains. Its route, running through the heart of Kroka’s adventure area, has a unique variety of terrain and rich cultural features. After two days of conditioning on local trails and preparing for expedition, we will begin a 10-day journey northwest. Along the way, we will pick berries, cliff-jump in refreshing swimming holes, scramble up rock faces, and share nourishing meals cooked over the fire. We will also face many challenges: ferrying our bikes across the river in a canoe, climbing up a steep rock face, helping neighbors with a service project, and testing our navigation skills as we wind our way from one forest trail to the next. Finally, we will reach a spectacular underground cave, which will test our bravery, skills, and teamwork, inspiring a sense of wonder and awe for the world. On this expedition we will travel more than 100 miles self-sufficiently without getting into a vehicle!
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!
Join us in reliving the time when canoeing was the fastest way to travel, a shelter of bark and leaves was a welcomed home, and berries were the snack of the day. On this expedition we learn to combine the gifts of the land with the modern tools of today. The sun, the land, and our map and compass will guide us on our trip. Once we reach our wilderness camp, we will enjoy sleeping comfortably under the stars. We will study the ancient art of fire by friction, coal-burn wooden spoons, and learn how to cook on an open-fire. When we are ready, we will begin our hike over the mountains and down to the river, opening up new opportunities for paddling, sewing moccasins, swimming, and the myriad of adventures that may cross our paths! As caretakers of the land, we work together, creating a true community. On this journey, we experience a way of life whose roots stretch back thousands of years, but whose skills and philosophy apply to all times.
Come and play on the rocks! This is an adventurous week of scrambling, bouldering, and climbing designed for young explorers eager to reach the top. Living in our cozy campsite in Kroka Village, we will discover the magical world of rock that surrounds us as we crawl through boulder caves, explore abandoned mines, and climb to the tops of cliffs and trees to get the view of the valley below. Hot summer days are perfect for cliff-jumping into the lake or gliding through the current in a river gorge. Our week is complete with a visit to a tall rock face where we will climb for the first time with ropes and harnesses! Each day we will have time to visit the farm animals, and cook delicious food over the fire.
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 on 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.
Prerequisite: Students should be physically fit to carry an overnight backpack up and back down the mountain with a smile!