Camper Connection

Wilderness Tripping Program

Camping trips that explore the woods and waters of New England are an important part of each girl's Wavus experience.  From the youngest to the oldest, every camper engages in multi-day trips that allow them to discover the natural world, their own strengths and limits, and the skills of living and working in a group.  Each girl realizes that there is more grit and grace in herself than she could have imagined prior to the journey. 

Wavus trips are designed so that the least-experienced girl does not feel unduly pushed, yet each camper can be proud of what she has accomplished.  None of our trips requires previous experience and girls receives skill preparation before leaving camp.  As the trip progresses, each girl grows more and more skilled.  Most trip groups include both veteran campers and girls new to the experience.

Our campers return each year knowing full well that a wonderful challenge lies ahead.  In fact, they return because of the challenge!  Wavus girls embrace the adventure, and it is this trip progression that creates a fresh new camp experience each year.  Adventures, ranging from two nights out under the stars for our youngest girls to twenty-two days out on the trail for our oldest campers, allow the girls to experience some of the most celebrated natural areas in the region. 

At Wavus, we plan and train throughout the year to help our staff and campers manage the risks inherent in wilderness travel. The equipment provided by Wavus is designed for both comfort and protection.  Counselors are chosen for their level-headedness, their experience in the outdoors, their desire to share all they have learned, and also for their patience and kindness. Trip leaders are trained and certified in first aid -- either   Wilderness Advanced First Aid or Wilderness First Responder. Finally, though we are sometimes far from home, our trips have the ability to communicate with our Tripping Director back at camp each day.  

Here is our trip schedule:

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Age Cabin Destination Nights Type of Trip Description
and Maps
8-10 Junior Wavus Hog Island 1 Ocean
8-9 Algonquin Camden Hills 2 Hiking
Hog Island / Bremen 1 Ocean
9-10 Mohawk Mt. Blue 1 Hiking
Damariscotta Lake 2 Canoeing
9-10 Cheyenne Mt. Blue 2 Hiking
Damariscotta Lake 2 Canoeing
10-11 Cayuga, Cherokee and Narragansett Hog Island 1 Ocean
White Mountains 4 Hiking
11-12 Omaha, Osage and Ojibway Damariscotta Lake 2 Canoe
St Croix River 5 Canoeing
12-14 Abenaki Damariscotta Lake 1 Canoeing
Moosehead Lake Region 5 Hiking
12-14 Penobscot        
Bigelow Mtn. & Moose River 9 Hiking/Canoeing
13-14 Allagash Allagash Wilderness Waterway 12 Canoeing
14-15 Long Voyage The Long Voyage 17 Canoeing
15-16 Maine Trails

Appalachian Trail

21 Backpacking

At Wavus, we practice and teach our campers the Leave No Trace Principles of outdoor ethics.


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