This course, designed for teens, will include two expeditions: a backpacking journey and a sailing adventure.
Most of the backpacking will take place in the White Mountain National Forest, the Carter-Mahoosuc Range and along the Appalachian Trail. These spruce-fir and hardwood forests are home to hundreds of species of birds as well as moose, deer and black bear. You might find yourself climbing up some of Maine's highest peaks such as Old Speck or Goose Eye.
Maine's coast, with its 3,000 islands and 3,500 miles of shoreline, is one of the last intact coastal wildernesses in North America. You will learn to sail in this beautiful cruising ground, where thousands of islands and secluded coves offer safe harbor and prime opportunities to practice the art of sailing. Our wooden pulling boats are exceptionally sea-worthy in all kinds of weather, and they can go where cruising boats can't.
You will complete a short initial expedition to get oriented then return to base, re-provision and set sail for a longer stretch. But of course, actual itineraries are based on weather, tides and length of expedition. You will learn to sail a 30-foot, ketch-rigged sailboat in Penobscot Bay. Our vessels are called “pulling boats”; when there is no wind you “pull” on the oars.
They are very seaworthy, fun to sail and are perfect vehicles for an Outward Bound adventure. You learn the art of sailing, navigating and living aboard a small open boat, occasionally getting off to run or explore an island. You will live close together using only human and wind power as propulsion. At night, when it is time to bed down, you will spread out the oars and sleep on top of them with pads.
The second half of your course will move inland to travel various trails in the Western Maine or the Eastern New Hampshire mountains. You will sometimes venture off-trail using your map and compass to navigate. Your pack will weigh between 45 and 60 pounds. The route will include several alpine peak ascents, where you will hike to a rocky summit and gaze at the trees in the valleys below you.
During your course, you will have the opportunity to participate in at least one service project. All courses will spend some time on land to stretch your legs, go for a run and spend a day rock climbing. We typically end our courses with a Final Challenge Event—an individual final physical push. This might take the form of a run or a triathlon followed by an invigorating jump into the dip hole.
To apply for this course click the apply button next to the course dates that work for you. The non-refundable application fee of $125 is due at the time of application. For full fee schedule and process, click here. Course tuitions listed do not include our application fee or transportation fee.