EcoVenture Youth Camp
Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust and EcoVenture is looking forward to another action-packed season in the great outdoors and we cannot wait to share it with you!
EcoVenture is about having fun outdoors while learning how to protect the lakes, mountains, rivers and forests in our backyard. Guided by our dedicated staff, the activities will:
- Engage the hearts of campers as they explore and connect to the natural world.
- Develop a stewardship ethic as campers begin to understand the impacts their choices have upon the rest of our natural world.
- Educate and encourage campers to be physically active and make healthy choices around what they eat and drink.
- Promote the development of team building and problem solving skills.
New in 2017 is the EcoVenture Family Survival Guide that provides parents and guardians with the information they need to prepare their campers for camp! Registration forms are now included in the Family Survival Guide.
The Ed and Patty Kfoury EcoVenture Scholarship was founded in 2014 to provide long-tern financial stability to EcoVenture. Families who live and work in the Rangeley community are encouraged to apply for a scholarship if cost is an obstacle to their camper attending. Download the Kfoury Scholarship Application here.
Each day at camp is action-packed! Engaging in new age appropriate adventures each day, campers forge new friends and explore the natural world. They will be hiking, playing and exploring in the woods and waters, canoeing, kayaking, swimming and much more.
Programming for 2017:
|Week 1||July 5 - 8||Leave No Trace||*Week One EcoVenture will run Wednesday through Friday|
|Week 2||July 11 - 14||Outdoor Skills|
|Week 3||July 18 - 21||Outdoor Skills||Bobcat Overnight - Magalloway Paddlng Trip|
|Week 4||July 25 - 28||Sustainability||Black Bear Overnight - Aziscohos Kayaking Overnight|
|Week 5||August 1 - 4||Stewardship||Bobcat Overnight -TBD (View 2016's Appalachian Trail Wilderness Trip)|
|Week 6||August 8 - 11||Outdoor Skills|
EcoVenture campers are divided into groups by their age and grade in school.
- Grasshoppers (entering 1st grade)
- Brookies (entering grades 2 and 3)
- Hawks (entering grade 4)
- Black Bears (entering grade 5)
- Bobcats (entering grades 6-10)
What to Bring
Please label all of your camper(s) belongings with their first and last name.
□ Day pack - everything MUST fit inside
Backpacks with chest and waist straps will provide the best experience for campers
Campers in grades 1–3 should bring 25 l of water
Campers in grades 4 or higher should bring 50 l of water
□ Bagged lunch and snack
Please no lunch boxes or ice packs.
Pack items that do not need to be refrigerated or warmed
Foods like granola bars and trail mix hold up in backpacks and provide a good source of energy.
□ Bathing suit and small towel
Pack a small towel. Larger towels absorb water and weigh down backpacks.
We recommend microfiber towels that pack down, dry quick and are lightweight.
Place these items in a plastic bag that can contain moisture after water activities.
□ Rain jacket
Even on sunny days a rain jacket is great protection from wind.
□ Fleece jacket
Fleece insulates even when wet AND dries quickly.
Avoid cotton as it absorbs moisture from perspiration and from external sources such as rain. Once wet it becomes useless, perpetuating the campers coldness.
□ Sneakers or closed-toe sandals (like Keens)
Campers should not wear open-toe sandals, flip-flops, Crocs or other sandals.
Campers who do not have appropriate footwear will be unable to participate in many of our program areas. Parent/Guardian will receive a call requesting appropriate footwear.
SPF 30 or higher
Even our youngest campers must be able to carry their backpack not only on short walks but long hikes (like Bald Mtn). We remove any unnecessary items before hiking.
Backpacks should NEVER weigh more than 1/3 of the camper’s weight.
We hire our staff for their enthusiasm, creativity, supervision skills and outdoor skills. All employees undergo a thorough background check. We provide staff with intensive training that includes, but is not limited to; child development, safety procedures, First Aid and CPR, risk management and water safety. If you are interested, please submit a resume and letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.