Early Monday morning, three groups of 10-Day Adventure Camp girls arrived at Fourth Debsconeag Lake and settled into their new yurt homes. They have been busy ever since: swimming at the waterfront, receiving canoe instruction, exploring the lake by paddle, and learning how to read topo maps and use a compass. During their “down time,” the girls and their trip leaders made up games, caught frogs, enjoyed blueberry pancakes for breakfast, and sang songs.
Today a group of Maine Woods Explorers joined the Fourth Debs community and quickly made the yurts their new home. After their Polar Bear dip, they will join the 10-Day Adventurers for a hike up the Cliff Trail with hopes of picking enough wild blueberries for a blueberry bake-off this evening.
The Allagash Canoe group traveled to Lobster Stream today and paddled down the West Branch of the Penobscot River to Thoreau Island, where they will camp for the night. From there they will continue down the West Branch to Chesuncook Lake and on to Caucmogomoc Lake. Meanwhile, another group of Maine Woods Explorers, the St. Croix River group, traveled to Baxter State Park today to camp at Nesowadnehunk Lake. They will set up base camp for a few days and prepare for their hike up Doubletop Mountain on Wednesday. They’ll spend most of this week in Baxter State Park before moving on to Chewonki’s Big Eddy Campground on the West Branch, where they will enjoy the beautiful scenery while practicing canoe skills before transitioning to the St Croix.
The air is full of laughter, story, and song. All are looking forward to spending time together, getting to know each other and themselves a little better from having shared these special camp times.
-Nancy Kennedy, Visiting Director of Girls Program Development