This 10-day paddling and hiking trip for teens is the perfect outdoor sampler, loaded with activities both in the mountains and on the water. Whether you are new to the outdoors or have camped your whole life, NEMC offers something for everyone. Challenge your skills on a ropes course, hike to fantastic views in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, raft the Kennebec River, and paddle sea kayaks along the Maine coast. This program is ideal for those who want to test the waters of outdoor adventure or for those who simply have a busy summer but still want to fit in some outdoor fun. Whatever the case, NEMC is a great way to explore New England and try out something new!
Ropes Course & Hiking the White Mountains
Our first full day together will be spent with certified instructors on a ropes course where we’ll work on team building skills and get to know one another. Next we’ll head north to New Hampshire’s White Mountains for some spectacular day-hiking in the Presidential Range. We’ll set out on a variety of hikes, many taking us above tree line where we’ll eat lunch in beautiful alpine meadows with breathtaking views. We’ll discover hidden waterfalls, make a summit attempt of Mt. Washington, New England’s highest peak, swim in cool mountain streams, and keep an eye out for moose and other wildlife.
Rafting the Kennebec & Sea Kayaking
From the White Mountains, we’ll head northeast for Maine’s Kennebec River. With our professional guides we’ll spend an exciting day whitewater rafting the rapids of this great New England river. Our last stop on trip will take us to Maine’s coast where we’ll spend a final day together sea kayaking. We’ll paddle along Maine’s rocky coast, explore the islands, and picnic at water’s edge. The grand finale of our trip will be a festive farewell dinner in historic Portland, Maine before heading back to the Boston area to meet parents. A perfect ending to the perfect New England camping adventure!
Please see our General FAQ page for many more frequently asked questions and answers!
How physically challenging is NEMC?
Given a rating of Challenge Level 3 (out of a maximum of 10), we consider NEMC to be a beginner hiking trip that any moderately fit, motivated student can successfully complete. Compared to similar hiking trips, we believe that NEMC is slightly less challenging than Colorado’s Rocky Mountains (mostly because CRM includes the added element of hiking at higher altitudes), as well as Maine’s Downeast Explorer. Please note that all of Apogee’s Challenge Levels are not scientific and are subjectively calculated by the Apogee staff.
How much weight will my child carry on the hiking portions of this trip?
Not a lot. Your child will be carrying between five and ten pounds during their longer hikes, composed mostly of an extra layer of clothes, rain gear, water, and snacks.
Is there any “backcountry” hiking on this trip?
In a word, no. All of the hiking on our NEMC trip is on established and frequently-used trails. Some of the hiking does include trails that are more than one hour from definitive care (this is the usual definition of “backcountry” hiking). That said, our NEMC groups camp in established campgrounds every night and students can expect regular access to running water and showers.
Aside from the trip cost, what are the additional expenses for this trip?
Apogee’s tuition costs are meant to be all inclusive and include all meal, accommodation, and activity fees. The most significant additional expenses on our New England Mountains & Coast trip will include flights (if necessary) to Boston and from Portland, ME, a sleeping bag and sleeping pad, and hiking boots.
What does the community service portion of this trip entail?
Our service projects vary from year to year, but most NEMC groups volunteer with one of a number of Maine-based organizations; they may spend a morning sorting food items with the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program, volunteer at a local farm, or help the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust with trail maintenance on one of their preserves. Your child can expect 3-5 hours of community service.