Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing around in boats.
Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
If there’s a special young person in your life, between the ages of 10 and 14, please consider the NFCT’s Nothern Forest Explorers Program for them this summer. Five days of wilderness paddling under the expert care of a registered guide and accompanied by an environmental educator interning with the NFCT. The cost is fair at $500 for 5 days; some scholarships are also available. No paddling experience is necessary.
Click the Northern Forest Explorers link for additional information and to apply. Down below the photo are quick descriptions of the trips.
Currently, there are openings on all five of the Maine trips, including the 34-mile Moose River Bow Trip near Jackman, which was my first solo wilderness paddling adventure back in 2010. Here are all five options, the third and fourth only open to Maine residents:
July 5-8 – The Moose River Bow Loop Trip led by Adventure Bound
July 18–22 – Western Maine’s Mountains, based on Flagstaff Lake and led by Adventure Bound
August 1–5 – Thoreau’s Maine, led by The Maine Winter Sports Center, paddling the waters of Thoreau’s journeys in The Maine Woods.
August 8–12 – Maine’s Wild Allagash, led by The Maine Winter Sports Center, paddling the Allagash Wilderness Waterway from Umsaskis Lake to Twin Brook.
August 8–12 – Richardson Lake Explorers, led by ELC Outdoors and expanded to include an adventure ropes course and whitewater rafting, based on the Richardson Lakes.
If I was 10 to 14, there’s nothing I’d rather do this summer!