Free youth camps being offered

Sun, 07/07/2019 - 8:15am

Midcoast Conservancy is offering two free camps this summer. Little Dyer Adventure Club returns for another year at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson from July 23 to 25, and the Paddleboard Adventure Camp will be held on Stevens Pond in Liberty from July 16-18.

Adventure Club members ages 8-11 will learn to work and play alongside each other as they develop their sense of adventure. Participants will experience the basics of canoeing, mountain biking, hiking and leave-no-trace camping through structured and thoughtful approaches. The program will be centered around Little Dyer Pond, a 110-acre Great Pond with no public access. Little Dyer is a serene gem and HVNC offers kids an authentic backcountry experience with the convenience of a day program.

Over the course of the three days participants will have the opportunity to learn by challenging themselves in a supportive setting. The instructors will also provide guidance for future adventures by teaching what to pack and how to prepare before heading out on the trail. The hope is that this experience opens the door for a future of exploration and adventure for participants and their families at HVNC and beyond. Participants must be able to ride a two wheeled bike. All equipment is provided by Midcoast Conservancy. To register for this free program, go to https://www.midcoastconservancy.org/events/little-dyer-adventure-club-3/.

Adventure Paddleboard campers will learn both Stand Up Paddleboard skills and safety on beautiful Stevens Pond in Liberty. The camp will include an introduction to SUP skills and safety, paddling games and rescue practice and paddle exploration. Stand up paddleboards, paddles, and PFDs will all be provided. Participants will need to come prepared each day dressed to be outside, with a swimsuit and towel, lunch and a full water bottle.

This camp is open to all Maine youth ages 9-14. Previous experience in these activities is not required. Participants should be comfortable with water and prepared to be physically active during camp. To register for this free program, go to https://www.midcoastconservancy.org/events/paddle-board-adventure-camp-stevens-pond/.