Fifteen-year-old campers at Pine Island have the option of participating in our traditional camp program, which offers rigorous senior camping trips and the oppportunity to achieve the highest level of skill development in the camp activities that interest them. For fifteen- and sixteen-year-olds who are looking for a new opportunity and leadership training, we offer Expedition Camp, an intensive program that teaches boys trip planning and takes them on extended canoe and hiking trips. Boys need not have attended Pine Island previously to enjoy Expedition Camp.
Led by two experienced counselors, Expedition Campers train for and complete two long camping trips. The first trip is a 15-day canoe trip on the Penobscot, Allagash and St. John Rivers. The second is a 10-day hike on Vermont's Long Trail. In between, Expedition Campers participate in regular activities at Pine Island and complete a five-day service project either on Whitehead Island or on Great Pond. While at Pine Island, Expedition Campers and their counselors live near the landing on the camp's mainland property. They are housed in two recently renovated cabins; one is a bunkhouse and the other serves as a facility for gathering, planning and socializing.
A key component of the Expedition Camp program is leadership training. Boys are given the opportunity to lead the group several times on both the canoe trip and the hiking trip. Their leadership skills are critiqued during the trip by the trip leaders. It is the first step many boys take toward eventually becoming effective counselors at Pine Island.