"Our sons have learned that trying new things is just as important as competition,
and they return home with new self-confidence in all that they've accomplished."
—Pine Island Parent
40 canoe, kayak, and hiking trips go out from Pine Island each summer,
taking boys from the summits of New Hampshire's White Mountains to the
border river between Maine and New Brunswick. For the youngest campers
there are two- or three-day trips to learn fundamental camping skills,
while older, more experienced boys may go for as long as a week into
Each boy chooses his trips with
guidance from the staff. Easier trips are offered early in the summer
to build stamina and confidence. Much of the preparation takes place in
the woodcraft program at camp, where fire building, first aid, and
cooking skills are taught to all campers to make them comfortable and
capable of contributing on trips.
and community cooperation are developed and strengthened on the trail,
where a group of eight boys and two counselors depend on each other to
perform well. At least one counselor on each trip is licensed by the
State of Maine as a trip leader, and at least one staff member on each
trip also has the Wilderness First Responder certification.
boys are expected to act maturely and help younger campers learn the
basics. Campers are taught from the beginning to respect the privacy of
other hikers, and for this reason Pine Island has a solid reputation
with trail supervisors.
Pine Island also offers trips of an educational nature, most notably to our saltwater outpost on a coastal island.
A life-saving station in the 1800s, the island is still home to an
active lighthouse as well as many acres of undeveloped forest, tide
pools, and clam flats. Here boys learn about Maine's coastal history,
flora and marine fauna, and sample Maine lobster straight from the pot.