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Acadia Teen Camps

For campers entering 8th, 9th, 10th, or 11th grades

Our Acadia Teen Camps change each camp season. We are in the process of posting the updated list. Most of the camps are listed below but not all the descriptions have been completed yet.

Acadia Teen Camps is presented by Acadia Leadership Institute (ALI) at Camp Beech Cliff (CBC) for teens entering grades 8th through 11th. Acadia Teen Camps are one-week day camp programs, some with one to three night overnight components. Acadia Teen Camps are created to cater specifically to the interests, independence and social dynamic of young teens and broaden exploration of the surrounding beauty of Acadia National Park and great state of Maine.

Week 1: June 17 – 21

Teen Camp @CBC

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Grades 8th-10th

Come to camp, teen-style! for a week of camp activities, daily camper choice, and dynamic leadership and teambuilding with your peers (...pssst... that's parent-speak for having fun with your camp friends).  This summer Courtney Imken will lead each Teen Camp @ CBC (returning campers will remember Courtney from performing arts). Courtney will work with you and your peers' interests to customize a week of camp activities but count on some time on the ropes courses, stand-up paddleboarding and many creative outlets. Show off your skills and help decide which activity lesson your group will teach the Starburst campers one afternoon and help pick a service project to make an impact! Cost: $230/$345


Week 2: June 24 – 28

Teen Camp@CBC (see description under Week One)

All the News

Grades 8th-11th

Cost: $280/$395

 

Island Adventurers

Grades 8th-11th

Can’t decide on one great Acadia Activity? No problem! This week has it all: Sea Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Biking, Hiking, Swimming, and more! You will travel around MDI trying a different activity every day to become a fearless adventurer. Say “See ya Later!” to your parents Thursday morning because we’ll be camping under the stars with your tight group of teens in Acadia on the final night of the week!  Cost: $420/$535

CIT – Training Week


Week 3: July 1 – 5 

(Note: There is no camp on Thursday, July 4th)

Teen Camp@CBC 
(see description under Week One)

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Radio Times: Amateur Radio Camp

Grades 6th-11th

Before there were cellphones, computers, and even televisions, there was radio!  Join local Amateur radio enthusiasts and emergency personnel as we dive deep into one of our oldest and most reliable forms of communication.  Build your own transistor radio, go on a hunt for a hidden beacon, and maybe even speak to someone on the other side of the globe.  It’s adventure on the air waves for one week only. Cost: $225/$315

Whatever Floats Your Boat

Grades 8th-11th

Splash! Through inflatable kayaking, hiking, camping, and whitewater rafting, you’ll explore the wilderness of Maine. After spending the first few days boating and swimming on the water around Acadia, you’ll take off camping and exploring Northern Maine for two nights near The Forks. This area is not named after the utensils you’ll use for the tasty campfire cuisine, but instead a confluence of rivers that you’ll paddle in inflatable kayaks and rafts. Experience the whitewater of the Kennebec River gorge with a certified rafting guide and photograph wildlife as you picnic along the river. Join us on these friendly and courageous expeditions!  Note: This camp is in session on July 4th  Cost: $420/$535

CIT – Apprenticeship


Week 4: July 8 – 12

Teen Camp@CBC 
(see description under Week One)

To Be Announced Camp

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Cliff Hangers: Rock Climbing in Acadia

Grades 8th-11th

Join us in the vertical world and give rock climbing a try! This week is for beginner and experienced climbers alike. Basic belaying and rappelling skills will be instructed and refined while teams of teens tackle the iconic sea cliffs and rock faces of Acadia. All instruction is provided by nationally recognized and certified climbing guides. Cost: $420/$535

CIT – Apprenticeship


Week 5: July 15 – 19

Teen Camp@CBC 
(see description under Week One)

Junior Firefighters

Grades 6th-11th

Suit up like a real firefighter! Members of Mount Desert, Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor, and Tremont Fire Department crews will train participants in basic firefighting techniques and skills. This is a great hands-on experience for anyone interested in learning the techniques and tricks of the trade.

Training topics include: Firefighting Extinguishers and Equipment, Search and Rescue, Hydrant Maintenance and Truck Checks, Emergency Medical Care, Fire Prevention, and Dispatch and Communications. The week will culminate with a muster: a fun competitive relay of all the skills that have been taught throughout the program, featuring a rousing game of fire hose soccer! Cost: $230/$345

Junior Firefighter Camp is sponsored by The Bar Harbor Fire Department

Island Adventurers

Grades 8th-11th

Can’t decide on one great Acadia Activity? No problem! This week has it all: Sea Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Biking, Hiking, Swimming, and more! You will travel around MDI trying a different activity every day to become a fearless adventurer. Say “See ya Later!” to your parents Thursday morning because we’ll be camping under the stars in Acadia on the final night of the week!  Cost: $420/$535

CIT – Training week


Week 6: July 22 – 26

Teen Camp@CBC 
(see description under Week One)

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Nimbus Dance Camp

Fundamental Moves: Hip Hop and Contemporary Dance with Nimbus Dance Works

Grades 4th-11th

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Secret Swim Holes of Acadia

Grades 8th-11th

Do you want to discover the best secret swimming holes on the island? This week, we will hike to some of the greatest swimming spots of Acadia and explore these cool pools. Come join us as we embark on a different adventure everyday that ends with a refreshing splash!  Cost: Cost: $305/$415

Sponsored by Friends of Acadia

CIT – Apprenticeship


Week 7: July 29 – August 2

Teen Camp@CBC 
(see description under Week One)

Podcasting Camp

Grades 8th-11th

So You Want to Build a Podcast? Podcasting is about sharing, learning and understanding the lives of the people and community all around us. The Podcasting Specialty Camp provides a media platform for the diverse voices, ideas and values of campers and their community. Participants will have the opportunity to work in an Island studio and will receive instruction and hands-on training in all phases of production from technology and equipment, to content development, recording, editing and broadcasting. Let your voice be heard at the CBC Podcasting Specialty Camp! Instructor: Matt Morehouse Cost: $280/$395

Chasing Waterfalls

Grades 8th-11th

Cost: $420/$535

CIT – Apprenticeship


Week 8: August 5 – 9

Teen Camp@CBC 
(see description under Week One)

JMG: Whittling & Wilderness Survival

Grades 6th-11th

What would you do if you had to survive in the woods with nothing but your backpack and the natural materials that surround you? With this camp, you will learn the ways of whittling, including knife safety, proper technique, and the art of carving. You will learn to master the skill of navigation by reading a map and compass to discover hidden treasures around camp. You will become a warrior of the wilderness as you learn to purify water and create gadgets that will help you survive in a real-life wilderness survival situation. On Thursday after camp, join us for a cookout to celebrate becoming a warrior of the wilderness! Pickup is at 8pm.  Cost: $280/$385

Junior Maine Guide Camps are sponsored by Machias Savings Bank

POWER HUNGRY? STRATEGY GAMES CAMP

Grades 6th-11th

Have you ever wanted to conquer the world, become a rich executive or escape from a distant planet? Do you want to work with a team of your friends or go it alone? You can do all of this at Strategy Game Camp.  Come join us and  learn to play a variety of strategy games from chess and Risk to Railroad Tycoon and Forbidden Desert. Some of the games will be competitive and some will be cooperative. After learning the rules of a game we will play, evaluate our performance, and perhaps play again. All levels are welcome from beginners to experts! Instructor: Judson Raven of Ellsworth High School Cost: $280/$395

GEOCACHING Camp

Grades 8th-11th

Cost: $280/$395

CIT – Training Week


Week 9: August 12 – 16

Teen Camp@CBC 
(see description under Week One)

Week One of Acadia Community Theater Camp

Grades 6th-11th

Cost: $280/$395

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Circus Superstar - The Big Show!

Grades 4th-11th

And now, for the moment we’ve all been waiting for… a SECOND WEEK of Circus Superstar! This specialty camp week is open for campers who have completed one week of circus superstar (previous years count!). In this second week you will take it to the next level and master more skills in preparation to perform in your very own spectacular show Friday afternoon, leaving friends and family mindblown. Improve at familiar skills such as plate spinning, stilt walking, and aerial silks, as well as learn new stunts from circus professionals Joshua and Sora!

Circus Superstar is designed for EVERYBODY! CirqOvation coaches are highly trained circus professionals who only want success for participants. Skills are presented in a nurturing, non-competitive environment and are tailored to each individual’s ability. This camp combines physical education, creativity, AND a place where lasting friendships are built. There is something for everyone! So come on out and become the next CIRCUS SUPERSTAR!  Cost: $305/$415

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Secret Swim Holes of Acadia

Grades 8th-11th

Do you want to discover the best secret swimming holes on the island? This week, we will hike to some of the greatest swimming spots of Acadia and explore these cool pools. Come join us as we embark on a different adventure everyday that ends with a refreshing splash!  Cost: $305/$415

Sponsored by Friends of Acadia

CIT – Apprenticeship

 


Week 10: August 19-23

Week Two of Acadia Community Theater Camp

Grades 6th-11th

Cost: $280/$395

Teen Camp@CBC (see description under Week One)

CIT – Apprenticeship (see description after Week Ten)