Acadia Teen Camps

For campers entering (7th in some exceptions) 8th, 9th, 10th, or 11th grades

Click here to download the 2017 Teen Camp Brochure

Click here to download the 2017 Teen Camp Brochure

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 20 – 24

Leaders-in-Training through Boating

See descriptions of the Leaders-in-Training programs below Week 10 or click on the link above.

Week 2: June 26 – 30

Island Adventurers

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: $400/$505

Fitness for Young Women

Work out in a fun, energetic way that makes you feel amazing! Dance and sweat to your favorite jams in our exhilarating zumba class or find a sense of inner peace and harmony in our powerful yoga sessions. Spice up your fitness life with fun activities like hula hooping and hip-hop. Join us in this unique workout experience and you will be transformed - no weights, no machines, just YOU! 
Cost: $260/$365

 

Leaders-in-Training through the Arts

CIT – Training Week

Week 3: July 3 – 7 

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

Whatever Floats Your Boat: Whitewater Rafting

Splash! Through inflatable kayaking, hiking, camping, and whitewater rafting, you’ll explore the wilderness of Maine. After spending the first few days on the water around Acadia, the second half of the week will take you camping and exploring the Kennebec River for two nights near The Forks. Join us on these friendly and courageous expeditions! 
Cost: $320/$405

iPhotography

Do you enjoy taking photos? Do you want to learn how to capture and create amazing images on something as simple as an iPhone? Join us this week as we take an in-depth look at the fundamentals of photography in one of the most beautiful places in the world! Having your own device is ideal, but this camp is open to everyone - iPhones are available to borrow upon request!
Cost: $210/$295

Leaders-in-Training through Sports & Games

CIT – Apprenticeship

Week 4: July 11 – 15

Dog Days of Summer: Dog Sledding

Spend a week with the most loving, cuddly, furry creatures around- SLED DOGS! Develop a bond of mutual trust with a team of adorable and well-trained pups. Join the experts from Camp Vinca Dog Sledding to observe the mysterious mind and behaviors of the working dog, and learn how to train a sled dog yourself. You will master the skills of outdoor survival, compete in an agility obstacle course and even hike with the pups - Don’t miss it!  Cost: $285/$390

Coastal Camping

The ultimate camping experience. After a day at CBC ----planning and packing, we’ll head out for a camping tour of Downeast, Maine: Schoodic Peninsula, Seawall, Lamoine, and more! You’ll learn how to set up a tent, environmentally conscious campsite etiquette, and camping cooking techniques while traveling to different coastal destinations. Be amazed by the coastal wildlife like Eagles, Loons and Osprey as you explore swimming holes and beaches, play yard games at the campsite, and of course, build campfires to roast s’mores! 
Cost: $400/$505

Leaders-in-Training through Boating

CIT – Training Week

CIT – Apprenticeship

Week 5: July 17 – 21

Island Adventurers

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: $400/$505

Hip Hop Dance with Nimbus Dance Works

Grades 4th - 10th
Learn dance from the acclaimed professional dancers of Nimbus Dance Works. This specialty camp focuses on Hip Hop styles - whether you’re a beginner or an experienced dancer - you will make a lot of progress and have a ton of fun!  Hip hop styles include: pop-locking, house and commercial. Additional classes include modern/jazz, theater, stepping. Celebrate the week with a presentation of your hard (and fun!) work in a dance show for families during the day on Friday. 
Cost: $260/$365

Leaders-in-Training through the Arts

CIT – Apprenticeship

Week 6: July 24 – 28

Songwriting

Spend a week learning to write the next great song! Work with the Barn Arts Collective and NYC composer Andrew Lynch to create exciting lyrics and memorable melodies in this songwriting camp for teens. Don't have musical experience? No problem! We'll help uncover each individual's natural potential for writing and creating musical content.
Cost: $260/$365

Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing 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 you and your team tackle the iconic sea cliffs and rock faces of Acadia. All instruction is provided by nationally recognized and certified climbing guides. 
Cost: $310/$415

Leaders-in-Training through Sports & Games

CIT – Training Week

CIT – Apprenticeship

Week 7: July 31 – August 4

Write Out! Story Fiction Writing

Let your imagination soar and be inspired by the great outdoors! Discover new ways to express yourself as you write in a classroom of MDI’s beautiful forests and coastline. Join Young Author’s instructor, Kate Meyer, from the well renowned Maine Writing Project, on this journey to explore the world around you through writing outdoors!   
Cost: $260/$365

Swim Holes of Acadia

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: $285/$390

Leaders-in-Training through Boating

CIT – Apprenticeship

Week 8: August 7 – 11

Paddle Power: Sea Kayaking Expedition

Sea Kayaking is an awesome and fun way to explore the shorelines and ocean surrounding MDI. Start the week learning the basics of boat handling and rescue techniques in Echo Lake before venturing onto open water. A Registered Maine Guide will lead you for two nights of kayak camping at island sites around Acadia! Lookout for ocean critters like harbor seals, osprey, eagles, sea stars, and porpoises! 
Cost: $400/$505

Junior Maine Guide: WIlderness Warrior

What would you do if you had to survive in the woods with nothing but your backpack and the natural materials that surround you? You will learn to master the skill of navigation by reading a map and compass to discover hidden treasures around camp. For your Maine Woodser patch, 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 in an overnight to celebrate becoming a warrior of the wilderness!  Sponsored by Machias Savings Bank
Cost: $260/$365

Leaders-in-Training through the Arts

CIT – Training Week

CIT – Apprenticeship

Week 9: August 14 – 18

Junior Coast Guard

Grades 7-11  Train with the real U.S. Coast Guard! The Southwest Harbor Coast Guard will introduce you to the rest of the team who will guide you through the life and industry of the sea. You will begin and end the week on CBC’s Challenge Course (Challenge courses were originally designed to develop confidence, physical and emotional strength in the Navy). Training with the Coast Guard will include a practice Search and Rescue obstacle course, suiting up in a Mustang water suit and jumping in the lake, a Seamanship course to learn the ‘lingo’, Boating Mechanics, and a day of kayaking on Echo Lake to earn your Paddle Sport certificate!
Cost: $210/$315

Leaders-in-Training through Sports & Games

CIT – Apprenticeship

Week 10: August 21-25

Leaders-in-Training through Sports & Games

CIT – Apprenticeship


Leaders-In-Training (LIT)

Grades 8th, 9th, 10th

Come to camp, teen-style! for a week of themed camp activities, daily camper choice, and dynamic leadership training sessions (now that you’re nearing the top of the food chain.)  Show off your skills and help decide which activity lesson your group will teach the Starburst campers (Kindergarten & 1st graders) one afternoon and help pick a service project to make an impact!
Cost: $210/$315

LIT Boating

Exploring Echo Lake by way of Kayaking, Canoeing, Sailing and Stand Up Paddleboarding will set the stage for these weeks of leadership development. NEW! These weeks will also include a sea kayaking expedition to experience a real taste of adventure on the Maine Coast! 

Week 1: June 19 – 23

Week 4: July 10 – 14

Week 7: July 31 – August 4

LIT Arts

Arts & Crafts, Pottery, and Performing Arts will be the canvas of classes for leadership development these weeks. NEW! During these weeks, the LITs will have the opportunity to create public displays of art around campus or participate in a theatrical Friday performance!

Week 2: June 26 – 30

Week 5: July 17 – 21

Week 8: August 7 – 11

LIT Sports

Archery, Climbing, High and Low Ropes Courses, and Sports & Games will serve as the playing field for developing leadership skills these weeks, with a NEW! bonus trip of an exciting outdoor rock-climbing excursion to a secret climbing spot near Beech Mountain and repelling in CBC's very own quarry!

Week 3: July 3 – 7

Week 6: July 24 – 28

Week 9: August 14 – 18

Week 10: August 21 – 25


Counselor-in-Training Program (CIT)

Participants must be at least 15-years-old by the start of the first session.

Join CBC’s stellar team of counselors to learn what it takes to be a camp leader! The CIT program provides opportunities for growth and challenge to prepare teens to become a junior staff member at camp or gain skills for future jobs working with children. The CIT program is a minimum commitment of two weeks, with the first week in Training and the second (or more) as an Apprentice. The CIT program involves a selective application process; when we receive your regular camp registration, we will send you the CIT application.

First Week = Training: Each CIT will be paired with a senior level counselor who will be their mentor for the week, where they will dive right into a day-in-the-life of a CBC counselor. Through influential mentoring and hands-on learning, they will come to understand what it takes to be a rockin’ counselor! CITs will be trained in areas of child development and behavior management to better understand the needs of the individual campers at CBC. Cost: $210/$315

Second Week (and beyond) = Apprenticeship: After one week of training, CITs will enter the Apprentice phase of their journey. CITs will assist senior staff and will work up to independently leading activities with younger campers. CITs are encouraged to participate in multiple Apprentice weeks after completing the Training week, as they will become an even stronger asset to the community over time!  Cost: $130/$235

Our Counselor-In-Training program is a great way to prepare yourself for future employment at CBC or with other similar programs. (Note: Successfully completing your CIT experience can make a great impression, but does not guarantee future employment.)

Session Dates

Training Sessions

Week 2: June 26 – 30

Week 4: July 10 – 14

Week 6: July 24 – 28

Week 8: August 7 – 11

Apprentice Sessions

Once CIT Training Session is a prerequisite, then sign up for as many Apprentice Sessions as you like.

Week 3: July 3 – 7

Week 4: July 10 – 14

Week 5: July 17 – 21

Week 6: July 24 – 28

Week 7: July 31 – August 4

Week 8: August 7 – 11

Week 9: August 14 – 18

Week 10: August 21 – 25

Special sign-up required upon registration.