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2018 Acadia Teen Camps

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

2018 list mostly complete (see below) but some additions are still in the works..

Click here to download the 2017 Teen Camp Brochure. 2018 brochure coming soon.

Click here to download the 2017 Teen Camp Brochure. 2018 brochure coming soon.

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 19 – 23

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 25 – 29

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Graffiti Art!

Grab a can of spray paint and develop your own ‘tag’! Learn how to create stylized letters and incorporate images into graffiti art. Through type and images working together to create meaning, graffiti is often used for social justice. Express your voice and a message that’s important to you through this controversial form of art as well as a more accepted modern public art known as wheatpaste.

 

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: $420/$530

Leaders-in-Training through the Arts

CIT – Training Week

Week 3: July 2 – 6 

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

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iPhotography

Discover how to take incredible photos that everyone adores and you’re proud to look at years later! 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 - the woods and waters of Acadia! Having your own device is ideal, but this camp is open to everyone - iPhones are available to borrow upon request.  Cost: $215/$305

Whatever Floats Your Boat

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!  Cost: TBD

Leaders-in-Training through Sports & Games

CIT – Apprenticeship

Week 4: July 9 – 13

JMG: Fires and Forts

Build and create some of the most epic campfires and forts this week! You will learn amazing fire-building techniques like using flint and steel and how to bust smoke with a bow drill. Construct new forts everyday using materials from the forest like sticks and leaves or camping materials like tarps and rope. By the end of the week, you will be a master of fires and forts! On Thursday, you are invited to stay for a cookout to celebrate the week. Pickup is at 8pm.  Cost: $270/$385

Leaders-in-Training through Boating

CIT – Training Week

CIT – Apprenticeship

Week 5: July 16 – 20

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: TBD

Teen Inventors’ Club with Rosa

Are your wheels always turning? Do you look at bridges and gadgets and start creating your own versions of them? This week will include science, engineering, and technology challenges from the National Inventors Hall of Fame! And, to add a taste of camp, you’ll get your hands dirty creating a solar oven and selecting natural materials to master outdoor engineering feats such as a bridge over the stream and a raft to float your counselor out onto Echo Lake. You’ll celebrate your achievements with solar roasted s’mores!

Leaders-in-Training through the Arts

CIT – Apprenticeship

Week 6: July 23 – 27

Write Out / It’s Lit!

Let your imagination soar and be inspired by the great outdoors! Discover new ways to express yourself as you write from the deck of a waterfront lodge, the shores of Echo Lake, and the beautiful forests of Acadia. Join Young Author’s Instructor from the well-renowned Maine Writing Project, on this journey to explore the world around you through writing with wordplay, rhyme, alliteration, rhetorical devices, and twist of phrase!  Cost: $270/$385

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Secret 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: $295/$405
Sponsored by Friends of Acadia

Leaders-in-Training through Sports & Games

CIT – Training Week

CIT – Apprenticeship

Week 7: July 30 – August 3

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Dance Beyond the Dab!

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

Learn dance from the acclaimed professional dancers of Nimbus Dance Works. This specialty camp focuses on Hip Hop and Contemporary styles - whether you’re a beginner or an experienced dancer - you will make a lot of progress and have a ton of fun! Dance styles include: pop-locking, house and commercial hip hop, and contemporary. 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: TBD

Upta Camp!

Capture the flag in the woods, swimming, manhunt (hide & seek) in the dark, campfire stories, and of course, s’mores! Head ‘upta’ camp for a week of exploring Molasses Pond by stand up paddle board or Corcl (round playboat), and chillin’ on the floating dock. By day you’ll explore the surrounding area, play games and cook with friends, try your hand at fly fishing, and by night cozy into a bed in the bunk room. Join us for the real Maine experience!  Cost: TBD

Leaders-in-Training through Boating

CIT – Apprenticeship

Week 8: August 6 – 10

Mad Science with Rosa

Become a mad scientist for a week! You will create the most amazing experiments in physics, chemistry and Biology with the zany-brainy science expert and beloved CBC counselor, Rosa. Dissect a shark, launch a rocket, make SLIME, and so much more!  Cost: $295/$405

JMG: Whittling & Wilderness Survival

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: $270/$385

Leaders-in-Training through the Arts

CIT – Training Week

CIT – Apprenticeship

Week 9: August 13 – 17

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Circus Superstar - The Big Show!

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: $295/$405

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Secret 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: $295/$405
Sponsored by Friends of Acadia

Leaders-in-Training through Sports & Games

CIT – Apprenticeship

Week 10: August 20-24

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!

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 18 – 22

Week 4: July 9 – 13

Week 7: July 30 – August 3

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 25 – 29

Week 5: July 16 – 20

Week 8: August 6 – 10

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 2 – 6

Week 6: July 23 – 27

Week 9: August 13 – 17

Week 10: August 20 – 24


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. 

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!  

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 25 – 29

Week 4: July 9 – 13

Week 6: July 23 – 27

Week 8: August 6 – 10

Apprentice Sessions

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

Week 3: July 2 – 6

Week 4: July 9 – 13

Week 5: July 16 – 20

Week 6: July 23 – 27

Week 7: July 30 – August 3

Week 8: August 6 – 10

Week 9: August 13 – 17

Week 10: August 20 – 24

Special sign-up required upon registration.