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Wildwood Teen Adventure Trips immerse campers ages 14–17 in the natural wonders of the Northeast’s most beautiful areas. All trips focus on developing a love of the outdoors, but each trip takes a unique approach. A wide variety of trip options accommodate many interests and levels of outdoor experience.

Trips begin with a half-day of team-building and orientation at Wildwood. Groups then travel to amazing locations throughout the Northeast. Along the way, campers participate in outdoor adventures, learn the basics of Leave No Trace camping and trekking, and meet with conservation professionals to participate in environmental study or service.

Groups are small and co-ed, with two leaders and 6–10 teens. Participants practice hands-on skills in conservation and outdoor living and develop knowledge of the region's natural history. Learn more >

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Our summer trips take teens on incredible adventures to New England's greatest outdoor places. Check out this year's trips below! 

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→ One-week Trips in 2022 ←

These treks are appropriate for teens with all levels of outdoor experience and good physical fitness.

Acadia Adventure
June 26–July 2

Breathe in the excitement of Maine’s Acadia National Park and enjoy spectacular coastal views. We’ll hike along the granite slopes of Cadillac Mountain and bike Bar Harbor’s famous carriage roads. Watch for whales, seals, eagles, and other wildlife while kayaking along coves and rocky shores. Spend the afternoon at one of the park’s scenic beaches and share stories of your adventures around a cozy campfire.    

This itinerary includes cycling; participants should be comfortable on a bicycle.

Explore the Appalachian Trail
July 3–9

Set off on one of the world’s most famous footpaths as we explore the Taconic range during this beginner backpacking trek. Trek over rugged mountains that dominate the skyline of western Massachusetts, and absorb stunning views of the Housatonic Valley, the Berkshires, and the Catskills. Take advantage of the endless opportunities for personal growth and meaningful time in nature with friends.   

This itinerary includes four days and three nights of backpacking. Participants can expect to carry an internal frame pack weighing 35–45 pounds while traveling up to eight miles per day.

Bike & Beach: Southern New England
July 10–16

Explore the stunning beaches of southern New England on this trip to Connecticut and Rhode Island. Each day we’ll visit the beaches of state parks and nature refuges as we travel the southern New England coastline by bike and boat. From sailing aboard a schooner to a bike tour of the natural areas of Westport this trip is sure to deliver great summer memories.  

This itinerary includes cycling; participants should already be comfortable on a bicycle.   

Backpacking the Wild Whites
July 17–23

Hike across beautiful ridgelines and valleys in the White Mountains’ Pemigewasset Wilderness. On this challenging backpacking trip, we’ll summit several of New Hampshire’s famed 4,000-foot peaks and take in some of the best views New England has to offer.

This itinerary includes 30 miles of backpacking over approximately four days, hiking up to 10 miles per day. This challenging backpacking trip is appropriate for those with prior backpacking experience or beginners with significant camping and hiking experience and good physical fitness.

Bike & Beach: Cape Cod & Nantucket  
July 17–23 

Visit some of New England’s premier coastal destinations on this trip to Cape Cod and Nantucket. We’ll kayak in Barnstable Bay, explore the beaches and dunes of the Cape, and meet up with Mass Audubon naturalists to participate in hands-on conservation science. Next, we’ll travel to Nantucket Island to discover its marshes, beaches, and woodlands. The trip will conclude with a bike ride through the heart of the island and a relaxing afternoon at the beach.    

This itinerary includes cycling; participants should already be comfortable on a bicycle.  

Paddling the Connecticut River
July 24–30

Discover the Connecticut River and its tributaries as we canoe through Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley. Professional paddling instructors will take our skills to the next level as we visit oxbow lakes, secluded islands, and riverside Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries. Learn about the ecology of the Connecticut River and keep an eye out for eagles, otters, and more.    

This intermediate-level canoe trek is appropriate for teens with prior camping or paddling experience.  

Maine Coast Kayaking
July 31–August 6

Venture out to sea to explore the scenic coves and bays of the Maine coast with professional sea-kayaking guides. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, including seals, puffins, and maybe even a whale as we paddle to our island campsite. Learn the basics of kayaking and Leave No Trace camping as we travel the high seas and scenic beaches. Wrap up each day with a relaxing evening around the campfire with friends for an unforgettable adventure.  

Paddling Vermont's Waterways
August 7–13

Explore the glacier-carved lowlands of the Vermont Piedmont afloat and afoot on this beginner canoe trek. We’ll begin with an afternoon of professional paddling instruction before loading up our canoes for a two-day float downriver to develop our Leave No Trace wilderness ethic and build outdoor skills. Once we’ve experienced the river valley by boat, we’ll strike out on foot to explore some of the ridges and peaks that surround it. 

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These in-depth adventures are designed for campers looking for a more advanced wilderness trekking program. They require a high level of physical fitness and are recommended for teens entering grades 10–12 with previous adventure-trip experience. 

New England’s High Points 
July 31–August 13 

Explore the natural wonders of all six New England States as we attempt the tallest peak in each state. The pursuit of state high points has a proud tradition and the hikes to New England’s highest places present a wide variety of intensities, from a relaxing stroll on Rhode Island’s Jerimoth Hill to a challenging 15-mile ascent up Mount Katahdin in Maine. Between bagging peaks, we will enjoy zip-lining, swimming, visiting with naturalists, and taking in the scenery. At the end of our adventure, we will have proudly completed a regional high point challenge and made friendships that will last a lifetime. 

This itinerary includes hiking over 20 miles.  This challenging trip is appropriate for those with prior hiking experience or beginners with significant camping and hiking experience and good physical fitness. It is important to have proper hiking boots that have been broken in prior to the trip.