Teen Adventure Trips

2019 Wildwood Teen Adventure Trip - Cadillac Mountain Sunset
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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. 

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

Acadia Adventure

June 25–30

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 2–7

Set off on one of the world’s most famous footpaths as we explore the Taconic range during this beginner backpacking trip. 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 9–14

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 coastline by bike and boat. From sailing aboard a schooner on Long Island Sound 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 16–21

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

July 16–21

Visit some of New England’s premier coastal destinations on this trip to Cape Cod. 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 Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary to discover its marshes, beaches, and woodlands. The trip will conclude with a bike ride through the famous Province Lands Trails on the Cape Cod National Seashore and a relaxing afternoon at the beach.    

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

Rockin' the Whites

July 23–28

Have the time of your life on this rock climbing and backpacking adventure in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. We’ll spend a few days learning the ropes with professional climbing guides and explore some world-class climbing destinations. Then, we’ll travel into the backcountry for an unforgettable overnight, backpacking to a rustic pond on the Appalachian Trail. Keep an eye out for moose, beavers, and loons and take in some of the best views New England has to offer.    

This intermediate-level climbing trek includes hiking up to 5 miles per day on trails that may have steep grades and mild exposure; terrain will be rocky and uneven. We will be climbing vertical rock faces. No experience is necessary, but participants should be in good physical condition and ready to face any fear of heights. 

Maine Coast Kayaking

July 30–August 4

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 6–11

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

Vermont's Long Trail 

July 31–August 13 

Gear up for two weeks of adventure along the ridge of Vermont’s Green Mountains on this inspiring trek. The Long Trail is the oldest long-distance hiking trail in the country and traverses some of Vermont’s highest peaks, offering breathtaking vistas along the way. Guided by experienced trek leaders, the journey begins just north of Bromley Mountain and finishes at the border of Massachusetts. While crossing through remote areas, teens will have the opportunity to learn and practice Leave No Trace camping skills and fortify their confidence to thrive in the backcountry. Join us for two great weeks exploring the natural wonders of Vermont’s famous footpath through the wilderness and make friendships that will last a lifetime. 

This itinerary includes hiking over 60 miles of backcountry terrain with an internal-frame backpack weighing up to 40 pounds while travelling up to 10 miles per day. It is important to have proper hiking boots that have already been broken in.