Project Description


Dates: August 3-7, 2020
Location: Rock Point for 2 days in Burlington, VT, followed by a 3-day/2-night canoe trip on the Winooski River.
Grades: boys and girls currently in 5th-8th grade
Cost: $385

** financial aid available **


Adventurers Winooski River Paddle Expedition


Our culminating summer experience is for older kids (5th-8th grade). While our other camps are centered in Burlington and rooted in one geographic place, our Adventurers program gets kids out into the vast Vermont wilderness. We offer trips to hike a section of the Long Trail and paddle the Winooski River. Inspired by the adventures of the great naturalists of the 19th century, we will spend two days (9am-3:30pm) at Bent Birch Base Camp at Rock Point in Burlington introducing basic camping skills (setting up camp, cooking over a fire, orienteering, natural navigation, wilderness first aid, wild edibles, paddling, and more). Using our newly acquired skills, the group will head out on a 3-day, 2-night wilderness trip down the Winooski. No previous camping or paddling experience necessary. Registration limited to 6 boys and 6 girls. This is a Coed trip.


  • Monday-Tuesday (9am-3:30pm): At Rock Point in Burlington
  • Wednesday (9am): Arrive at Rock Point with backpacks packed and ready to go, leave for the Long Trail
  • Friday (afternoon): Return to Rock Point around 2-3pm (will call parents as we leave the trailhead)


  • Paddling
  • Swimming
  • Camping
  • Cooking
  • Loving life on the river!
  • 3-day/2-night backpacking trip on the Long Trail!
  • Primitive/Tarp shelters
  • Natural Navigation
  • Wilderness Survival
  • Introduction to paddling
  • Cooking with camp stoves
  • Leave No Trace camping techniques
  • Water purification
  • Fire-by-friction