Outdoor Adventure and Nature Camp

There's nothing like being outdoors at a leading Maine nature camp during the summer months... Plan a hike up a mountain overlooking Penobscot Bay and then enjoy an ocean-side meal and sleepout... Join a group of campers assisting local blueberry pickers...Learn to make bowls out of birchbark... Hike or bicycle "off-road" on trails through pine forests and past foundations of turn-of-the-century farms.

outdoor activities

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hiking

A refreshing snack break during a hike up nearby Frye Mountain.

mountain biking

Tipi Village

Spend a few nights in our own Tipi Village, a nature camp based on traditional Native American life. Ten campers and two staff live in tipis, cook over an open fire, and study the ways of indigenous people. Swimming, canoeing, and hiking are integrated with gathering firewood, bead and leatherwork, traditional stories and games, and learning about each other in a small, tightly knit community.

tipi village

Treat the earth well: It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. ~ Native American Proverb

Program Options

  • Coastal Sleepouts
  • Community Service
  • Geocaching
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Crafts
  • Organic Gardening
  • Ropes Course
  • Tipi Village

finding bones
Sorting bones from a moose skeleton found in the woods near camp.

mount battie
Atop Mt. Battie, on the coast about 30 minutes from HVC.

My HVC memories continue to inspire my love of the outdoors, appreciation for the smell of clover and pine, and ability to relate to individuals from around the globe.
- HVC Camper

The Ropes Course

Click here to find out more about our High and Low Ropes course.

balancing on rope Ropes course

At HVC she can discover the outdoor world and develop an appreciation of living things. - HVC Parent