There’s unlimited options for North Star campers to choose from within our elective based program. We offer activities in athletics, waterfront, performing arts, fine arts, outdoors and enrichment. Our campers are very fortunate that North Star’s 200-acre property and 55-acre private lake provides unique opportunities to learn rock climbing, high ropes course, water skiing, wind surfing, outdoor living skills and more.
But sometimes it’s nice to leave our home in Poland Spring and visit some of the most popular destinations in Maine and throughout New England. And that’s the main objective of our trips and weekend excursions…to see and experience the beauty of New England with fellow campers and our North Star staff.
Last summer’s most popular trip was a full day in Northern Maine going whitewater rafting on the Kennebec River. We will be heading back to Northern Maine in 2018 to enjoy another full day on Class III and IV rapids. Campers also have the option to explore Moxie Falls through a combined hike and canoe trip. Moxie Falls drops 90 feet into a series of large pools on it’s way to the Kennebec River. There are several scenic overlooks that provide a great view of the falls. The hike is moderate and fun for all ages. The afternoon is spent paddling down the historic Kennebec River in 10 person Voyageur Canoes.
Other popular annual trips next summer include hiking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Portland Sea Dogs baseball games, and 4th of July Fireworks at Poland Spring Resort. The trip up the White Mountains is worth the effort. At the top, there are views of New Hampshire’s Presidential Range and mountains in Vermont, New York, and even Canada. North Star takes over the right field stands at Hadlock Field to root on the Sea Dogs and we enjoy an all-you-can-eat barbeque buffet for dinner. We are lucky to be the only camp invited by historic Poland Spring Resort to celebrate Independence Day and watch their awesome fireworks display.
Our trips and weekend excursions are a small part of the overall experience for our campers. All trips are included in the cost of tuition.