The mission of Camp Beech Cliff is to enrich the lives of people of all ages through its summer camps and year-round outdoor education and recreation programs inspiring personal growth, connections among people, and an appreciation of the natural world.
Camp Beech Cliff is pleased to join the numerous organizations that will celebrate Acadia National Park’s centennial year in 2016. In this centennial year, we will focus our educational experiences in Acadia National Park. To that end, CBC is proposing to offer the following summer and year-round programming around ANP’s centennial festivities.
In March, we will team up with ANP and the Schoodic Institute to offer fun activities to help people discover and explore the natural world in winter at the Acadia Winter Festival.
Summer Programs: CBC’s first goal is to feature a host of specialty camp programs that are tied in to ANP. Examples of this might include campers hiking a different peak in ANP each day. Another might be a nature & art program with campers using different forms of art medium and integrating environmental education in ANP. CBC runs 24+ week long specialty camps sessions for youth and they are popular with families. We bring in instructors who dedicate 2-4 hours a day to give campers an educational experience about a particular topic. For example, we recently partnered with Pulling Together to offer dog sledding camps. The Centennial & specialty programs would be featured in the camp brochure that is distributed to thousands.
CBC’s second goal is to teach kids how to camp, and we do it in ANP. Once a week, we take 30 campers to Seawall Campground for a full day & night experience. Campers learn the basics of setting up tents and cooking on an open-fire. They participate in nature discovery along the coastline, or take hikes in the area. If weather / time permits, they attend the ranger show or go on a night hike.
School Year Program: Whenever we have a school group at CBC for an educational program, we typically hike Beech Mountain. To expand the program, CBC wants to work with the local schools to offer an Acadia Passport Challenge. A student would attempt to climb all the peaks that year. We would have a ceremony to honor those who complete or nearly complete the challenge.