Each summer Chop Point offers exciting adventure trips that build memories for a lifetime. Geared to the experience level of the campers, each trip is a fun-filled, hands-on adventure where close friendships often develop. All trips are optional, and campers can choose to go on as many or as few as they’d like. There are no extra charges for the majority of our trips.
Equipment needs are minimal for Chop Point trips. Backpackers require only a light sleeping bag and hiking shoes. Bikes may be rented locally if campers do not bring their own. Those who sign up for canoe trips might want to bring a waterproof bag for their sleeping bag and clothes. (Is there anything worse than sleeping in a wet sleeping bag?) Rain gear is recommended for all campers.
Safety is top priority. By Maine State law each trip must include a trained, certified trip leader. Chop Point teaches our staff the state-mandated course as part of their training. Life jackets are a part of all waterfront activities. Whenever possible, a cellular telephone is taken along.
BIKING TRIPS—There are two options for bike trips during the summer. They rotate sessions every year. We head to the mountains of Maine for a bit of Mounting Biking in the Carrabassett Valley. There is a variety of terrain to bike as well as great mountain scenery to enjoy during breaks. We will be biking in Down East Maine as our other biking option. The trip will combine time on the Down East Sunrise Trail, a converted railway starting in Ellsworth and trails in Acadia National Park. Campers will enjoy coastal views and scenic wilderness. Bring your own bike or we can arrange a rental for you.
CANOE TRIPS—Canoes are ideal for exploring the rivers and bays of Maine. Before the first trip, a camper must pass a swimming test and receive instruction in canoeing safety. One of the most popular trips we take each summer is 70 miles in the wilderness of Maine along the beautiful and remote Allagash River.
HIKING TRIPS—For hikers, there are literally hundreds of miles of trails to choose from in the White Mountains, Acadia National Park and Baxter State Park. The scenery is so breathtaking in the White Mountains that circus founder P.T. Barnum, upon reaching the top of mile-high Mt. Washington, observed, “This is the second greatest show on earth.” Trips vary between overnight backpacking and day hikes out of a base camp.
KAYAK TRIPS—Kayaking trips are taken in the shelter and safety of the coastal rivers and bays. Sea kayaks are a fast and efficient way to travel on the water in Maine; they offer a different experience than your traditional canoe.
SAILING TRIPS—Many feel that the only way to experience Maine is from the water by boat. The Schooner JE Riggin, a 89-ft sailboat, offers the perfect opportunity for our campers to get that experience. Each summer we take one overnight trip aboard the Riggin. There are many islands and harbors to see during these trips. The boat is a beautiful sailing vessel and National Historic Landmark.
QUEBEC CITY TRIPS—300-miles away, Quebec is one of Canada’s most interesting areas. Always a popular trip, Quebec City is perfect for shopping and sightseeing. Highlights include visits to the Parliament building, the Plains of Abram and the Cathedral at Saine Anne de Beaupre. Lodging has typically been in dorms at Laval University followed by a hearty breakfast. There is an additional charge for this trip.
WHITE WATER RAFTING—A three-hour drive to the head of the Kennebec River in the Forks begins a spectacular challenge of the Class IV rapids of the Gorge. Registered Maine guides using self-bailing rafts make this thrilling experience one to remember. An extra fee of $95 and a parental release form is required (You may leave the reservation number, meal choice and date of the trip blank we will fill that out before our trip).
Campers sign up for trips during the first few days of each session. Some trips are limited due to group sizes and minimum age requirements.
The entire camp also takes day trips to various places around the state. Depending on the session, these areas may include: Boothbay Harbor, Reid State Park, Mt. Batty, Yarmouth Clam Festival, Camden, Sebago Lake, Bath Heritage Days, and outlet shopping in Freeport, home of L.L. Bean.