Most importantly, campers should have an open mind, be enthusiastic... and be ready for the time of their life!
YMCA Camp Coniston’s Adventure Camp offers participants the opportunity to have exciting adventures in spectacular locations. The combination of camaraderie and activities make this a program that campers will remember for a lifetime.
Our trips in New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Canada focus on climbing, hiking, whitewater rafting, and biking in beautiful settings. Our dedicated and enthusiastic leaders are experienced and undergo a week of training prior to Camp.
These trips are scheduled to maximize your opportunity to pair one or more adventure programs with a Resident Camp Session.
On Acadian Odyssey we explore Maine’s Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor.
This Adventure Trip will travel from Camp to Camden Hills State Park in Maine where we will spend the night, and then set sail aboard a schooner for a day on the coastal waters.
Leaving Camden, we will head east to Acadia National Park further up the coast. We explore the majestic beauty of the Park for three days by foot, kayak, and climbing harness, and have an opportunity to eat a fresh Maine lobster!
This Adventure Trip will travel from Camp to Mt. Blue State Park in Maine where we will spend the night, and then gear up for a hike up Mt. Blue. Leaving Mt. Blue State Park, we will head northeast towards the Kennebec River for three days on the water.
We will spend a day canoeing, and we conclude our trip with two days of whitewater rafting before making the journey back to Camp.
“O Canada!” Grab your passport and come with us to “the true north strong and free” on Quebec Quest. This adventure allows campers to travel outside of the United States. We will leave Camp and travel north to Quebec for a week of water adventure and discovery. Campers will experience camping, rock climbing, hiking, paddling, rafting and exploring.
Don’t miss your opportunity to see Old Town Quebec through the eyes of Camp Coniston!
The Green Mountain Explorer is perfect for anyone seeking adventure in the beautiful terrain of Vermont. This program features activities with fun as the ultimate goal.
After check in at Camp Coniston the group will journey to the Green Mountains of Vermont and settle in at Elmore State Park. From here we will tackle the challenge of the tree top obstacle course at Arbortrek Canopy Adventures at Smugglers’ Notch. Then the group will hike Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak. We will spend a day exploring the Winooski River by kayak.
The group wraps up their exciting week with Petra Cliffs and Arbortrek where we will rock climb and “zip” through the Green Mountains.
10 DAY TRIP
This special 10 day trip is designed to give our adventurous Coniston campers a chance to explore the coastal beauty of the Canadian Maritime Provinces. This extended adventure trip through Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Maine will travel the scenic coastlines and back roads of one of Canada’s most spectacular regions. The group will paddle the coastal waters and set sail from historic fishing ports. From crossing The Bay of Fundy, viewing the world’s highest tides to rock climbing along the shores of Acadia National Park; campers will have the opportunity to make new friends and challenge themselves along the way. The trip does anything but wind down with a two day whitewater rafting adventure down the Kennebec River in Maine before returning to Coniston to say farewell!
Back by popular demand, this one-week trip travels throughout New Hampshire and Maine, exploring some of northern New England’s most spectacular country. The group will travel to Franconia Notch State Park in the heart of the White Mountain National Forest. We will begin our excursion hiking Cannon Mountain, and we’ll explore the carved mountain streams of Franconia Notch.
Then we will continue on to Maine for two days of whitewater rafting. The group will finish this trip with an exhilarating adventure ‘zipping’ down the edge of Barron Mountain in Lincoln, NH.
The Coastal Navigator offers an adventure for all those who love the ocean. This trip explores the coast of Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard by foot, wind, and paddle. The week begins with a brief orientation at Camp Coniston before departing for the shores of Cape Cod where we will take in breathtaking sunsets over Cape Cod Bay. We will explore the waters of the Cape on stand up paddle boards.
From there it‘s on to Martha’s Vineyard for two days of sailing, kayaking and biking. If you enjoy spending time on the water and under the sun, this trip if for you!
Each trip will have 3 leaders ensuring a staff to camper ratio of 1:4. All staff are certified in First Aid and CPR and at least one of the leaders will be a certified Lifeguard and will hold a Wilderness First Aid Certificate.
On each trip offered, we team up with at least one professional/certified outfitter for outdoor activities. All outfitters are highly regarded in their respective fields and have years of experience leading youth trips.
YMCA Camp Coniston had been leading outdoor trips for over 50 years in the White Mountains and Monadnock Region of New Hampshire. We bring to field a wealth of knowledge and a passion for outdoor education.
On all trips, safety is the foremost concern. Activities are “challenge by choice” and designed to be age appropriate. Our trips are run in accordance with the American Camping Association standards and our leaders and the outfitters will work with each child to reach his/her full potential during the trips.
Adventure Camp Trips to Canada will require that the camper have a valid passport or passport card that allows travel to Canada!