Some of the many traditions established at Camp Takajo are the amazing trips that our boys experience each summer. Our youngest campers have the opportunity to go on a host of age-appropriate day hikes, when many of them get to experience their first time on a hiking trail and have lunch in the wilderness. They return home feeling a sense of pride for their accomplishments. Our Warrior campers have their first sleep-out experience, on camp property, in one of the three, amazing tree houses. Nestled in the woods just a hundred feet past our farthest soccer field, our little guys feel like they are contestants on the Survivor television show, as they explore a tree house with their bunkmates, perched thirty feet in the air.
In Junior Camp, the pioneering program offers overnight trips, including an amazing white water rafting trip down the Kennebec River. Tomorrow, our Senior Camp will depart on some amazing adventures that will no doubt create ever-lasting memories. Our Intermediates, campers entering eighth grade, will head down to Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard, where they will experience mountain biking and deep-sea fishing excursions. On Tuesday, these boys will make their way into Boston to Fenway Park, where they will have the opportunity to explore the oldest baseball stadium in America, before taking in a Red Socks game. This trip returns on Friday, but not until our boys have had the opportunity to experience the many, wonderful sites in Boston, including Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market.
Our Sub-Seniors, campers entering ninth grade, have had the opportunity to select from a few, amazing trips. Some of the campers who are golf enthusiasts will take off on a five-day golf trip, playing some of most scenic, challenging courses in the state of Maine. This trip includes time at the practice range and eighteen holes of golf each day. Our eighth graders looking for a modest adventure will make their way to Acadia National Park, one of the most magnificent parks in New England. Here, our boys will hike and witness some of the most spectacular views in the state and, perhaps, come face-to-face with some moose. For those Sub-Seniors who are more adventurous, we offer a five-day canoeing trip down the St Croix River. These adventure seekers have been preparing all summer for this extensive canoeing expedition. Our boys will pack their tents and food in their canoes and will rely on their camping skills and each other to complete this challenging voyage. The remaining Sub-Seniors will travel to Mt. Katahdin and hike one of the most majestic mountains in the state of Maine. In order to reach the summit, our boys will start their hike just as the sun rises; a trip that requires fitness, determination, and a zest for life. When all of our Sub-Seniors return on Friday, they have just enough time over the weekend to re-pack for their trip to Canada, which departs on Monday. This trip is an opportunity for all of our Sub-Seniors to experience Quebec City and Montreal, including jet boating on the St. Lawrence River, visits to historic landmarks, and excursions to amusement parks and water parks.
On Wednesday, our oldest campers, the Okeechobees, will fly to Salt Lake City, Utah, where they will experience exhilarating rides down the Park City Olympic Training Alpine Slide. They will ride in extraordinary Hummer off-road vehicles over the sandstone fins in one of Moab’s most scenic areas. The boys will then make their way to Bryce Canyon/Zion Canyon National Parks, some of the most magnificent sights they will ever be able to witness first-hand.
While Camp Takajo is well-known for our athletic and other in-camp programs, we take tremendous pride in offering all of these unique trip experiences.