School trip / Sporting lodge recommendations.

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My daughter is an 8th grader this year. In normal years they take a class trip to NYC for 4 days. Obviously that's not going to happen even in June of 2021, so I've been trying to come up with an idea for their trip based on guidelines we are all dealing with.

Then I saw a couple posts in here about northern Maine and it got me thinking about looking into a sporting camp that could host 33 kids for 3 nights /4 days with decent lodging and meals. I'm sure such a place exists , but I'd appreciate some recommendations if anyone has any. I thought it'd be great if the kids could see some moose, do some fishing, hanging around a camp fire at night, and some canoeing.

My thought was the camp would be beyond happy as it would keep them booked in a time they are probably empty. The cost figured into the NYC trip is 650.00 per kid. That includes busing, hotel, and whatever activities they used to plan. I have to think that would be more than enough of a budget to pull this off.
 

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You might consider the New England Outdoor Center in Millinocket (on Millinocket Lake). Tons of outdoor stuff to do and they cater to this kind of thing. Matt Polestien is the owner. In that area there is Katahdin Area Trails, Penobscot River Trails, Baxter State Park, East and West Branch of the Penobscot, and Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.

You might also consider Mount Chase Lodge. They have switched a big portion of their focus to adventure tourism.
 

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Good suggestions by JDK. You might also try OMM Outfitters. They have alot of experience with groups of kids that may not appear on website. “Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs” for example.
 

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You might consider the New England Outdoor Center in Millinocket (on Millinocket Lake). Tons of outdoor stuff to do and they cater to this kind of thing. Matt Polestien is the owner. In that area there is Katahdin Area Trails, Penobscot River Trails, Baxter State Park, East and West Branch of the Penobscot, and Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.

You might also consider Mount Chase Lodge. They have switched a big portion of their focus to adventure tourism.
I was hoping you would chime in. Thanks Jay I'll look into them.
 

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Great suggestion by JDK. Plenty of things to do with a variety for everyone.
 

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You might consider the New England Outdoor Center in Millinocket (on Millinocket Lake). Tons of outdoor stuff to do and they cater to this kind of thing. Matt Polestien is the owner. In that area there is Katahdin Area Trails, Penobscot River Trails, Baxter State Park, East and West Branch of the Penobscot, and Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.

You might also consider Mount Chase Lodge. They have switched a big portion of their focus to adventure tourism.
Jay,

Just wanted to say thanks for suggesting this. I spoke to my daughter last night via FaceTime and she was having a blast , and so were the other kids. They did a white water rafting trip yesterday , shore side lunch. She made sure to tell me "I had steak and it was goooooood". She was showing me their "cabin". The place looked very nice. The back slider puts them within spitting distance of the water.

I hope this is a tradition they will keep rather than going into NYC. It could be argued there's more "culture" to see up there as opposed to city living. The organizers of the trip did a great job packing 3 days worth of activities in. They had a long bus ride, so that was broken up by a day of hiking in Acadia. On their way home they are scheduled for a whale watch.
 

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There will be a similar center in Eagle Lake either this year or next. Looks like it will be a good operation but there isn’t as much to do there as in the Katahdin region.
 




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