Nestled in the northeastern corner of Maine is Mount Desert Island, home to the 47,000 beautiful acres that is known as Acadia National Park. Welcoming more than two million visitors per year, this historic site is known for it’s varied wildlife and stunning views of Maine’s rocky coastline. Camp Matoaka wanted to share this natural wonder with our campers, so on Wednesday we piled all of our girls in Bunks 11 through 15 on coach buses, and set out on an adventure!
Acadia’s famed “Sand Beach”, which is known for its 290 feet of unique sand comprised mainly of crushed shell fragments, served as our home base. The campers shared a picnic of sandwiches, fruit and granola bars with their bunkmates and counselors on the sandy shores in the shadows of Acadia’s well known mountain, nicknamed “The Beehive”.
After lunch we split into smaller groups and embarked on one of two scenic trails. Bunks 11 through 13 walked a .7 mile trail high among the cliffs towards the famous “Thunder Hole”. Bunks 14 and 15 faced the “Great Head Trail” which was a bit longer and featured some fun rocky elements to climb. On both hikes, campers stopped frequently to take in the majestic views of the Maine coastline.
After the hikes, plenty of time was allotted for swimming and enjoying some fun on the beach. It was a fantastic day for everyone. Memories of this trip will truly be cherished for a lifetime.
While the Inter and Senior campers explored Acadia, our Junior campers had some fun adventures of their own! They travelled down to Saco, Maine to the Aquaboggan Water Park! The girls had a blast enjoying a day of miniature golf, water slides and a wave pool!
When everyone reunited together back at camp for dinner, the smiles on everyone’s faces reflected another incredible day of adventures exploring what the great state of Maine has to offer! It’s not a coincidence that it’s nickname is “Vacationland”!