You’ll learn what you need in your pack when you hit the trail and, just as importantly, what you don’t need. You’ll learn the importance of choosing a route that’s right for the abilities of your group, how to check weather conditions, and how to look out for the welfare of everyone else on the trip. Pemi trips will leave you with an appreciation for both the beauty and the power of Nature—and a new determination to play your role in preserving our precious wilderness.
Day hikes are available for campers of all ages and provide a memorable out-of-camp experience.
Some of our favorites are Mt. Cardigan, Mts. Welch and Dickey, Mt. Carrigain, Mt. Cube, Mt. Pemigewassett, Black Mountain, Mt. Willard and Mt. Moosilauke.
Boys living in the Junior Division (ages 8–11) spend a night each session with their cabin mates at the Adirondack-style shelter on Pemi Hill, complete with marshmallows and cocoa around a campfire in the evening and, in the morning, a rustic breakfast to start the day before heading back to camp. Lowers (ages 11–13), Uppers (ages 13–14), and Seniors (ages 14–15) have the option of going further afield with our specialized trip counselors.
From paddling across Pemi’s own lake with your cabin mates and counselor to Flat Rock or Pine Forest to share dinner cooked over a fire, to your capstone annual trip as a 15-year-old on the Allagash Waterway in northern Maine, you’ll have opportunities to enjoy the lakes and rivers of the Northeast.
Many of our specialist trip staff are veterans of Pemi West, and all have completed a backpacking and wilderness leadership clinic. They, and all of the cabin staff leading day trips, are trained and certified in Wilderness First Aid.