This was another great day. We spent most of the day climbing Cadillac Mountain, a tough climb with some stunning views of Mount Desert Island and the Atlantic Ocean. We then dropped down into a chasm before tackling the steep climb out and over Dorr Mountain before heading out at Sieur de Mont.
That night, we went to the Ranger Program on geology, where James did a great job as magma while Magnus did his best impression of a sedimentary rock.
Back to Day 3!
On to Day 5!
On our fifth day in the park, we started our day by driving out on the Acadia National Park loop road. We started at the Visitor’s Center, then drove over to Sand Beach. We walked on the rocks and checked out Thunder Hole. We drove over to Jordan Pond, where the Scouts got a view of Bubble Pond.
After checking out the park, we headed into Bar Harbor. The patrols split up and went on their own adventures. Some got ice cream. Others walked out on the sand bar that gives Bar Harbor its name. Some bought super annoying (also, funny) chicken toys.
The Bar bought some lobsters to eat that night, which made them the best fed patrol of the week.
Back to Day 3!
On to Day 5!
On Day 2 of our adventure, we went to Acadia Arial Park and Ropes Course in Bar Harbor, where we went up on the three level high ropes course. It was fun (or terrifying)!
Afterwards, we did mini-golf, go karts, the trampoline, and the rock wall.
We then went back to camp for dinner, then ventured out to Bass Harbor Lighthouse for a world class sunset.
Back to Day 1
On to Day 3!
Our last full day in Acadia National Park, we woke up to a wet and rainy day. We pulled out our rainy day plan, which was a trip to the nearby Seal Cove Auto Museum, which houses one of the finest collections of early automobiles anywhere in the country.
After touring the museum and doing the scavenger hunt, the director offered to show the Scouts the back garage where they do maintenance on the cars, where one of the cars was started up and the Scouts had a chance to sit in a car that was having its interior restored. It was really something.
Afterwards, the rain had let up, so we spent a few hours tidepooling on the Ship Harbor Trail. We found sea stars, crabs, and some other interesting sea life.
Then it was dinner and packing up the camp before one final ranger program.
Back to Day 5!
On to Day 7!
For Day 3, we woke up late and had breakfast. We then went to Echo Lake. A few of the leaders climbed straight up the Echo Lake Trail (four ladders!) while the Scouts and a few leaders went directly to swim in Echo Lake, where everyone ended up eventually. It was a hot day, and the usually cold lake was perfect!
That evening, we drove to Bar Harbor and kayaked out around Bar Island and one of the Porcupine Islands. We saw the beautiful islands, plus the departure of a cruise ship and A BALD EAGLE!
Back to Day 2!
On to Day 4!
We woke up bright and early, catching a beautiful sunrise at 5 AM on our way out of the campground. It was then a loooooooooooooong drive back to New Jersey. Part of our group stopped at the World’s Largest (Rotating and Revolving) Globe in Yarmouth, Maine, another car stopped at the Palisades in New Jersey, and everyone arrived back at the shed by dinner time.
Great summer trip, can’t wait to see where we go next year!
Back to Day 6!
The night before the summer trip, we showed up at the shed to pack for the trip. We loaded the trailer and James put a call into Skippy to figure out how to set up the tent. The Scouts then “went to sleep” around 11 PM to get ready for a 4 AM start…
On to Day 1!
Our first day, we drove double digit hours from New Jersey up to Maine. It was quite a trip, and we found some fun places to stop once we were in Maine, then pulled into Seawall Campground.
We set up camp, cooked dinner, and they got poured on. Fun start to a week of camping!
When the rain died down a little, we went to the nearby Wonderland Trail and went exploring some of the tidepools as the dark came in. Great first day!
Back to Prep Day
On to Day 2!
For 2018, we went on a week long adventure to Acadia National Park in Maine! While up there, we went poking through tidepools, climbed through a high ropes course, sea kayaked around Bar Harbor, climbed Cadillac Mountain (and then Dorr Mountain, because why climb one mountain in a day when you can climb two?), explored the park’s loop road, wandered through Bar Harbor (and out onto the sand bar), and went to the Seal Cove Auto Museum in the rain. We also watched meteors fall, watched a sunset at a lighthouse, ate lobster, waded through puddles, and fought lobsters for ice cream. What a great week!
Check out the pictures from the different days below!
Acadia Day 0 – Getting ready at the shed
Acadia Day 1 – Travel Day
Acadia Day 2 – Acadia Arial Park High Ropes Course
Acadia Day 3 – Echo Lake and Sea Kayaking
Acadia Day 4 – Cadillac Mountain Hike
Acadia Day 5 – Park Loop Road and Bar Harbor
Acadia Day 6 – Seal Cove Auto Museum and Tidepooling
Acadia – Day 7 – Traveling Home
Magnus had a great time at Mountain Man Camp! Held July 29 to August 2 at Roosevelt Scout Reservation, this camping experience for 14 year olds and up teaches you how to survive using old fashioned frontier living skills.
Some of the skills that were covered this year were dutch oven cooking, knife throwing, tomahawk throwing, animal tracking, SAR tracking, edible plant identification, fire building, bow drills, throwing sticks, silent movement, natural camouflage, black powder shooting, cordage making, and more!
If you’re 14 or older next summer, consider going to Mountain Man Camp!