Each summer Chop Point offers exciting adventure trips that build memories for a lifetime. Geared to the experience level of the campers, each trip is a fun-filled, hands-on adventure where close friendships often develop. All trips are optional, and campers can choose to go on as many or as few as they’d like. There are no extra charges for the majority of our trips. Campers sign up for trips during the first few days of each session. Some trips are limited due to group sizes and minimum age requirements. We are adjusting our trip program for 2021. We will be running a much different trip program composed of mainly day trips and some limited overnight outings. Our primary reason for this is to limit our programs exposure to outsiders and potentially bringing Covid back to camp. While the trip program will be different we will be able to get out and explore some of the out of the way places, hikes, paddles and biking in Maine. We look forward to finding and exploring these hidden gems.
Suggested Equipment lists…
- Hiking – rugged shoes, rain gear, light sleeping bag, polar-fleece jacket
- Canoe/Kayak – water shoes, rain gear, light sleeping bag, polar-fleece jacket
- Biking – rugged shoes, rain gear, light sleeping bag, polar-fleece jacket
Safety is a top priority. By Maine State law each trip must include a trained, certified trip leader. Chop Point teaches our staff the state-mandated course as part of their training. Life jackets are a part of all waterfront activities. Whenever possible, a cellular telephone is taken along. Satellite communicators were added to our program in 2018.
BIKING TRIPS—We will be taking mainly day trips for the the summer of 2021. We are located within a 2 hour drive of some of the top riding in the Northeast in the Carrabassett Valley. We will also take excursions to some of our local trails in the Midcoast Area including South Bath, Bradbury Mountain State Park and Black Strap preserve in Falmouth. All of these options have trails for riders of many abilities and we will gear the outings to the interests and riding levels of the campers who are going. Bring your own bike or use one of Chop Point’s mountain bikes.
CANOE TRIPS—Canoes are ideal for exploring the rivers and bays of Maine. Before the first trip, a camper must pass a swimming test and receive instruction in canoeing safety. Our canoe trips will range closer to home this summer and we will focus on either day trips along local rivers and ponds or overnight trips along the Kennebec River departing right from Chop Point.
HIKING TRIPS—We will be focusing on day hikes this summer to some of Maine’s lesser known peaks. We will offer a variety of hikes for all levels of hikers and look forward to tacking some trails Chop Point has not hiked for years. We are within a 2 hour drive of many exciting hikes within Maine.
KAYAK TRIPS—Kayaking trips are taken in the shelter and safety of the coastal rivers and bays. Sea kayaks are a fast and efficient way to travel on the water in Maine; they offer a different experience than your traditional canoe. Our kayak trip typically is an overnight trip that camps either at a Chop Point property about 11 miles North of us on the river or at campsites on our property.
Returning Summer 2022 SAILING TRIPS—Many feel that the only way to experience Maine is from the water by boat. The Schooner J&E Riggin, an 89-ft sailboat, offers the perfect opportunity for our campers to get that experience. Each summer we take one overnight trip aboard the Riggin. There are many islands and harbors to see during these trips. The boat is a beautiful sailing vessel and National Historic Landmark.
Returning Summer 2022 BOSTON—Tour the Birthplace of the American Revolution. We take a two-day trip to historic Boston. The trip may include: following parts of the Freedom Trail, touring historic buildings/museums/monuments, eating in the famous North End and shopping. This trip is geared for the more metropolitan camper. Never fear, there will still be some camping out in the back yard of a staff member.
Returning Summer 2022 WHITE WATER RAFTING—A three-hour drive to the head of the Kennebec River in the Forks begins a spectacular challenge of the Class IV rapids of the Gorge. Registered Maine guides using self-bailing rafts make this thrilling experience one to remember. An extra fee of $95 and a parental release form is required (You may leave the reservation number, meal choice and date of the trip blank we will fill that out before our trip).
As we state above we will be running primarily day trips and adventures for the summer of 2021.