River Camp

Think you have to choose between earning money and having a fun summer??

Think again!


The Downeast Salmon Federation and the Cobscook Institute are offering a two-week experience for Washington County teens interested in outdoor careers. This co-ed youth crew will live at the Wigwams Rapids on the Machias River and work together with professionals doing trail work, salmon habitat restoration, and other outdoor work projects. At the same time, they will paddle, gain skills, swim and finish the summer with a $200 honorarium in recognition of their contribution.

wigwamsTeens will work with on-site leaders in three major areas: salmon habitat restoration, trail work, and interpretive signs, and assisting archaeologists. Teens work with Downeast Salmon Federation (DSF) and Cobscook Institute (CI) staff to restore salmon habitat by removing remnant dams and other improvements to rivers and streams. Teens also help with scientific data collection. Trail tasks range from planting native plants for erosion control to litter clean-up to building nature trails.

Conditions at the Wigwams camp are rustic but comfortable. Teens sleep in tents and there is no electricity or phone. The camp building is used as a common space where they cook meals, play cards, listen to guest speakers or make music together. Bathing is improvised and privies are a short walk from the living area. After the day’s work is done, the crew makes hearty meals together and there is time to swim, fish, make artwork or relax every evening. Weekends feature short trips to paddle and explore other areas of the watershed. Trips are planned based on student interest. Weekend activities could include climbing Tunk Mountain, a field trip to the Machiasport petroglyphs or overnight solo experiences. Wigwams camp is an unforgettable way to be immersed in the outdoors!

wigwams2The program seeks mature, hard-working teens. Ideal participants are interested in an outdoor experience more comprehensive than a regular summer job. A desire to learn and work together as a team is valued above an extensive work history. Participants should be ready to fully embrace the here-and-now by leaving cell phones and other electronics at home. We are actively seeking applicants from Maine’s Native American tribes and other Washington County communities.

For more information on how to sign up, contact Michael Giudilli at michael@cobscookinstitute.org– 733-2233 ext:320. Or visit one of our Downeast Salmon Federation locations.

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