Adventure in Adventure Out offers, in collaboration with the Bement School, a unique chance to broaden your internal and external horizons as you visit a new location each day, practice new skills, make new friends, and challenge your perceived limits. With different activities and locations each week, participants will have the opportunity to connect with the natural environment and try rock climbing, caving, canoeing, kayaking, raft building, GPS scavanger hunt, archery, some wilderness survival skills, and much more! All of these activities are led by Adventure In Adventure Out’s highly trained and skilled staff members, who are seasoned veterans in the fields of environmental and outdoor education and are passionate about creating a dynamic environment for participants to discover and engage their relationships to themselves, to their peers and community, and to our natural surroundings.
Age: Boys and girls, 9 to 14 years old / August 21st-25th Session is 7-9 years old
Dates: There are four 5-day sessions. See below for details. Sign up for any week on its own, or more!
Time: Drop off at the Bement School at 9:00 am and pick up at 4:00 pm, Friday pick-ups are at 5:30 p.m. except August 21st-25th week.
Cost: $375/week/child; $1400 for all four weeks (please contact the Bement School for this discounted rate)
Outdoor Challenge Week 1 – June 19th-23rd
Day 1 – One Match Fire Challenge, Archery, & Giant Jenga – Got skills? Let’s see your stuff.
Day 2 – Old Growth Trees & Ice Glen Caves – giant pines & hemlocks, and caves that kept ice until June – pretty cool.
Day 3 – Kayaking & island exploration on Ct. River – paddle our new boats, check out two islands and look for bald eagles.
Day 4 – Rock Climbing at Rose Ledges – are you up for it? Then let’s rock on!
Day 5 – Ward/Gregory Cave – Beneath the ancient ocean – ¾ mile of limestone passages – Ward side of cave – 5:30 p.m. pick up
Outdoor Challenge Week 2 – August 7th-11th
Day 1 – Cranberry Bog walk, up the stone staircase to Mount Mineral vista! And don’t forget to hunt the treasure with GPS units.
Day 2 – Animal Track Casting and Raft building race on CT River – You won’t “cast” any doubts about this trip once you try it.
Day 3 – Farley Cave Exploration – Hike up and then climb inside the mountain – “Gneiss”
Day 4 – Tully Lake Canoeing & Waterfall Hike – triple waterfall, lots of islands to explore – “water” you waiting for?
Day 5 – Mt. Monadnock Hike – 360-degree view, above tree line, Wow! Cameras and binoculars recommended. 5:30 p.m. pick up
Outdoor Challenge Week 3 – August 14th-18th
Day 1 – History Rocks – Old mill foundations, Charcoal kiln, Monks cave, old town pound & creek swim!
Day 2 – Huck Finn Rafts – Canoes, lumber, screws, electric drills – let’s build it!
Day 3 – Kayaking and Blueberry Picking at Tully Lake – dozens of islands, lots of yum!
Day 4 – Canoeing & Hunting for Natural Clay on the CT River – Natives mixed clay with shells to make pottery–let’s find some
Day 5 – Ward/Gregory Cave – Beneath the ancient ocean – ¾ mile of limestone passages – Gregory side of cave. 5:30 p.m. pick up
Outdoor Challenge Week 4 – August 21st-25th
Day 1 – Mount Mineral Hike & Monk’s Cave – Cross a cranberry bog on a wooden board walk & up a staircase to a primo view & visit a hidden cave chamber.
Day 2 – Huck Finn Rafts – Two canoes, plywood, 2 x 4’s, screws, battery powered drills, and a carpet, and some effort and voila!, a floating catamaran to paddle.
Day 3 – Puddingstone Caves – Explore a geologic anomaly here in the valley. Headlamps, helmets, adventure! Sorry you can’t eat the puddingstone.
Day 4 – Archery, Climbing Wall & Primitive Shelter Building – Visit AIAO’s archery range & climbing wall, and build shelters in our woods with leaves, tree, limbs, and some coaching.
Day 5 – Kayaking – Paddle our new kayaks on the Swift River in Belchertown. Cool, clear water flowing out of the Quabbin. Look for the trout, beneath your boat, and enjoy the sights! 4 pm pick-up