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About

Ocean Explorers Maine is a certified LLC business and has been running successfully since 2010.

We are a unique outdoor experiential learning camp for kids based out of Penobscot Bay. We will use island exploration along the coast of Maine as our platform. Each session will be limited to 6 explorers per session. Three prominent themes will be carried through all of Ocean Explorers sessions this summer:

  1. Strengthening of body and mind. 

  2. Experiential learning with maritime topics such as marine ecology/science, navigation, seamanship. 

  3. Skill building in Leave-No-Trace/Off-the-Grid concepts throughout our time spent in the outdoors and camping. 

 

How can we build confidence and internal fortitude in kids?

It is never too early to teach kids how to find the power within. The most helpful skills we can give our kids at this time in their lives are resiliency, grit, self-reliance and the knowledge that power stems from strength - both emotional and physical. Being in the outdoors, learning how to take care of ourselves and our community may be the best way to develop these skills. Fully immersing kids in a nature-based expedition is the most exciting way for them to realize how powerful they truly are! One of the best times to do this is middle school age when they are facing the world of rapid change - navigating increasingly more complicated social and moral interactions, physical changes in their body, a stronger influence from peer groups and the newly forming need for more independence.

 

A typical day at Ocean Explorers may include the following:

  • A rotation of jobs (navigator, cook, medic, leader, campsite master, morale booster)

  • Breakfast prep, eat and clean-up

  • Pack up for the day

  • Completion of breaking down the campsite

  • Leave-no-trace check

  • The daily reading, weather check and briefing of the daily activities

  • Daily expedition including route finding (navigation), intentional activities to encourage building of the team, personal physical challenges

  • A intertidal zone walk; marine ecology

  • RockClimbing with Equinox Guiding Service

  • A goal setting session

  • Swimming with life jackets

  • Crabbing

  • Campsite location

  • Dinner prep and eating; cleanup

  • Journal; Debrief of the day’s activities

  • Star gazing

 

Throughout our daily travels and learnings we will pause and reflect on our communication, continue to build healthy group dynamics and enjoy simple play. With the exception of my personal cell phone (for safety and documenting our adventure) there will be no screens allowed on our trip.

 

Specific skills that will be introduced and practiced over the session:

  • Learning dead reckoning navigation using parallel rulers, dividers and a chart

  • Understanding tides and current flow

  • Accessing weather reports and reporting these

  • Practicing seamanship skills including knots and coiling lines

  • Building skill in anchoring a boat and/or picking up a mooring

  • Identifying marine flora and fauna

  • Identifying and setting up a low impact camping site / leave no trace / fire building / bow and arrow making

  • Enjoying guided solo and journal time 

  • Creating art from the sea

  • Participating in community service of island trash pick up

  • Daily exercises for strengthening our core body

Ocean Explorers Maine is a member of the Maine Island Trail Association.  We take pride in picking up trash from the Maine Islands and Mountains.  This summer during these camps we will be studying these findings with NOAA Marine Debris Tracker for the Rozalia Project.

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Owner / Director Jeni Conover

I am a mom to 3 wonderful children, a resident of Maine and a committed teacher. I presently work full-time at Carrabassett Valley Academy. My professional life has held the common thread of working with kids in the outdoors. I find tremendous value and growth when I am stripped of distraction and allow myself to focus on the here and now. Working in the outdoors gives me this focus and allows me to dive fully into my work.

My professional outdoor work has been varied and includes teaching sailing, leading Outward Bound courses, owning and managing a nature-based preschool as well as a coach at a few astute alpine ski racing facilities, (Telluride Alpine Race Team, Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, and Carrabassett Valley Academy). I was the director and coach for the Camden Snow Bowl ski racing program for 10 years. I also have coached camps in Montana, Colorado, Chile, and Mt. Hood.

Additionally I am trained in Wilderness First Responder and hold current CPR and First Aid Certificates. I have a 50-ton captain license from the USCG. I have sailed transatlantic, throughout the Scandinavian countries (which included above the Arctic circle into the Lofoten Islands), through the Mediterranean Sea and into the Caribbean, and up the Eastern coast of the US.

Lastly and most importantly I love the people I work with/teach/coach. I hold tremendous value in identifying strengths in kids, encouraging them to see these strengths and build on them as well as giving a platform to practice healthy and productive communication. I care deeply for the well-being of human-kind and diligently do my part to encourage positive growth with the kids I take into an outdoor experience.

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Schedule

2022 Ocean Explorers - Maine islands experience

6 children/trip

OVERNIGHT CAMPS

Ages: 10-14

 3-5 day / 2-4 night

  • June 27-July 1 (5 day/4 night) ages 10-12 FULL

  • July 5-7  (3 day/2 night) ages 13-15 FULL

  • July 18-22)  (5 day/4 night) ages 10-12 FULL
  • August 10-12 (3 day/2 night) FULL

                    

 

I have added a RockClimbing session to some of these camps with Equinox Guiding Service.  I have worked with Noah before with groups of kids and he is outstanding!

                                                                                                                                           

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Get In Touch

Ocean Explorers Maine

oceanexplorersmaine@gmail.com

207 542 4903 

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