One of the goals of Arcadia’s program is that each girl becomes comfortable and confident in the out-of-doors. Each girl attends boating, campcraft, canoeing and swimming until she attains proficiency in these activities. The skills in these activities help the girls to become more independent in the woods, on the water and in the water.
Arcadia has 6 rowboats that allow campers to learn oarsmanship and small craft safety.
Campers learn the skills needed to live in the woods including fire building, use of jackknives, axes and saws, cooking over fires and stoves, orienteering, shelters, trees, plants, and conservation. Girls have the opportunity to use these skills on a variety of mountain and canoe trips ranging in length from 1-6 days. Girls 14 and older have the opportunity to participate in the summer long Junior Maine Guide Program. Since the program began in the 1950s, over 200 Arcadians have been certified as Junior Maine Guides by the State of Maine. Our Campcraft staff are certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR.
Arcadia has 25 canoes including wooden/canvas, aluminum and ABS canoes .Campers learn lake and river paddling skills, wind theory, care and repair of canoes and small craft safety. Girls have the opportunity to use these skills on a variety of canoe trips ranging in length from 1-6 days.
Taught by certified Water Safety Instructors and Lifeguards campers learn Red Cross Level 1-6 skills as well as additional water safety and competitive swimming skills. Girls have the opportunity to participate in a number of swim meets with other camps. Older campers have the opportunity to take American Red Cross Basic Water Rescue and Lifeguard Training (including CPR for the Professional Rescuer).