Join Us For Some
Fun In The Sun!

These camps will spend approximately half of their time in a coastal area sea kayaking, hiking and rock climbing followed by canoeing and hiking in Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument and Baxter State Park.

“Two voices are there – one of the mountains, one of the sea – each a mighty voice.”

Get your adventure on some of Maine’s best terrain. The first half of the session focuses on outdoor adventures near or in Acadia National Park. Learn the ropes and rock climb on spectacular cliffs overlooking pristine lakes and the Atlantic Ocean. Paddle by sea kayak or canoe to offshore islands where you can sample edibles from the sea as we learn about the natural environment and how to better preserve it. The last days are spent rock climbing, rappelling, paddleboarding and enjoying time with new friends. This is a great opportunity to learn about many different outdoor activities in a short time. Meet new friends, learn camping skills, land and sea navigation skills, and basic boating and climbing skills in this challenging and fun-filled trip. Sea kayaking programs will be led by ACA certified instructors and all rock climbing will be taught by PCIA or AMGA certified instructors. No experience required.

Limit: 12

 Dates, Content & Pricing

June 26- July 2, 2021 Acadia National Park $1400
July 5-July 18, 2021Acadia National Park and Northwoods Maine$2500

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

  • Alpenglow Adventure Sports (Orono): 92 Main St, Orono, ME 04473
    • Drop-Off Day: 10:00 am
    • Pick-Up Day: 11:00 am


Specific Info

General Info

  • Adventurers ages 13-18
  • Adventurers who enjoy spending time immersed in the wilderness
  • Adventurers who are independent and ready to spend time away from family
  • Explore Acadia National Park on foot, by boat, and through climbing
  • Explore Nothern Maine Woods through hiking and climbing
  • Gain proficiency in outdoor skills related to camping
  • Basic camping and outdoor living skills to include camp set, fire building, water treatment, cooking, and cleaning
  • Importance of trust, communication, and teamwork
  • Leave No Trace principles for camping and climbing
  • Basic first aid skills 
  • A bit of natural history – birds, plants, rocks, animals, tide pools, clouds as nature presents itself
  • Participate in a healthy group activity promoting trust, teamwork, and communication

Lodging Information:

  • Campers will sleep in tents separated by gender.
  • We stay in public campgrounds such as Bar Harbor Campground and Parks Pond Campgroun.  Campgrounds have bath and shower facilities.

Food Information:

  • Campers join the leaders in preparing delicious, healthy camp meals.
  • Vegetarian options are available as well.
  • Sample evening meals include pasta with sauce and salad, vegetable stir fry w/ chicken side, etc.
  • Breakfasts, lunch, snacks, and dinners will be provided.
  • The food list will be provided separately prior to the trip – we will eat well!
  • Please let us know if you have any food allergies or requests. We will make sure that any food allergies regardless of severity are accommodated. We will also do our best to accommodate various food requests and preferences.
  • Day pack – appx 30L (1800 ci) 
  • Backpack or duffel bag large enough to hold your gear
  • 20 – 30 degree sleeping bag* 
  • 72” x 24” ground pad or inflatable* 
  • 2 one-liter water
  • Hiking shoes or sturdy sneakers
  • Insulating inner layer of clothing
  • Insulating middle layer of Lightweight, loose-fitting long pants that dry
  • 2-3 pairs of socks
  • Warm socks (wool)
  • Underwear (amount at your discretion)
  • Hat
  • Shorts and tee shirts
  • Rain jacket and pants
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Journaling supplies
  • Sunscreen/lip balm
  • Insect repellent
  • Unbreakable cup, bowl, spoon, and fork
  • Toilet kit (toothbrush, comb, etc.)
  • Camera (optional)

Climbing Gear (these are all provided for campers if they don’t have their own)

  • Climbing Shoes
  • Climbing Harness
  • Belay Plate/Locking Carabiner
  • Chalkbag

Acadia Mountain Guides ask that you don’t send your camper with a phone for correspondence we thrive off of the experience of being in the wilderness and it allows your camper to more genuinely connect with their fellow campers.

We do understand that you are all parents and would like to be able to check on your camper or speak with our camp staff at various times. The best way to do that is by contacting our Bar Harbor store and leaving a message for the camp leaders. Camp leaders are expected to check in with the store every morning and night to ensure any messages that have come in will be relayed to the camper.

In the event of an out-of-camp emergency, you are encouraged to contact our camp manager directly who will subsequently get in touch with the camp leaders and your camper in the most efficient manner.

Many of the areas we work in also do not have great service. Leaders will provide you with their phone numbers if you need to reach them in an emergency. If you are unable to reach the leaders directly, you can call our Bar Harbor office at 207-288-8186 and they will know the exact location of the group and be able to facilitate getting a message to the camp leaders. Camp leaders check in each evening.

Our camps consist of consistent activity from the time our campers arrive at camp until they go home for the day. We expect all campers to be enthusiastic and energetic at the beginning of every day.

Here are a few ways you can get your camper prepared for all the fun activities they’ll be doing at summer camp:

In the weeks before camp:
15 – 30 minutes of general physical activity to raise the heart rate and break a sweat each day. This will help ensure that your camper has the energy to accompany us on all adventures we might do during the camp in a comfortable manner; if your child gets some extra exercise before camp they are much less likely to become fatigued and discouraged during camp.

10 minutes of goal-making. Sit down with your child a week or so before they are destined to head for camp and help them make a goal sheet not only for camp but for after camp. What do they want to learn during camp? Why do they want to learn that? And what will they do with the skills they gain after camp is over?

10 minutes of talking. The camp is most likely going to put your child in a position where they might experience frustration on a difficult climb, or have anxiety or fear around an activity, etc. Take five minutes to sit down with your child and talk to them about how these experiences might make them feel or any concerns they may have. (Our camp staff is happy to accommodate any concerns or discomforts your camper may have but we need you to tell us about them)

Everyone comes with expectations. We will do our best to help campers achieve their expectations. However, weather, group ability, access, personal fitness, and emotions all play a role in shaping the day. We strive to make each camp week a bit different from the previous week and cannot guarantee that campers will participate in every activity mentioned in our marketing materials.

A 50% deposit is required for registration.

Fifty percent (50%) of the deposit is refundable if cancellation is made more than 21 days in advance.

Cancellations made within twenty-one (21) days of the program forfeit the full tuition rate. 

A full refund will be given if Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School must cancel the course. 

Acadia Mountain Guides Summer Camps are closely following updates from the CDC, State of Maine, ACA, and the local public areas that we use. We will again be monitoring updates through the summer to be able to respond to this fluid situation and we are proactively making plans to address different scenarios.

We have changed our Cancellation and Refund Policy again in 2021. We want to encourage parents to go ahead and make summer plans for the outdoors. Should you need to cancel, for any reason related to COVID-19 or its repercussions we will gladly refund you in full.

Any gear you may need can be purchased ahead of the course from our gear store –

Alpenglow Adventure Sports – where you get a 25% off purchases made prior to camp and up to a week later as well as 15% discount off MSRP for life!!! 

Purchases may be made in-store or online. Gear purchased in advance of camp can often be prepared for you to have on the first day of camp.

Alpenglow will also price match any in-stock inventory if you find a better deal on the web for the same item. Simply send a link when you are ready to order to shop@alpenglowgear.com.

A minimum of four (4) participants are needed to run this program and there is a maximum of ten (10).

The decision to run the program will be made three weeks prior to the start date. In the case of low registration, you will have the options of joining another trip, receiving a refund, or possibly paying an additional amount to allow the trip to run with low numbers.

Tipping is never expected but always greatly appreciated. Like many in service industries, instructors and guides supplement their income with tips generated from satisfied clients.

AMGA and PCIA Accreditation – Acadia Mountain Guides has been an accredited member of the American Mountain Guides Association (responsible for training and certified American mountain guides) since opening in 1994 and the Professional Climbing Instructors Association (provides training and certification for climbing instructors) since the PCIA began in 2007. Both are voluntary yet extensive peer reviews of policies and field practices that are done on 3 – 5 year cycles.


DHHS Licensing – Acadia Mountain Guides is the only climbing based program in Maine to be also licensed by the Department of Health and Human Services. To achieve this; our health, sanitization and child welfare practices are evaluated annually and our site is visited randomly by a state official. 


Background Checks – An extensive background check of criminal and driving history is done on each AMG employee. 


The assumption is often made that all climbing schools meet the above. Not the case. This are details we feel are important to better manage our operation and provide for our client’s safety.

A History of
Leading the way…

Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School is the preeminent frontrunner in climbing instruction and guiding in Acadia and across Maine. Since 1994 we have specialized in designing customized experiences or training for you, your family, your group or company.

2021 Staff Coming Soon…


• Since 1994 •

AMGCS is one of 32 AMGA accredited programs in the US and was one of the earliest to pursue and achieve accreditation. AMGCS is the only climbing school in Maine to remain continuously AMGA accredited. We have had one or more full time AMGA rock guides on staff each year since 1994.

Owned by internationally recognized IFMGA/AMGA Mountain Guide Jon Tierney who has been climbing in Acadia since 1982. Jon has over 30 years of local and worldwide experience. The IFMGA requires full AMGA certification as a rock, alpine and ski mountaineering guide.

All instructors are certified as AMGA or PCIA Single Pitch Instructors and all guides have been trained or certified by the AMGA.

PCIA Accredited

• Since 2007 •

AMGCS has the distinction of also being accredited to the highest standards of the Professional Climbing Instructors Association. The PCIA requires all staff to be individually trained and certified.

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All Gear and Clothing

Become a client of Acadia Mountain Guides and receive a permanent 15% off MSRP on purchases in our stores or at AlpenglowGear.com.

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Gear Rental Program

AMGCS also rents outdoor equipment for your convenience. All clients receive 25% off rental equipment for use on our courses.
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