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Kroka Expeditions is committed to awakening in young people a connection to nature and the spirit within, and a capacity for conscious living and compassionate service. We strive to achieve this through wilderness adventure, community living, farming, and the practice of traditional and indigenous skills.

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Kroka pioneers innovative methods of teaching technical adventure sports combined with fostering a deep connection to the earth.

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Kroka teachers are an international group of experienced guides and educators who draw from North American, South American, and Russian outdoor living traditions.

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Kroka’s campus is a real village, where staff and students live side-by-side in a community made up of student-crafted traditional dwellings.

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Kroka’s working farm allows students to share in the growing, harvesting, preparing, and eating of wholesome foods.

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Kroka teaches and practices traditional handwork skills using natural materials. Kroka is committed to the participation of all, regardless of ability to pay.

We offer a wide variety of programs in the summer, spanning from ages 6–18. Our PROGRAMS FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN foster the spirit of living and playing in nature, while cultivating a connection to the land and setting a foundation for outdoor adventure skills. Our more ADVANCED PROGRAMS FOR OLDER STUDENTS AND ADULTS use wilderness expedition and adventure as a tool for experiencing independence, exhilaration, freedom, responsibility, and empowerment, as well as creating deep connections with new friends and the natural world.

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Course Offerings Ages

Gender

6-8

Girls & Boys

Adventures for Small People

Program

Length

Category

5 Days

Introductory

9 - 10

Girls & Boys

Farmers and Gnomes

9 - 10

Girls & Boys

Children of Kroka Village

Mon Jul 7 Fri Jul 11

5 Days

Introductory

Sun Aug 3 Sat Aug 9

7 Days

Introductory

10 - 11

Girls & Boys

Introduction to Adventure: Hobbits of the Shire

10 - 11

Girls & Boys

Introduction to Adventure: Elves of the Forest

Sun Jul 20 Sat Jul 26

7 Days

Introductory

Sun Aug 17 Sat Aug 23

7 Days

Introductory

11 - 13

Girls & Boys

River Rascals

Sun Jun 29 Sat Jul 5

7 Days

Paddling

11 - 13

Girls & Boys

11 - 13

Girls Only

Climbing Rocks!

Sun Jun 29 Sat Jul 5

7 Days

Climbing

Wilderness Adventures for Girls - Session 1

Sun Jun 29 Sat Jul 5

7 Days

Introductory

11 - 13

Girls & Boys

In Search of Lost Caverns

Sun Jul 6 Sat Jul 12

7 Days

Caving

11 - 13

Girls & Boys

Introduction to White Water

Sun Jul 6 Sat Jul 12

7 Days

Paddling

11 - 13

Girls & Boys

Wild Crafts

Sun Jul 13 Sat Jul 19

7 Days

Skills

11 - 13

Girls & Boys

Treasure Island

Sun Jul 13 Tue Jul 22

10 Days

Introductory

11 - 13

Girls & Boys

Pirates of Lake Champlain

Sun Jul 20 Sat Jul 26

7 Days

Introductory

11 - 13

Boys Only

Wild Crafts for Boys

Sun Jul 27 Sat Aug 2

7 Days

Skills

11 - 13

Girls Only

Wilderness Adventures for Girls - Session 2

Sun Jul 27 Sat Aug 2

7 Days

Introductory

11 - 13

Girls & Boys

The Kroka Sampler

Sun Aug 3 Sat Aug 9

7 Days

Introductory

11 - 13

Girls & Boys

Fishing for Adventure

Sun Aug 10 Sat Aug 16

7 Days

Introductory

11 - 13

Girls & Boys

No Brakes

Sun Aug 10 Sat Aug 16

7 Days

Biking

11 - 13

Girls & Boys

The Lost Tribe of the Ashuelot

Sun Aug 17 Sat Aug 23

7 Days

Skills

13 - 15

Girls & Boys

Keepers of the Flame

Sun Jul 6 Sat Jul 12

7 Days

Skills

13 - 15

Girls & Boys

Vertical

Sun Jul 13 Tue Jul 22

10 Days

Climbing

13 - 15

Girls & Boys

Caves, Cliffs and Waterfalls

Sun Jul 27 Sat Aug 9

14 Days

Caving

13 - 15

Girls Only

Sun Aug 10 Sat Aug 23

14 Days

Expedition

Wild Girls

Dates

Mon Jun 30 Fri Jul 4

13 - 16

Girls & Boys

Paddlers Journey Up North

Sun Jul 13 Tue Jul 22

10 Days

Paddling

14 - 18

Girls & Boys

Climbers Journey Up North

Sun Aug 3 Sat Aug 16

14 Days

Climbing

Mon Jul 28 Sat Aug 23

27 Days

Paddling

Sun Jul 6 Sat Jul 19

14 Days

Expedition

Sun Jul 27 Sat Aug 16

21 Days

Expedition

7 Days

Adult

15+

Girls & Boys

Canadian Expedition: Moisie River

15 - 18

Girls & Boys

Expedition Pre-Columbus

15 - 18

Girls & Boys

Ocean Leadership Expedition

25+

Adults

Teacher Training Program

Sun Jun 29 Sat Jul 5

Note: All program descriptions that follow are subject to change due to weather or unforeseeable circumstances.


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ADVENTURES FOR SMALL PEOPLE AGES 6-8 | JUNE 30–JULY 4

FARMERS AND GNOMES

CHILDREN OF KROKA VILLAGE

AGES 9-10 | JULY 7–11

AGES 9-10 | AUGUST 3–9

Adventures for Small People is the perfect day program for children to embark on a new adventure! This fiveday program gives children the opportunity to play, explore, discover, and have lots and lots of fun in nature. We will paddle a voyageur canoe, find treasures in the woods, and scramble up rocks. There will be work in the garden and taking care of the animals, singing songs, swimming, listening to stories, creating crafts, and playing games. Days will be full of fun, healthy physical activity, laughter, and making friends.

Young sprouts of the forest come join in the fun on the Kroka farm! For five days we will dig in the dirt, splash in the water, pull up weeds, and spend time with the animals. Kroka’s small-scale farm is full of life waiting to be shared with you. This week is perfect for first time campers looking for a low-key sleep-away experience filled with adventure. We will explore, work the land, swim, pick berries, make new friends, play games, and craft by day. Each night, we will come together to share meals and sleep in hobbit houses at our base camp. The program will culminate on Friday evening with a delicious family feast fully harvested and prepared for by the children eager to share their experiences.

Come roast bread-on-a-stick over the fire, pick berries, build a dam in the brook, and float boats downstream! During an exciting week, young campers will join in the farm and garden life at Kroka Village, while staying at the Kroka base camp. This is an introductory program aimed at cultivating imagination and wonder. The long summer days will be filled with canoeing, building forts, swimming, and working on traditional crafts. Everyday, we will immerse ourselves in the simple life on the farm at Kroka, spending lots of time with the animals and in the garden. Children of Kroka Village is the perfect experience for young adventurers who are new to sleepaway camp.

Looking for more day programs this summer? Check out what The Orchard School has going on at www.theorchardschool.org.


INTRODUCTION TO ADVENTURE

THE KROKA SAMPLER

PIRATES OF LAKE CHAMPLAIN

AGES 10-11 | JULY 20–26 | AUGUST 17–23

AGES 11-13 | AUGUST 3–9

AGES 11-13 | JULY 20–26

HOBBITS OF THE SHIRE ELVES OF THE FOREST

Don’t choose between one great activity or another, instead try out Kroka’s sampler program and dip your toes into a selection of activities that we have to offer. Rock climbing, white water paddling, caving, and forest exploration will all be included in this fun packed week. This is the perfect choice for students new to Kroka interested in a dose of wilderness, adventure, and outdoor living. We will scramble, paddle, build, explore, and play lots of games. The week will be filled with fresh food from the Kroka garden cooked over open fires, and refreshing swims to keep us cool in the summer heat as our group comes together to form a family. This program will build the platform necessary for all other Kroka adventures, so come check us out and you will surely have a blast!

Ahoy! Bring your bandanas and fearless sense of adventure as we take to the water as a band of pirates. We begin at Kroka Village, making a pirate flag and preparing for our expedition before heading north to the dazzling Lake Champlain. Traveling in our voyageur canoes, we will create a wilderness outpost for the week. The Champlain Valley holds immense history, which we will learn about as we travel through waters that have experienced over 300 shipwrecks. Each day we will head out on mini-adventures: exploring the coastline by canoe, going for long swims, creating crafts, scrambling up rocks, fishing from shore, cliff jumping, and sailing if the weather permits. We will enjoy magnificent sunrises over the Green Mountains and soak in the spectacular skyline of the Adirondacks by day. Come join our band!

For the last nineteen years this program has introduced hundreds of children to the wonders of wilderness adventure. It is perfect for campers who are ready to participate in their very first expedition. The week begins at base camp doing useful work around Kroka Village and the farm. We will learn new skills and make new connections through day trips around our local area. All of this is in preparation for a three-day miniexpedition, during which our lives will be full and rich as we settle into the rhythm of campfire meals, stories and songs, swimming, fishing, exploration, play, and wilderness craft. Activities will differ session to session so children can attend both weeks!

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TREASURE ISLAND

FISHING FOR ADVENTURE

AGES 11-13 | JULY 13–22

AGES 11-13 | AUGUST 10–16

WILDERNESS ADVENTURES FOR GIRLS SESSIONS 1 & 2 | AGES 11-13

Come one and all for ten days spent hunting for treasures! We form our crew and head to the coast of Maine, where we will paddle our voyageur canoes, modeled after those that have been navigating northern waters for thousands of years. The first day we travel a short distance across a sheltered bay to our wilderness island home for the week. We will create a secret hideout, practice fire-building, and do wilderness crafts. In addition, each day will include seafaring excursions to nearby wonders. There will be islands to overtake and explore, coves to brave cold waters in, and tidal pools to investigate. We will forage for mussels, fish for mackerel, and harvest blueberries. Everyone will come away from this week having witnessed beautiful sunsets and made lasting new friendships. Sign up to uncover some of the mysteries of the sea! If you enjoy this program you can come back for our Ocean Leadership Expedition.

Every summer we set out onto our local ponds and streams in search of fun and adventure. This summer, join us to explore local waters in a whole new way. Hiding beneath the rippling surface is an underwater world full of life: whispering weeds, basking frogs, slithering salamanders, and most importantly, shimmering fish! If you love fishing, or want to become hooked on a new and exciting art, now is the time. In this brand new program, we will bait hooks, cast lines, and catch fish with respect and gratitude. With the fish that we catch, we will learn different ways to prepare, cook, and enjoy what we harvest. We will observe their habitats, and learn the ins and outs of being a fish by examining their anatomy and discovering the best ways to reel them in. In addition to all this fishy business, days will be spent doing handcraft projects, swimming, playing games, turning over rocks, exploring, and basking in the joys of summer outdoor living.

Attention to all spirited, fun, and adventurous girls: come join us as we venture into the outdoors! Our first session will start out hiking along a river trail to where our canoes await us. We then paddle across the beautiful Somerset Reservoir to a magical hidden cove where we will create our wilderness home. Our second session is for girls who did this program last year and are looking to reunite, however it is open to new students as well. This session will take place on the vast Lake Champlain. Both locations facilitate unique opportunities for swimming, practicing paddling skills, making wilderness crafts, singing, and exploring the lakeshore to see what lies beyond our camp. In the evenings, we will come together to witness the setting sun and reflect on our experiences. This fabulous adventure cannot be missed, and can be continued on into the future with our Wild Girls program!

JUNE 29–JULY 5 | JULY 27–AUGUST 2


NO BRAKES AGES 11-13 | AUGUST 10–16 Join veteran Kroka instructor Mathias Dammer and bike builder Joe Graham on Kroka’s very first mountain bike program! After tuning up our bikes and reviewing riding techniques, we will head into the forest for a week filled with spectacularly wild mountain bike adventures. The de-population of New England following the Civil war left our forests full of wondrous dirt trails with treasures to discover along the way: abandoned root cellars, barn foundations, and hidden cemeteries. Our exploration rides will return back to Kroka at the end of each day with campfire meals and cozy hobbit homes to sleep in. At the end of the week we will embark on a two-day overnight mini-expedition that will take us all the way down to the Connecticut River. Everyday there will be time for swimming, games, and stories by the campfire. In addition to riding, students will learn to take care of their bikes by performing basic repairs, and will also participate in mountain bike trail construction.

“My son has said many times that Kroka had the most delicious food. He was raving to me the other night while we drank some peppermint tea how I just can’t understand how good hemlock tea is when you are in the woods and collect the hemlock yourself.” – Summer Parent

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KEEPERS OF THE FLAME

AGES 11-13 | JULY 13–19 | JULY 27–AUGUST 2

THE LOST TRIBE OF THE ASHUELOT

Note: Session 2 is for boys only.

AGES 11-13 | AUGUST 17–23

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in a time when all the necessities of life were made by hand from the raw materials of the earth? Not very long ago, people walked the secret paths of old as carefully as a fox. During this exciting week of adventure and discovery, we will settle into traditional dwellings made from poles and sod. We will learn the names of trees as we search for the perfect branches that will become our bows and arrows. Days will be filled with playing forest games, swimming, lighting fires, learning to cook wholesome feasts, and experiencing a day of rock climbing. Venturing deep into the forest, we will set up a wilderness outpost and learn a variety of primitive crafts; from coal-burnt spoons to sewing leather pouches. Crafts vary session to session. Come celebrate the wonder of producing useful things from the gifts of the forest and return home with your own creations.

Become the Lost Tribe; the wild children of the forest. Imagine stalking down a woodland trail to our camp of handmade shelters. Experience the pure fun and magic of living out in the woods for a week and calling the forest home. At the headwaters of the Grassy Brook, hidden deep in the forest, we will create this home together. We will spend our days exploring the woods, ponds, streams, and mountains, while learning from the plants and animals we meet. Through the wilderness skills of shelter building, making fire by friction, foraging, and tracking, we will experience a sense of belonging. We will form a community, a tribe. Yes, we are the Lost Tribe, the wild ones, adventuring and learning the secrets of the earth.

You cup it gently in your palm, the most powerful force on Earth, the source of life. This miniature sun that you now hold was spun to life with wood you gathered in the forest, and your gentle breath coaxing it to become fire. In this adventure you will learn to make fire in many ways, both new and ancient, with friction, flint and steel, matches, and more. As you travel the forest, you will learn to carry fire with you, to bring it to life in the wet and rain, and to use it to make things that you need. Its coals will burn the branch that becomes your spoon. It will be the center of the legends and stories that we share at night. As you deepen your relationship with this element, you will learn to make it, tend it, use it, celebrate it, and care for it. More than this, you will come to know and understand fire as a sacred part of our lives.

WILD CRAFTS

SESSIONS 1 & 2

AGES 13-15 | JULY 6–12


“We love the sense of community that Kroka has built and the gratitude it radiates for food and the earth. I love how Kroka has woven strong principles into the fabric of the camp experience� – Summer Parent


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“On the surface my daughter learned self sufficiency skills, but less measurable were all the little things reinforced regarding tolerance, empathy, cooperation, responsibility to the group, and putting others ahead of yourself.” – Summer Parent

IN SEARCH OF LOST CAVERNS

CAVES, CLIFFS & WATERFALLS

AGES 11-13 | JULY 6–12

AGES 13-15 | JULY 27–AUGUST 9

Become awakened to the world below our feet in all its glittering glory, a world that holds mystery, challenge, and amazement. This is an introductory course to the sport of caving, where we will cover basic knot tying, safe caving techniques, and develop an awareness for the fragility of the earth. The first day will be spent examining mines in our local area, followed by a day of rock climbing as a tool to prepare for our caving expedition. Mid-week we will depart, heading into magical underground caverns, all safe spaces to practice our skills and explore. Our days experiencing what lies beneath our feet will be balanced with plenty of fun swimming, playing games, and making beautiful handcrafts. This program prepares students for our intermediate caving program Caves, Cliffs, and Waterfalls. Come take your first steps into the mystical underground environment that few have the opportunity to experience!

Don’t miss this adventure combining rock climbing with underground exploration! The first half of the program focuses on rock climbing and rope skills, including belaying, body movement, and knot tying techniques. We will climb, swim, explore new places, and enjoy camp life. The second half of the program will be spent exploring caverns that take us deep into the glittering underground world. As we gain experience in caving, we will scurry through tunnels, wade through underground streams, and witness beautiful rock formations that have been establishing for thousands of years. After swimming and washing off the cave mud in a mountain river or waterfall, our afternoons will be spent at camp learning different fire-building techniques, creating beautiful wilderness crafts, gathering wild edibles, and living joyously and simply in the forest. We will end our days with campfire stories and songs.


CLIMBING ROCKS!

VERTICAL

CLIMBERS JOURNEY UP NORTH

AGES 11-13 | JUNE 29–JULY 5

AGES 13-15 | JULY 13–22

AGES 14-18 | AUGUST 3–16

This adventure will teach you the ropes of wilderness rock climbing, while practicing belaying, rope handling, safety, and rappelling techniques. Our days will be spent traveling to local climbing sites to experience the wonder and magic of mountains and rocks. We will come together as a close-knit group as we share our home, meals, stories, and laughter. This is a unique sport where you can challenge yourself individually, while being held by a supportive family of new friends. The climbs and rappels will become harder throughout the week, balanced by afternoons spent picking berries, exploring swimming holes, and cooling off in our very own pond! Base camp life will include making crafts, spending time in the Kroka garden, and enjoying each other’s company. After this program, our intermediate climbing program, Vertical, is recommended. So come rock out!

This intermediate climbing expedition will follow in the footsteps of the Algonquian natives of the Adirondack Mountains. We will begin at Kroka practicing climbing skills and rope handling in the mornings, while crafting wooden spoons and basswood cordage in the afternoons. Once we have gathered the skills we need, we will head as a team of cliff dwellers up north to the Adirondack Mountains. Join us for this ten-day adventure exploring cliffs, enjoying spectacular views, scavenging for wild edibles in the forest, swimming in cold mountain streams, and enjoying sunrises from the summits of some of the highest peaks in the Northeast. If you enjoy this program, check out Climbers Journey Up North!

For students who have either completed our introductory climbing programs, or have previous climbing experience.

Living in the woods, swimming, crafting, and climbing remote cliffs will fill our lives and strengthen our spirits. The first part of the week will be spent reviewing basic skills including belay techniques, knot tying, and anchor placement. In addition, we will sew our own shoulder bags! We will then head to the Adirondack Mountains, where we will continue working on technical skills. Our daily lives will include practicing balance and concentration, swimming, laughing, and creating music. At the end of the climbing expedition those who are ready will be able to climb a magnificent 2,500-foot slab with breathtaking views all around. Climbing is not just a sport, it is a way of life in which we connect with nature and our inner selves. Bring your spirit and determination, challenge yourself to take the next step, and you are sure to experience rewarding feelings of accomplishment, pride, and connection.

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RIVER RASCALS AGES 11-13 | JUNE 29–JULY 5

“What I like best about Kroka is that you live with only the necessities. Then when you get home to all of the extra things, it makes you appreciate them a lot more.” – Summer Student

All you river rascals out there, it is time to come together and head to the water. This will be a week of canoeing, kayaking, and swimming down currents, around bends, and into eddies. Skill building begins in our very own pond at Kroka, after which we will embark on a fourday expedition. Time will be given to basic fast water safety and practicing swimming in moving water, with opportunities to paddle both kayaks and tandem canoes. In addition, we will simply soak in the joys of river life in the summer. Our afternoons will include camp setup in the woods or on sandbars, collecting firewood for cooking, and time for play and discovery. Days end with craftwork, a campfire meal, a story, and songs.

INTRODUCTION TO WHITE WATER AGES 11-13 | JULY 6–12 Become part of the Kroka white water paddling clan! This is a sequel to the River Rascals program, but it can also be taken independently. Upon arrival you will jump right in with your first rolling lesson in our beautiful Kroka pond. We will then travel as a group to our home base for the week on the Deerfield River in Western Massachusetts. We will camp in a magical forest by the side of a clear mountain stream, and hike down to the river each day to practice kayaking, tandem and solo canoeing, surfing, rolling, river reading, and white water swimming techniques. Working in small groups allows us to focus on the individual needs and learning styles of each student. Students learn skills necessary for safe passage in Class II white water. Those who are ready may practice Class III paddling as well. If you enjoy this program, look into Paddlers Journey Up North.


PADDLERS JOURNEY UP NORTH

CANADIAN EXPEDITION

AGES 13-16 | JULY 13–22

MOISIE RIVER AGES 15+ | JULY 28–AUGUST 23

Come further refine your white water paddling skills on the West Branch of the Penobscot River with a dedicated group of young people. This is an intermediateadvanced paddling program and is appropriate for students with previous white water experience and for those seeking the training necessary to participate in Kroka’s advanced Canadian Expedition. After a day and a half spent soaking in the Kroka pond rolling kayaks and canoes, we will travel north. Once at the river, we make our base camp at the bottom of one of the most beautiful stretches of white water in the country called the Seboomook. Three miles of rapids ranging in difficulty from Class II to IV are formed in a series of drops followed by clear pools. This creates a perfect learning progression that allows for students to take risks safely. Our lives within this magnificent scenery will be enriched by abundant wildlife, blueberries, and fishing. You will immediately understand why this river is worth traveling to!

For returning students with previous white water experience and/or a strong interest in a remote wilderness expedition.

From its headwaters far north in Labrador, the Moisie River flows 250 miles south to the bay of the St. Lawrence. On its way it strings through chains of glacial lakes, and carves a narrow path through deep canyons. Waterfalls cascade down from rugged mountain peaks, the cold water is crystal clear, and the rapids (Class II–IV) are numerous. Rapid after rapid, you will develop confidence in river reading, paddling techniques, and rescue skills. Our mixed fleet of highly specialized boats allows you to develop confidence in tandem and solo canoes, as well as kayaks. Only a few wilderness travelers paddle the Moisie River each year and experience the pristine environment that has had little influence from the development of civilization. As the forest around us changes from tundra to taiga, we will also change from a group of individuals to a tightknit expedition community. The last time Kroka offered an expedition down the Moisie River was with Misha and Lynne (Kroka’s co-founders) in 2002. We are excited to return 12 years later! All accepted students will be assigned pre-season expedition responsibilities, and everyone will participate in pre-expedition food dehydration. In addition, each student is expected to fundraise $150 towards our expedition!

“We all love our experience with Kroka. It is nice as a parent to be so included in the sending off and receiving of our kids. It really makes Kroka so much more than a summer camp. When our children return from camp they always come home changed. More aware and mindful of their environment.” – Summer Parent

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Wilderness Expeditions “Kroka has moved into a piece of our daughter’s heart, and I think will always remain there. What has been most special to see since she has come home this year is a deep sense of empowerment. She was challenged to her limits (by nature) and grew to see her strength. She was held by the grounded strength, genuine acceptance, and joyful exuberance of her instructors. Through this experience my daughter has come to see that she is an integral part of something great.” – Summer Parent

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WILD GIRLS

EXPEDITION PRE-COLUMBUS

OCEAN LEADERSHIP EXPEDITION

AGES 13-15 | AUGUST 10–23

AGES 15-18 | JULY 6–19

AGES 15-18 | JULY 27–AUGUST 16

Young women unite! Join us as we embark on a new multi-element route in the Mahoosuc Mountains including hiking, waterfalls, service, canoeing, and rock climbing. This is a sequel to Wilderness Adventures for Girls, but can be taken by itself. As a unique community of adventurous, supportive, and collaborative females, we will backpack through the Mahoosuc Mountains before visiting the Mahoosuc Guide Service in Newry, ME. Here we will meet expert dog mushers Kevin Slater and Polly Mahoney’s family of 50 loving huskies, and participate in a service project before continuing on to the Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge. With loaded canoes, we will paddle across the lake and then continue on down the rapids of the Androscoggin River. Throughout our experience, we will make sure there is time for observing wildlife, journaling, singing, and swimming. We will create special wilderness camps at night, make functional handcrafts, and form a trusting community, while experiencing the magic of calling the wilderness home.

Join us in reinventing the time when canoeing down a swift current was the fastest way to travel, a shelter of bark and leaves was a welcomed home, and berries were the snacks of the day. On this expedition we learn to combine the gifts of the land with the modern tools of today. The sun, the land, our map, and compass will guide us for the first half of our trip. Once we reach our wilderness camp, we will enjoy sleeping comfortably under the stars. We will coal-burn wooden spoons, learn how to cook on an open-fire, and study the ancient art of fire by friction. Once we are ready, we will begin our hike over the mountains and down to the river, opening up new opportunities for paddling rapids, sewing moccasins, swimming, and whatever other adventures cross our paths! One of our guiding principles is to remember our role as caretakers of the land. Working together, we support and look out for one another, creating a true community. On this journey we experience a way of life whose roots stretch back thousands of years, but whose skills and philosophy apply to all times.

This is a journey that traverses 100 miles of coastal waters along the picturesque Gulf of Maine from Belfast to Frenchmen Bay just north of Bar Harbor. Along the way we will pass Deer Island and Isle Au Haute, as we travel on to Mount Desert Island. Before leaving for expedition students will craft wooden oars in the Kroka workshop and dehydrate fruit, berries, and meat from our farm for the journey. Our sea faring fleet will consist of solo and tandem ocean kayaks, and oar-rigged student-made voyager canoes. When the wind is with us we will sail, and we will learn to navigate with map and compass through the complexity of tides, currents, fog, and many a spruce-covered rocky island. We will feast on wild foods, gather seaweed, dig for clams, and fish for mackerel. Ocean treasures will form in our hands as we carve wood and gather basket materials from the tidal line. Students will study Marine Ecology, learn to use a variety of knots, read weather, start fire by friction, and make simple shelters in the wilderness. Students will also develop leadership skills through the practice of leading and following, discussing and debating, and forming a strong sense of community built of new lasting friendships.

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TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAM AGES 25+ | JUNE 29–JULY 5 Program Instructors: MISHA GOLFMAN and KARL DAVID JOHNSON

If you are a teacher with a passion for nature and a wish to bring your teaching into the outdoors, this is your chance. Join a group of educators who believe in the importance of incorporating a connection to nature into contemporary education. This experiential course will focus on creating outdoor classrooms. The initial setting will be at our beautiful base camp. We will cover a variety of different examples of outdoor classrooms, the tools necessary for building one, and how to facilitate programs at your school. Then we will try our hands at constructing a simple structure. We will also look at important elements of preparing, executing, and debriefing a wilderness expedition. Simple equipment will be used and delicious locally grown campfire meals will be prepared. Mid-way through the week, we will embark on a river-expedition to the Battenkill River. As we journey, developing a sense of place, we will also develop community through challenges, risk taking, singing, crafting, and sharing. Everyone will finish the course with new skills, confidence, and enthusiasm. Our hope is that the community of educators, both participants and instructors, formed during this program will become a support system for each other in developing outdoor classrooms/programs at their schools. We look forward to learning with you! If you are interested, please contact us to be connected with participants from last summer for more insight into the program.

MISHA GOLFMAN, (M.Ed.) Co-founder of Kroka Expeditions, has been guiding school groups in the wilderness of Russia and the United States for 28 years. He has taught outdoor education at Plymouth State University, Outward Bound, and Mahoosuc Guide Service. He helped create the Russian American Outdoor Educators Exchange, and has facilitated the initiation of many other outdoor school programs.

KARL DAVID JOHNSON (M.A.), has 33 years of experience as an outdoor educator and wilderness guide. An avid mountaineer and river runner, Karl has directed programs and led students on wilderness adventures in many states including Alaska, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. He is a certified instructor with NOLS and is currently the Director of the Wilderness Experience Program for Santa Fe Waldorf High School.


KROKA SCHOOL PROGRAMS

KROKA’S SEMESTER SCHOOL

Our classroom is one without walls, where learning is alive and lessons are real. Kroka’s programs for schools offer authentic wilderness adventure, curriculum integration, true community, and practical skills toward sustainability. We offer custom expeditions for elementary through high school classes in wilderness locations throughout the United States, Canada, and Ecuador.

The Kroka semester program (for ages 16-19) combines wilderness adventure with conscious living to create a unique physical, social, and spiritual journey for young people. Students take authentic ownership of their experiences and hold real responsibility for work that their whole community depends on. They experience freedom and growth that stays with them for a lifetime. The Vermont Semester—600 Miles By Ski and Canoe is from January through May. The Ecuador Semester—From the White Mountains to the Andes spans the months of September through December.

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Kroka School Programs Kroka’sLiving Semester School Introduction to Wilderness

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Kroka Staff

Kroka Partners

Kroka staff are an outstanding group of professional outdoor educators who come together to share their love of the natural world and sense of adventure with the young people who join us each summer.

Barefoot walking is permitted here. Sustainable practice is incorporated into every aspect of our organization. 2.5% (6 days) of each employee’s time is spent volunteering. Organic and local food is served here. We have a carbon-neutral camp village. We minimize waste by re-using, repairing, recycling, and composting.

MISHA GOLFMAN Co-Founder, Senior Instructor Age: 47 Birth Place: Leningrad, Russia

EMILY HUGHES Outreach Coordinator, Instructor Age: 25 Birth Place: Syracuse, NY

DAVID SILVA ALVAREZ Climbing Specialist Age: 32 Birth Place: Ibagué, Colombia

HANNAH MILLER Instructor Age: 22 Birth Place: Starksboro, VT

LYNNE BOUDREAU Co-Founder, Farm Manager Age: 48 Birth Place: Quincy, MA

RAINA GARDNER School Coordinator, Instructor Age: 21 Birth Place: Quechee, VT

PASHA BELENKY White Water Paddling Specialist Age: 22 Birth Place: Newton, MA

TRINA POWERS Instructor Age: 22 Birth Place: Keene, NH

NATHAN LYCZAK Systems Manager Age: 42 Birth Place: Portsmouth, NH

HANAH LABARRE Food Manager, Instructor Age: 41 Birth Place: The Netherlands

HELEN D’ANGELO Instructor Age: 23 Birth Place: Worcester, MA

AYERE MCALICE Junior Instructor Age: 18 Birth Place: Ghent, NY

LINDA FUERDERER Office Manager Age: 57 Birth Place: Long Island, NY

MATHIAS DAMMER Senior Instructor Age: 32 Birth Place: Pifo, Ecuador

DAN FILSTEIN Instructor Age: 25 Birth Place: New York, NY

ROBYN AVERY Junior Instructor Age: 18 Birth Place: Guilford, VT

LEAH LAMDIN Summer Coordinator, Instructor Age: 25 Birth Place: Pelham, MA

NICOLE MARCHAN Senior Instructor Age: 38 Birth Place: Lima, Peru

ZACK BUCKLEY Instructor Age: 25 Birth Place: Cape Cod, MA

CAROLIN WOERTER Junior Instructor Age: 19 Birth Place: Ulrich, Austria

TOBY WELCH Semester Director, Instructor Age: 56 Birth Place: New Haven, CT

MARGA CARDOSO Climbing Specialist Age: 26 Birth Place: Cuenca, Ecuador

ELIOT WITTEN Instructor Age: 21 Birth Place: Amherst, MA

APPRENTICES Several outstanding and enthusiastic youth work sideby-side with Kroka staff each summer. Many apprentices move on to become Kroka staff.

For full biographies, registration forms, Kroka Camp Store items, photographs and slideshows, and additional information about Kroka’s philosophy, please visit our wesite at: www.kroka.org. Kroka Programs are sponsored by W.S. Badger Company, Inc., a family business that makes certified organic and truly natural skin care products. We are an accredited camp with the state of NH, the Association for Experiential Education, and members of the Connecticut River Watershed, Catamount Trail Association, Vermont Outdoor Guides Association, Vermont Cavers Association, Lake Champlain Committee, and Maine Island Trail Association. Our programs are offered in partnership with Nahual Expediciones.

“From the start the instructors seemed to be deliberate and thoughtful teachers, good listeners (to words and behavior) and fun! They seemed to know when to guide the kids, and when to let the exploration instinct within the kids be the guide.” – Summer Parent


Kroka’s Commitment to Sustainability The Kroka Village lies nestled in the high country between the watersheds of the Ashuelot and Cold Rivers, on 90 acres of forests, fields, cliffs, and streams adjacent to a large wilderness area. Here we work to bring intention, connection, and a sense of responsibility to the work that we do:

ORGANIC FOOD AND FARMING: For the past decade we have been developing and growing our organically practiced farm. We enjoy delicious eggs from our happy hens, berries from our berry-patch, protein rich meat from our cows and chickens, and produce from our expanding gardens. The food we serve is local whenever possible, and its cultivation, harvest, and preparation are a celebrated part of our curriculum for all students.

ENERGY: We are proud of our wood-fired and solarpowered camp village, as well as our cooking and administrative facilities, which serve as a great example for visitors and students, and bring us closer and closer to becoming a “carbon-neutral” organization. Through living and working with these systems, students learn that energy sustainability can be possible within the scale of a small interdependent community.

BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER: Our life and work at Kroka seeks to expand and deepen the web of our community. Our farm products are sold throughout our local Monadnock Region, and we enjoy rich collaborations with Koviashuvik Local Living School, and Mahoosuc Guide Service, as well as many private and public schools throughout New England. Palugo Farm in Pifo, Ecuador is home to Nahual Expediciones, Kroka’s sister school and Ecuador’s premier mountaineering and wilderness guide service.

Graphic design by Dede Cummings of Dcdesign. All photos and illustrations by Kroka staff members. Enviro 100 paper is 100% recycled paper from pre-consumer waste. Processed chlorine-free, and printed locally in Vermont by SPC Marcom, using soy-based ink.

Nahual’s principal guides, THOMAS, MICHAEL, and MATHIAS DAMMER and their partners MARCEA MACINNIS, MARCELA RESTREPO, and NICOLE MARCHAN have been a core part of our staff for over a decade bringing immense wilderness and technical experience to our community. Students, staff, and visitors from Kroka who visit or study at Palugo enjoy an incredibly unique experience of a sustainable farm community that is a leader in organic dairy and vegetable production for all of Ecuador.

KROKA EXPEDITIONS is proud to announce that on October 31, 2013 we became accredited internationally by the Association for Experiential Education (AEE). The Association for Experiential Education is based in Boulder, CO. It was founded in the mid-1970s and has since become a highly sought after professional level of evaluation for experiential education organizations. Kroka now joins other schools, such as the National Outdoor Leadership School and Outward Bound in its accreditation status. “AEE is truly proud to add Kroka Expeditions to our growing list of accredited programs,” said Shawn Tierney, AEE director of accreditation. “The integrity of the organization and the quality of their programming is exceptional. Knowing that Kroka meets the highest standards in the field of experiential education should give tremendous confidence to their participants, parents, staff, and supporters.” “The faculty and staff at Kroka walk the talk. Many outdoor organizations have an environmental con-sciousness, but at Kroka they act on it and live it. They have thoughtfully looked at how they can live and teach a healthy and sustainable lifestyle while living and traveling in a wilderness setting. The Kroka staff go about their work with an unassuming professionalism.” —From AEE’s Final Report for Accreditation


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