Cow Island Overnight

PYC sailors will navigate to Cow Island in Casco Bay, moor and secure their boats, participate in array of supervised island activities (to be hosted by the shepherd and owner of Cow Island, Rippleffect) enjoy dinner by the campfire, sleep under the stars in island yurts, and awake the next morning to breakfast and a speedy sail home to PYC. Rippleffect and PYC will provide all food service and activity options during this overnight trip.  Scroll down below the pictures for more details.

WHEN:  The Cow Island overnight will be offered twice during Summer 2017: July 20 – 21 and Aug 10 – 11.  Departure will be mid-morning from PYC, and the return is approximately 24 hours later.  Online registration will open on June 1st (will be posted on this webpage).

WHO: Junior sailors from PYC.  Age 9 and up suggested.  Students should have previous experience sleeping away from home.  The PYC sailing staff will supervise the youth during the sail over to the island.  Once on the island, the Rippleffect staff will supervise and lead activities.  There will be a minimum of two PYC parent volunteers per trip.

WHERE: Cow Island is a 26-acre island located in Casco Bay, just a short sail away from Falmouth Foreside.

PRICE:  The Price for 2017 will be announced shortly.  Online registration will open on June 1st (will be posted on this webpage).


Lodging and Food Service: All students will sleep in large yurts on the island. Bathroom facilities consist of four composting toilets. There are no hot showers on Cow Island. All meals are prepared in Rippleffect’s commercial kitchen by their cook staff. They offer healthy, fresh and tasty meals with as many local ingredients as possible. The island’s food often receives rave reviews from students.

 Rippleffect Guide Staff: All Rippleffect guide staff are certified in Wilderness First Aid, are trained sea kayak guides, and have significant experience in the field of experiential education. Their guides use an allied based leadership approach to conflict resolution and education, involving the students in decision-making processes and teaching responsibility.

Potential activities during the Cow Island Overnight:

  • Zip line
  • Sea kayaking introduction and paddle
  • Climbing wall (low and high challenge course elements)
  • Map and compass orienteering
  • Raft building initiative
  • Coastal ecology lessons and tide pooling (5 lobsters caught by hand last year)
  • Environmental art projects
  • Camping and outdoor living skills
  • Knot tying and shelter construction
  • Team and leadership initiatives

About our friends at Rippleffect:  Rippleffect is a non-profit youth and community development organization operating outdoor adventure programming out of Portland, Maine. They own Cow Island and run many of their youth and adult programs from this remote eco-campus. Serving over 2,000 youth and adults each year, Rippleffect is a leader in outdoor adventure and experiential education for the Greater Portland area.