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 large walled tents, and awake the next morning to breakfast and a speedy sail home to PYC. Program activities may include the zip line, climbing wall, tide pooling and team games and initiatives. Rippleffect and PYC will provide all food service and activity options during this overnight trip.
WHEN: The Cow Island Overnight will be offered twice:
WHO: Current Junior Sailing Program participants, and if there is room, former JSP sailors, ages 9 and up. Students should have previous experience sleeping away from home. 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. (If we do not have enough PYC Junior Sailors and former JSP sailors sign up, we will open it up to PYC member-related kids.) The 2019 sessions are capped at a maximum of 14 kids per session.
WHERE: Cow Island is a 26-acre island located in Casco Bay, just a short sail away from Falmouth Foreside.
PRICE: The 2019 Pricing per Jr. Sailor $125. A majority of that cost goes to Rippleffect. Three meals are included (dinner on the island, breakfast on the island, snacks on the island and lunch at PYC).
CANCELLATIONS: If you need to cancel a registration, refunds will be given if the vacant space can be filled. If the space goes unfilled, no refund will be given. We have reserved and contacted with Rippleffect for the 14 slots and are obligated to pay the total.
Lodging and Food Service: All students will sleep, in large walled tents called yurts, segregsted by gender, 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.