Parent pages

Orientation at Flying Moose Lodge

As parents, sometimes we "over do" for our kids, which builds dependency and discourages skill building. Give Flying Moose a try! Here, your boys will strengthen their self-sufficiency through the lessons of wilderness camping. As they add to their personal base of achievements, the harder-won they are, the more pride comes with those gains.

Our setting is truly the epitome of peace and quiet. Boys in the woods, no electricity, leads to riveting games of Wood Pile (our version of Capture the Flag), swimming, campfire at night. Some of the first-time campers are a little reserved at campfire, but that doesn't last long. They see the others singing old songs with great gusto, and soon join in. You don't have to sing well, just with enthusiasm! Really, what we do, takes the boys to the simple pleasures in life. A warm fire. Singing. A story read aloud before heading to bed. In the every day, hectic world, there really is nothing like it.

Why Flying Moose Lodge?

Campers hiking on the Appalachian Trail

Appreciation of nature

This generation of children, in general, is far less connected with the outdoors than their parents and grandparents were when they were kids. While technology has given us access to so much information, it has also given rise to what some have called a Nature Deficit Disorder (Louv, 2006).

At Flying Moose Lodge, boys learn how to hike and camp in the woods with minimal impact....

The Camping Experience

Paddling the Moose river on a 10-day whitewater trip

In addition to actually living in the woods of Maine, our camping program provides boys with an opportunity to explore and camp in various wilderness settings in Maine. Maine offers unique landscapes that people from all over the world visit to enjoy. We take boys into the most beautiful and the most adventurous regions available. But to get there, they need to be here!

Just up the coast Acadia National Park is known for its fantastic views and hiking trails. The...

Skills for life

Helping to build the canoes they use on trips (and become very proud of)

What will a camper come home with?

The obvious:

  • Camping: reading a compass and map, pitching a tent, building a fire, etc.
  • Cooking
  • Canoeing
  • Backpacking
  • Knowing how/what to pack

The not-so obvious

  • Lifelong friendships
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Self-reliance
  • Stronger self-esteem
  • Confidence
  • Increased ability to plan ahead
  • Better sense of self
  • Knowledge of natural world...

Packing List

Please label all clothes and gear, so if he's on a trip we can put it in his shelter for him!

Although he will canoe and camp in some of the toughest (and most beautiful) parts of Maine, your son doesn't need the fanciest new trends or most expensive gear, but he should have good gear that will keep him warm and dry (and warm if wet!). This is why we stress that cotton clothes and a slumber-style (or car-camping) sleeping bag are fine for camp, but they don't belong on trips....


A Sunday afternoon group hike up one of the local mountains

After a particularly wet summer...

"[Our son] had a wonderful time, again, in spite of the rotten weather. He loved the challenges of Katahdin and the Bagaduce ... we'll camp tonight and he'll show us what he learned. Just wanted to let you know how much we appreciate Flying Moose and how grateful we are that you exist!"

First-time camper:

"[Our son] looks forward to returning next summer and we are delighted that his first extended time away from us was such a good experience for him. Thanks for all your efforts in making it happen...