Hiking and Trips at Camp Mowglis
Trips are an integral part of the Mowglis Experience. We are minutes from some of the best hiking that New England has to offer in the White Mountains and there are endless canoeing opportunities on nearby lakes and rivers. Each dorm learns first-hand how to stay comfortable and enjoy the backcountry. These trips are designed to challenge and nurture boys of all ages and skill levels. Boys first develop their camping skills in the nurturing environment of camp and then test them out on the trail. The boys also learn to be stewards of the environment, under the guidance of qualified trip leaders who provide a safe and rewarding experience.
Every Thursday is Trip Day, when each boy or staff member packs a lunch and heads out for a day of hiking or paddling. Often the whole camp goes to the Franconia Range or Crawford Notch, then each dorm hikes up separate trails to rocky summits for spectacular views.
These trips are designed to challenge and nurture boys of all ages and skill levels. The boys experience the outdoors while learning to be stewards of the environment, under the guidance of qualified trip leaders providing a safe and rewarding experience.
Every camper also participates in two multi-day camping trips with their dorm mates. Boys 12 and older carry backpacks and travel in self-sufficient units. Our trips traverse many of the great ranges in the White Mountains including the Franconias, the Bonds, the Carter-Moriahs, Mahoosucs, and Presidentials; or they take multi-day canoe trips to places like the Connecticut Lakes and the Androscoggin River.
Boys under 12 travel to areas where they set up base camp, then set out from there. These include climbing mountains like Sandwich Dome, Mt. Chochorua, Cardigan Mountain, and or canoeing to Cliff and Belle Island on Newfound Lake. Overnight trips are memorable experiences. Camping skills are mastered, teamwork is developed, and confidence is gained.
The trips may be physically challenging, but the boys are rewarded with magnificent vistas from mountain tops and quiet mornings on misty lakes. Unexpected adversity from bad weather and unforeseen events brings groups together and makes for wonderful stories later. It’s always great to see the boys when they return to camp after several days on the trail. There’s great excitement and pride in those “Trip reports” given around the campfire!