Entering grade 9 for a 3 or 4 week session.

Explorer campers take to the trails and waterways of New Hampshire and Maine as they meet the challenges of two different adventures. These challenges help campers develop important life skills such as resiliency, collaboration, organization and planning. Campers are introduced to the technical skills of backpacking and canoeing with emphasis placed on the journey as much as the destination. Staff-led village insight discussions help campers make connections between discoveries made on trail with real life challenges at home and school. Explorer campers spend several days at Merrowvista between their trips, providing opportunities for training and team building.


Explorer campers immerse in the wonders of the natural world as they backpack in the Mahoosuc mountains on the Appalachian Trail. Campers stretch themselves and support one another, as they carry all their food and supplies on this 4-6 day trip. Explorers practice Leave No Trace ethics, outdoor cooking techniques, and map reading skills.


Explorers paddle the northern waterways of Maine and New Hampshire, including lakes Aziscohos and Umbagog as well as the Magalloway and Androscoggin Rivers. Campers connect with the natural world as they pass through this exceptionally well-preserved ecosystem with bald eagles, moose, beaver and other classic New England wildlife.

Trips in the 3-week program are three or four days in length, while 4-week campers enjoy five or six day trips.

Learn more through our FAQs, meet our staff or review parent resources.

A Day in the Life

2020 Dates & Tuition

Entering grade 9

Session A
3 week: June 28 – July 16 ($4140)

Session B
4 week: July 19 – August 13 ($4750)

Camper and Family Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

What safety measures does Merrowvista take?

Merrowvista is fully accredited by the American Camp Association and meet or exceed state health requirements and industry safety standards in both our in-camp and adventure trip programs. American Red Cross standards guide our waterfront activities. We have a team of committed, on-site health professionals, staffing multiple fully equipped health centers, with the nearest hospital just 12 miles away. Merrowvista campers are supervised throughout the day and maintain a 1:6 staff to camper ratio so that we can provide a fun, safe summer for our campers.

Will my child feel included at camp?

We enthusiastically welcome children with diverse backgrounds, experiences and identities. We value each camper’s right to fully experience Merrowvista free from prejudice and harassment. All camp staff are trained to supervise campers and to prevent and address incidents of conflict or bullying based on any aspect of a person’s identity, including, but not limited to: race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, and religious affiliation.

What qualifications do staff members have?

Staff members strive to be excellent role models by adhering to the camp motto, My own self, At my very best, All the time. Our senior staff members are caring professionals who work with children year-round in camp, school programs and conferences.

Our Four Trails adventure trip leaders are at least 21 years of age, participate in a rigorous 3-week training, and are certified in high-level first aid as Wilderness First Responders. All of our staff members have background checks run against multiple local and national databases.

How do parents communicate with their children during camp?

Children love to hear from their families while at camp! Campers are encouraged to write letters during the session and parents are also welcome to send mail to their camper, or send emails through their Bunk Notes account, which our office staff print and distribute every day.

If families have an urgent message, question or concern about their child, our directors are always willing to speak with parents on the phone.

What kind of food does Merrowvista serve?

Following our Food Program guiding principles, we aim to serve a variety of healthy options, including a balance of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables incorporated into a child-friendly menu.

Does my child need previous experience to participate in the Four Trails program?

Though there are no hard and fast requirements, Four Trails campers must be in good physical condition and prepared for an experience in the outdoors. Beyond that, a positive attitude and a sense of adventure are the only things necessary to join the Four Trails program. You can review recommended exercise routines in the program handbook under the ‘Resources’ section of this page. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

“Every summer my son returns having made a palpable leap in maturity. He is more helpful at home, even emptying the dishwasher or walking the dog without my begging. He's kinder to his sister, more thoughtful about others. Sometimes the progress he's made comes out in a conversation where he expresses a belief system that has no doubt been influenced by the wonderful values reinforced at camp. We use 'best self' as shorthand for asking if behavior is in line with values and when I ask, 'are you being your best self right now?' That usually sparks some reflection.”

– Merrowvista Camper Parent