Entering grades 11 & 12 for a 3 week session.
Odyssey campers take to the Appalachian Trail, hiking the final 120 miles of this historic footpath. As the culminating challenge for many campers, these 15 days inspire powerful moments of awe and discovery – from a day of hiking in the rain to enjoying the serenity from the top of a mountain peak.
Odyssey groups spend Opening Day preparing for their adventure and gaining confidence in their gear before leaving for the trail. Starting in the small town of Monson, Maine, they fill up on a hearty hiker’s breakfast before entering the rugged wilderness. Groups venture through boulder fields, old growth forests, and alpine terrain on their way to the summit Mt. Katahdin, the northern terminus of the trail. Campers carry all of the individual and group gear that they will need on a day-to-day basis, with a food and equipment resupply at the halfway point of the journey.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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 cabin leaders have completed at least one year of college, are certified in first aid and CPR, and go through two weeks of extensive training at camp prior to the arrival of campers.
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.
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 our one-way email provider, 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.
Yes. Odyssey campers can send mail either in the two days prior to entering the 100-mile wilderness or during a scheduled resupply, when a Merrowvista staff member brings additional food and gear for the group halfway through the trip. The staff member can also bring letters or packages that have arrived at Merrowvista prior to their departure.
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.
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