Outdoor Experience


(Photo Credit: Shuhao Liu, Class of 2018)

Welcome to Outdoor Experience September 3-6, 2019!

Outdoor Experience is a chance for the students to form bonds before the year even begins, as they challenge themselves within a wilderness setting or community service activities. For the first week of school, all of our Upper School students and faculty are divided into small groups to participate in one of many outdoor education or service activities.

Learn more about Outdoor Experience in the Waynflete Magazine article celebrating the program's 40th anniversary!

Grade 9
The 9th grade Outdoor Experience program is run at the Chewonki Wilderness Camps on the Fourth Debsconeag Lake near Baxter State Park. Students will canoe, hike and explore the beautiful surroundings. The trip is an important time for students new to Waynflete and those returning to get to know one another and form new friendships. The ninth grade Outdoor Experience is also the orientation to our ninth grade Seminar. The same small groups that camp together will also meet once a week all year for Seminar. A primary goal of both Outdoor Experience and Seminar is to give students an opportunity to strengthen their decision-making skills and take positive risks as they navigate the social and academic components of high school. Watch this video to learn more about the 9th grade program. Information about this year's trip.

Grade 10
The 10th Grade Outdoor Experience involves hiking in either the White Mountains or the Baxter State Park Region. Our New Hampshire programs are run in collaboration with Appalachian Mountain Club's Mountain Classroom. Our Maine hikes are run in collaboration with Chewonki. As in our 9th grade Outdoor Experience Program, our sophomore program seeks to connect students to one another and to the natural world. For new and returning students alike, this is an important time for forming new friendships while rising to meet the challenges of the outdoors together. Learn more about the options for tenth graders in our slide show. Information about this year's trips.

Grade 11
The 11th Grade Outdoor Experience offers students an opportunity to explore and expand their leadership and group skills through the challenge of canoeing, biking, or community service. Canoeing groups explore Maine's northern lakes and forests. Cyclists travel the carriage roads of Acadia National Park. Sea kayak groups explore the Maine coast. Community Service groups dedicate their time to volunteering with service organizations in Portland or Boston. Learn more about the options for eleventh graders in our slide show. Information about this year's trips.

Grade 12
Seniors begin their last year at Waynflete with two days of play and adventure, including rafting with North Country Rivers. Information about this year's trip.