Downeast Foxfire Camp

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Downeast Foxfire Camp is a week-long rowing and sailing expedition in eastern Maine. We will travel in a Bantry Bay gig to rugged, spruce-covered islands and peninsulas, celebrating and engaging in the folk traditions of the Maine coast while practicing our best Leave No Trace camp craft techniques. Together we will learn traditional seamanship, crafts, sustainable forestry techniques and island farming.

We will row and sail in 38’ Bantry Bay gigs — ten-oared, dipping-lug, fast, elegant, French.


August 17–25, 2018 
Starts in the afternoon on Friday the 17th, ends the evening of the 24th, with an option to stay over.

44 ̊37’15” N  67 ̊23’03” W 
Starts and Ends in Machiasport, Maine

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Three meals a day with snacks, and
Training in:
Traditional seamanship: rowing, sailing, navigation, knots, tide and weather
Spoon carving and birch bark containers
Sustainable firewood lot management
Salt water farming
Leave No Trace camp craft techniques
Foxfire methods of story collection


*Does not  Include:
Getting to/from Machiasport. We will help you connect with other participants to carpool.
The nearest International airport and bus station with connections to major US cities is in Bangor.

Group size: 15-25 people​
Sign up by June 1st.

Have ​questions? Please contact:
Arista Holden

Trainer and Program Director

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