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Teen Adventures Penobscot River Canoe Trip

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Join us for a four-night canoeing and camping adventure on the beautiful Penobscot River – designed specifically for teens.
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Activity level: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 13 (max. age is 16)
  • Accommodation: Backcountry camping (tent camping; privies)
  • Questions? Please call 1-888-270-2326

Course Description

Come meet new friends, explore new waterways and gain confidence in your outdoor skills – all while having lots of fun in Maine's amazing north woods.

A great first trip for novice teen adventurers, this five-day, four-night trip includes a bit of everything: team building, trip planning, outdoor exploration, canoeing and leadership skills – plus the small group size means plenty of personalized instruction from our L.L.Bean guides, trusted leaders in outdoor adventures for over 40 years.

This exciting adventure begins at our gorgeous Paddling Center, right here in Freeport, Maine. After introductions and team building exercises, we'll head to the water to practice paddling skills. Then, we'll return to the Paddling Center to enjoy our first camp meal together and set up our tents for the night. The next morning, we'll shuttle together by van to the Penobscot River put-in to continue the outdoor fun. There we'll head out in canoes for four days of exploring the Upper West Branch, a remote and beautiful stretch of the Penobscot River. Famous for its serene waters, stunning views of Mount Katahdin and incredible wildlife sightings, this is also the waterway that author Henry David Thoreau once paddled. At night, we'll camp on the quiet shores and enjoy campfire meals prepared by you and your guides.

Along the way, our guides will teach you all the skills needed for this wilderness adventure, such as paddling strokes and maneuvers, campsite cooking, navigation, canoe packing, teamwork and camp setup and cleanup. Come for a weeklong adventure, learn skills and make memories for a lifetime.

This trip starts and ends at the L.L.Bean Paddling Center in Freeport, Maine.


  • One night camping at the L.L.Bean Paddling Center
  • Three nights camping along West Branch campsites
  • Four days of canoeing (approx. 34 miles)
  • Personal instruction by L.L.Bean outdoor guides
  • Top-of-the-line L.L.Bean gear and equipment
  • Camp meals, from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 5
  • Round-trip transportation from the L.L.Bean Paddling Center to Penobscot River put-in

Note This trip may not run if enrollment is low. Please contact us prior to purchasing airfare.

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*Synthetic clothing dries quickly and is the best choice for outdoor pursuits. Please do not wear cotton clothing. When wet, cotton rapidly robs the heat from your body and takes a long time to dry. We also recommend you dress in mulitple layers, allowing you more flexibility to comfortably respond to the weather conditions and your level of exertion.

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What to Bring
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • One pair of nylon, quick-drying pants
  • One insulating wool or fleece jacket/sweater
  • Long-sleeve, lightweight shirt*
  • One pair of long underwear, top and bottoms*
  • Two or three quick-drying synthetic short-sleeve shirts*
  • One swimsuit
  • Two or three pairs of wool or synthetic socks
  • Warm hat/ski hat and hat for sun protection
  • Closed-toed water shoes and shoes for nonwater camp use
  • Sunglasses with lanyard and flashlight (or headlamp)
  • Sleepwear
  • Personal prescriptions such as EpiPen or inhaler
  • Two one-quart water bottles
  • Personal toiletries; small packable pillow and small quick-drying towel

  • Sunscreen
  • Bag for wet clothes
  • Waterproof camera
  • Book, journal or small, non-electronic game
  • Lip balm with sunscreen

What We Provide
  • All other necessary gear and equipment
  • First-aid kit & safety gear
  • All meals
  • Sleeping bag and pad
  • Insect repellent
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5 / 5
September 2, 2018
Amazing Leaders
Leah and Chris did an amazing job leading the canoe trip. Their patience, skill set and enthusiasm enhances a wonderful adventure in nature
South Portland Maine
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5 / 5
August 29, 2018
I'm a fifteen-year-old boy and I had never gone camping before and when my parents signed me up I wasn't very excited. As soon as I got there... more
Brooklyn,New York
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5 / 5
August 22, 2018
Adventurous, new experiences, lifetime memories
I'm 14 years old, and this was my first ever time camping. I think this was a great opportunity to not only experience the outdoors, but to also make... more
Boston Ma
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