Ancient Highways Canoe Camp (ages 13-15+)

Learn to travel on and explore local waterways by canoe with paddle and pole.

Enrollment: Registration not yet open. 

When: August 7-11, 2023 (day camp w/one overnight on Thursday, August 10)

Ages: 13-15 year olds (16+ year olds interested in participating in a leader-helper capacity are encouraged to contact us for more information)

Where: on waterways in the Brattleboro area

Cost: TBA

Program Overview

Before roads, rivers and streams were the means of travel that connected the towns and villages of what we now call New England. On this new offering from Vermont Wilderness School, participants will learn how to effectively paddle through basic whitewater, maneuver a canoe upstream and downstream using a pole, and be exposed to some of the traditional means and methods of living out of a canoe over long periods of time. We’ll cover cooking methods, how to effectively portage from one body of water to another, and finish up the course with an overnight on a local waterway.

About the Instructor

Christopher Russell has worked as a full time wilderness educator and canoe guide for the last decade. His passion for the outdoors is centered around the concepts of “Friluftsliv” and Deep Ecology, two concepts that minimize the importance of people having “adventures” in the outdoors and frames experiences around the interconnectedness of all members of the ecosystem. Christopher is the director of School Of The Forest, an adult outdoor program in Guilford and is the lead instructor on Jack Mountain Bushcraft School’s nine-week semester programs. If you can’t find him, he’s probably looking at birds.


To Enroll:

  • Check back here soon for the online registration form. For now, email to let us know you are interested!
  • Make a secure online payment via:
    • the PayPal box on the righthand side of this page OR;
    • a check payable to “Vermont Wilderness School” sent to: Vermont Wilderness School, P.O. Box 2585, Brattleboro, VT 05303.

Full payment or 1st installment of payment plan due by February 1.

  • Complete a Medical Form / Waiver by clicking the tab at the bottom of this page.

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