New England is home to incredible natural beauty and hidden gems. This program places you in the heart of some of the best outdoor adventures the region has to offer! Our home base in Northern Maine lies just outside the ruggedly beautiful Baxter State Park and makes for the perfect location to create lifelong memories with a small group of like-minded peers.
Stay right on Lake Millinocket where you will have a stunning view of Mount Katahdin, the highest mountain in Maine, and the crown jewel of the Appalachian Trail. Spend your days hiking, whitewater rafting, swimming, or mountain biking. Keep an eye out for moose, foxes, and other wildlife unique to the region.
This trip is perfect for any teen who loves the great outdoors and wants to explore the very best New England has to offer!
This program limits exposure to outside groups and the majority of our time will be spent outdoors where we can easily social distance and ensure the health and safety of our participants.
During this program, you will…
- Whitewater raft the Penobscot River
- Swim in Millinocket Lake with views of the surrounding forest and Mount Katahdin
- Explore Baxter State Park
- Mountain bike through exciting forest trails
- Hop on a boat and cruise along the river on a moose tour
- Canoe or kayak across the lake admiring the views and exploring the small lake islands
- Enjoy evening campfires under a starlit sky
- Play volleyball, basketball, or other fun games right on the lakeshore
DAY 1: ARRIVE AT MILLINOCKET LAKE
Say hello to your new group of friends for the next week! Fun bonding games and ice breakers ensure everyone gets to know each other and is ready for the adventures to come!
DAYS 2-6: MILLINOCKET & BAXTER STATE PARK
Maine is every outdoor lover’s dream! There are plenty of fun adventures to keep you busy and active throughout the week.
Hike the wide variety of trails in Baxter State Park to discover hidden lakes, waterfalls, and breathtaking views.
Kick the adventure up a notch on a guided mountain bike trip. All skill levels are welcome!
Whitewater Raft the Penobscot River for one of the most fantastic whitewater experiences in the eastern United States. Enjoy the thrilling rapids and gorgeous scenery as you tackle this famous river.
This region is also home to plenty of moose! Hop on a boat and enjoy a moose tour in search of these majestic creatures. Spot other wildlife along the way, including foxes and eagles.
Enjoy kayaking, swimming in the lake, or playing a game of volleyball with your fellow travelers on the lakeshore. Spend every evening with your new friends relaxing around a campfire admiring the starlit sky.
This is the perfect place to explore, disconnect, and immerse yourself in nature while having some amazing adventures with your peers!
DAY 7: RETURN HOME
The friendships and memories we made in Maine will last a lifetime!
Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of teen typically participates in this program? What are the requirements to join?
Teens from all over the world join this program! Typically, our participants are curious individuals who are excited to make new friends, experience something unique, and interested in stepping out of their comfort zones and expanding their horizons.
This program is for participants who are currently in grades 9th through 12th and approximately 14 to 18 years old. Teens living outside of the USA are welcome to join!
Where do we stay?
Our hotels are specifically chosen to be in safe areas and well-suited to facilitating group supervision. We stay in centrally located accommodations, usually within walking distance of the main attractions. This means we do not use large, impersonal chain hotels on the outskirts of cities. We prefer to select smaller, family-run hotels where we establish personal relationships with the owners.
For this program, we will be staying at an adventure center located directly on Millinocket Lake. We will stay in comfortable lakeside cabins with access to all of the center’s amenities including an indoor recreational center, fire pits, volleyball court, kayaks, canoes, sauna, and onsite restaurant.
For safety reasons, we do not publish the names of the accommodations we use. We do not feel it is safe to publish the name of a hotel where a group of teenagers is staying abroad. After registering, participants and parents are given access to our secure parent website where you will be able to see the names of all of the accommodations for a trip.
Do most travelers go on their own?
Yes! In fact, over 75% of students who travel with us choose to come independently. This encourages teens to step further outside their comfort zone and make new friends. We believe that one of the most rewarding and exciting elements of travel is the new friendships that form along the way. When we travel by ourselves, we are bound to make new friends from all over the country and even the world. The best part is, you can travel again with your new friends on another TFT program the next summer!
If you are thinking about joining a TFT program by yourself but you are feeling unsure, please let us know! We have plenty of references from solo travelers who had great experiences and would be happy to chat with you about it.
Can I bring a friend?
Absolutely! We ask that if you do come with a friend, you and your friend(s) maintain openness to meeting new people and sharing this special experience with the entire group.
What is included?
Ground transportation, accommodations, all breakfasts and dinners, chaperones and guides, program related activities, program related activity admissions, taxes and tips.
Not included in cost (this not intended to be an exhaustive list): airfare; visas and visa application fees; lunches; personal and medical expenses; activities and admissions that are not program-related or referenced in the itinerary; beverages other than filtered water at meals; participant expenses that are outside of the program description, such as excess baggage fees and damage to hotels; expenses related to unforeseen circumstances, such as transportation strikes and natural disasters.
What is the average group size?
We pride ourselves on small group sizes to create a more authentic and personalized experience. Our group sizes fall between 14 and 21 students – the perfect size to facilitate new friendships without feeling lost in a crowd! We believe smaller groups eliminate the likelihood of cliques, and allows for a well-rounded, healthy group dynamic.
Who leads the program?
Our staff is a cut above the rest! We seek out two main characteristics in our counselors – extensive knowledge of and experience in our destinations, and a passion for working with teens. Our staff’s backgrounds include living abroad and working in summer camps or other educational settings. Team members are proven leaders and role models, who connect easily with others and form genuine friendships with each student – all while bringing each destination to life.
We celebrate diversity! Our staff represents 49 different nationalities, speak a combined total of 21 languages, and visited 142 countries. Additionally, 80% of our staff lived or worked abroad in their lives. With so many unique experiences to share, you are sure to gain a global perspective.
Our average minimum ratios are one staff member to every seven participants. Each program has one Trip Director with several support staff, depending on the group size. Directors must be at least 25 years old and have prior experience working with TFT.
What are the safety qualifications for our staff?
Our staff members undergo a rigorous hiring process. They receive the same background check as school educators, an extensive training process to go over all safety precautions and protocols, and are required to be certified in CPR and First Aid. We exclusively hire responsible, multi-talented individuals who are safety-minded and are as passionate about teen travel as we are.
How does this program connect to other programs?
Our program dates are designed specifically so that participants can opt to combine trips throughout the summer. When connecting to another program, your counselor will escort you to the airport on the last day of the program and assist you in meeting your next group at your new destination.
Families who sign up for more than one program will also receive a 15% discount on the lesser-priced program.
What is the food like on this program?
In a word – delicious! At TFT, we believe food is an integral aspect of the travel experience, and we make an effort to eat at authentic establishments whenever possible. There is no better way to immerse ourselves in the culture of a place than through sampling the local delicacies. We stray away from westernized restaurants and chains that cater to tourists, because every true traveler knows the best food is found where the locals are eating!
Of course, we are always willing and able to accommodate vegetarians, vegans, gluten allergies, and other dietary restrictions.
Do we ever get time to go off on our own?
Our staff and teens are nearly always together, but we do provide the opportunity to break up into smaller groups to allow for flexibility and customization within the itinerary.
We offer free time in defined safe areas – for example, shopping in a market or exploring a museum. During these times, students remain in groups of at least two and are given no more than an hour. Of course, the counselors remain nearby and available. Additionally, a lifeguard-certified counselor supervises the campers any time they are involved in water activities.
Do I need any vaccinations for this program?
We recommend checking with your family doctor regarding vaccinations and medical advice for the destination you are visiting. For more information, please check the World Health Organization’s website. Upon registration, we provide a list of recommended vaccinations that can be discussed further with your doctor.
What kind of visa do you need for this trip?
When joining a TFT trip from outside of the US, please be sure to check your country’s specific visa requirements.