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Ironwood resident teens participate in a variety of off-campus field trips and outings to various scenic points of interest abundant in the state of Maine. Ironwood teens routinely take part in snow skiing, canoeing and white water rafting trips, and each year they attend the annual U.S. National Toboggan Championships in February at the Camden Snow Bowl to cheer on the 400 teams of racers. Organizers estimate crowds of 5,000 attend this event which draws top toboggan racers from around the globe. The U.S. National Toboggan Championships is the only organized wooden toboggan race in the country and possibly the world. The toboggan chute is located in Camden, Maine at the Camden Snow Bowl, a community owned year-round recreation area which has developed thousands of dedicated skiers since 1936.
One of the most popular activities for Ironwood teens is snow skiing at Sugarloaf, an enormous skiing and snowboarding playground near Kingfield, Maine in the Carrabassett Valley. This is the second highest peak in Maine with 1,400 acres of skiing, 133 trails and glades and 15 lifts. A selection of terrain parks for snowboarders and freestyle skiers features an Olympic-quality Superpipe. It has the only lifts above the treeline in the East. Baxter State Park, which features more than 200,000 acres of wilderness and public forest, is another popular landmark enjoyed by Ironwood teens during a recent 4-day camping trip. A premier year-round destination for outdoor enthusiasts, Baxter State Park is home to Mount Katahdin, the highest mountain in Maine. Katahdin is the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, and is located in a stretch known as the Hundred-Mile Wilderness. Over 40 peaks and ridges besides Katahdin are located in Baxter State Park which offers eight roadside campgrounds and two back country campgrounds. The trail system features over 215 miles of trails popular with hikers, mountain climbers and naturalists.
Teens at Ironwood who have progressed in the program spend summer months at local golf courses sharpening their skills via complimentary golf lessons, and teens also participate in competitive dog shows and equestrian events. Another popular outing enjoyed by upper level Ironwood teens is a unique windjammer sailing getaway off the Coast of Maine. Gathered aboard a legendary historic schooner, teens take in the wonders of the coastal region with sightings of bald eagles, osprey, porpoises, and occasional whales as they cruise out of the tranquil harbor dotted with yachts, lobster boats, and tugs, pass by scenic lighthouses and admire the beautiful rocky coastline of Penobscot Bay and Mid-Coast Maine.
Lake and river canoeing is another favorite activity where teens have the opportunity to enjoy Maine's beautiful wilderness with sightings of moose, deer and other wildlife. Teens can observe and photograph eagles, osprey, loons, ducks, coots and a variety of birds as they coast through areas once inhabited by traders, trappers and Indians. One tremendously popular adventure is white water rafting on the Kennebec River in Northern Maine, which many Ironwood teens count as a highlight of their stay. The Kennebec River is located in the heart of Maine's white water country and incudes 12 miles of fast, deep water. Guided by registered Maine Guides who provide expert instruction in rafting techniques and water safety, teens take in the breath-taking New England scenery as they ride the thrilling roller coaster waves of Big Mama and the Three Sisters in the upper Kennebec gorge, then plunge into Magic Falls, and from there paddle their way down the lower river to scout wildlife.