Our Aucocisco programs offer young adventurers the opportunity to explore our island home, learn the fundamentals of sea kayaking, experience our zip line, go rock wall climbing, and make new friends. This week-long day program is offered to:
- Zephyrs (8-10 years old)
- Ripples (10-12 years old)
- Waves (12-14 year old)
The activities for each Aucocisco level are carefully designed to match the developmental needs and skill progression appropriate for each age group. Parents of Zephyrs and Ripples also have an opportunity to join their children for a parent day every Thursday.
With a guide to student ratio of 1:7, students will safely paddle the waters of Casco Bay, building confidence, making new friends, and enjoying the Maine outdoors. Rippleffect guide staff are Wilderness First Responder certified and trained sea kayak guides. We use an allied-based leadership approach to conflict resolution and education, involving the students in decision-making processes and teaching responsibility.
Rippleffect will provide transportation from downtown Portland and all necessary sea kayaking equipment.
Students are responsible for bringing their lunch each day. A comprehensive gear list will be provided upon registration.
Each Aucocisco session is from Monday-Friday each week. Students should be dropped off at 7:30am and picked up at 5:00pm daily at the Casco Bay Lines ferry terminal on the Maine State Pier.
Pick Your Program
Aucocisco Zephyrs (Ages 8-10)
Overview This week-long program is for our youngest participants, youth aged 8-10 years old. Daily activities include exploring our island campus, climbing our rock wall, riding our zip line and… Read more >
Aucocisco Ripples (Ages 10-12)
Overview This week-long program is for youth aged 10 to 12 years old. Daily activities include sea kayaking excursions to neighboring islands, group challenges and games, and exploration of our… Read more >
Aucocisco Waves (Ages 12-14)
Overview For our older day students, this week-long program is open to youth aged 12-14 years old. Daily activities include an expanded sea kayaking curriculum, longer day paddles in Casco… Read more >