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Cow Island Forever

Classic Cow Overview

Our Classic Cow programs offer middle and high school-aged students the opportunity to explore our island home, camp, sea kayak, explore our challenge course, and learn healthy living skills that facilitate the growth of mind, body and spirit. This week-long overnight program is offered to:

  • Cow Islanders (11-13 years old)
  • Cow Journeys (13-16 years old)
  • Boy’s and Girl’s Leadership Weeks (13-16 years old)

Classic Cow activities are aimed at broadening knowledge of the marine environment, encouraging healthy risk-taking, and developing students’ capacity to act as leaders both within their peer groups and their communities.

With a guide to student ratio of 1:7, students will safely paddle the waters of Casco Bay, build confidence, make new friends, and enjoy 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, all food, and all necessary sea kayaking and camping equipment.

A comprehensive gear list will be provided upon registration.

Each Classic Cow session is from Monday-Friday each week. Students should be dropped off at 7:30am on Monday and picked up at 5:00pm on Friday at the Casco Bay Lines ferry terminal on the Maine State Pier.

Pick Your Program


Cow Islanders (Ages 11-13)

Overview In this week-long overnight program, Islanders will sea kayak, explore the Cow Island challenge course, play intensely fun games, and learn wilderness camping and cooking skills. Students will put… Read more >

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Cow Journeys (Ages 13-16)

Overview Cow Journeys combines the magic of the Cow Island experience with the excitement of exploring nearby islands on a two-night paddling trip. Ride our zip line, build a raft,… Read more >