Junior Maine Guide

For the True Outdoor Enthusiast

The Junior Maine Guide (JMG) program is a remote camping skills program sponsored by Maine Summer Camps and the Maine State Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife. Many camps throughout the state offer campers the chance to earn this challenging, fun, and uniquely Maine achievement. The JMG program is a reference to Maine Guides, who have a long and storied history in Maine. The first Registered Maine Guide was Cornelia Crosby, or “Fly Rod Crosby” as she was better known.

2013 Camp Skye portage in leaves

Junior Maine Guide

Program Type: Junior Maine Guide
Ages: 16, 17, 18
Grades: 10-12
Length: 5 Weeks
Session 1: Coming in 2022
Session 2: Coming in 2022

Stewards of the Natural World

The Junior Maine Guide program teaches outdoor leadership, outdoor living skills, and stewardship of the environment through a rigorous curriculum that focuses on canoeing, fire building, shelter construction, first aid, cooking, map and compass, and flora and fauna identification. Campers will learn how to comfortably live in remote settings and how to care for a group of people all while respecting the natural world.

The Road Less Traveled

Throughout this five week experience the group will spend the majority of their time base camping at Fourth Debsconeag Wilderness Camps in northern Maine. While based here, the group will spend their time living and breathing the outdoors, learning about the native plants and animals, advanced fire building techniques, and the fundamentals of leading canoe trips.  The group will put into practice the skills they learned by planning and preparing a canoe trip of their own. Once they return from their trip the group will do any final preparations and make the journey over to the Rangeley Lakes region of Maine for the week-long Junior Maine Guide testing camp. They will join other JMG camp groups from all over Maine and show off their skills and knowledge as they attempt to earn this prestigious patch.


Meet the Director

Jen Adams

Director of Outdoor Programs
(207) 882-7323 x 135

Deposit Information:

A fully completed registration form, director approval, and a deposit is required to hold a program space. Deposits are non-refundable.*

  • $700 per child – Full Session and Leadership Expeditions 
  • $400 per child – Puffin Program 
  • $100 per child for families applying for financial aid

For families carrying over a credit from summer 2020, we will apply your non-refundable deposit (either $700, $400 or $100) towards the deposit owed. Any remaining credit balance will be applied to your remaining tuition. The first half of which is due February 1 and the remaining balance is due May 1.



We reserve the right to cancel, delay, substitute, or revise any program itinerary due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If we are forced to cancel camp programming due to COVID-19, families will be given a full refund, including their deposit.

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