Science of Survival Summer Camp


Begins Saturday, July 26

3 - 4:30pm Campers arrive and settle into rooms

4:30pm Welcoming address; parents depart

5:30pm Dinner & orientation for campers and staff

  • Wilderness first aid training, splinting, litter building
  • Water purification
  • Ropes rescue – belaying
  • Building electricity/salt water batteries – electro-chemical reactions

Evening: Campfire

  • Rope rescues – knots & physics of pulley systems, block & tackle & weight estimation
  • Building shelter
  • Morse code/radio
  • Botany – edible plant life, foraging

Evening: Presentation by Dr. Jonathan Hare of “Hollywood Science”


  • Botany – medicinal plants, foraging
  • Building a fire, flashpoint, friction
  • Orienteering & navigation – tracking & range estimation
  • Morse code/radio

Evening: Kayaking and canoeing

  • Rope building
  • Raft building
  • Radio signal transmission
  • Prepare for tomorrow’s adventure

Evening: Reflection at lakeside campfire

Friday, August 1

Students put their week’s study to the test as they use scientific, mathematic, engineering and leadership skills to collaborate in a simulated shipwreck rescue operation on Little Chebeague Island in Casco Bay.

Saturday, August 2

8:00-10:00am Camper pick up