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Rippleffect Orientation Program

Please note changes to the Rippleffect Orientation Program for Fall 2021 outlined in the parent letters linked below.
Rippleffect is a non-profit youth development organization in Portland, Maine and on Cow Island in Casco Bay. Serving over 3,500 youth and adults each year, we are leaders in outdoor adventure and experiential education in the Northeast region. We believe that hands-on education in outdoor classrooms is fundamental to healthy development of citizens and communities. Our programs allow students to build confidence, develop critical leadership skills, strengthen relationships, and grow their appreciation for the outdoors. 
Program Description: This long one day program will focus on building leadership and coping skills for both the 7th and 8th grade class this year.. Students will participate in a variety of teambuilding exercises, outdoor adventure activities and environmental educational activities on Cow Island in Casco Bay. 
Program Educational Objectives:
  • Increase each student’s self confidence as a leader among his or her peers. 
  • Each student will learn and understand the core components of successful teamwork. 
  • Cow Island will be understood as a microcosm for the world in which we live, as it pertains to sustainability, population pressures and invasive species.
Activities will focus around three theme statements, as they relate to the program objectives: 
  • 3 C’s of Teamwork: Communication, Collaboration, Compromise 
  • You’re in Charge! Be Proactive!
  • The Cow Island Contract: Taking Care of People, Planet, & Place 
Curriculum: Students will remain in their school advisory groups, with 12-14 students per group. Each group will be supervised by one Greely teacher and one Rippleffect guide. The following activities may be provided as options: 
    - Full Value Contract (setting group behavior norms) 
    - Sea Kayaking Introduction and Paddle 
    - 400’ Zip Line 
    - Climbing Wall 
    - High and Low Challenge Course Elements 
    - Environmental Art Projects 
    - Raft Building (leadership development activity) 
    - Tide pooling 
    - Solo/Reflection Time 

Every morning before breakfast there will be a choice of a mandatory morning activity: options may include yoga, island hike, or botany lesson. Campfires and daily debrief will happen in individual student groups every night. 

Lodging: All students will sleep in yurts, large camping tents or on cots in concrete bunkers on the island. We have many tent site locations across the island, allowing groups to stay together at night. Bathroom facilities consist of four composting toilets and two porta-potties. There are no showers on Cow Island. 

Food: We are very proud of our food service. We source as many local ingredients as possible and our meals are always nutritious, well balanced and (most importantly) very tasty. Students eat every meal together as an advisory group in our common eating space. 

Rippleffect Guide Staff: All Rippleffect guides are certified in Wilderness First Aid, trained sea kayak guides, and have significant experience in the field of experiential education. Our guides use an allied based leadership approach to conflict resolution and education, involving the students in decision-making processes and teaching responsibility. 

Student Cost: The all-inclusive cost of this program is $204.00 per student.
Refund Policy: If your child attends any portion of the program but has to leave early for any reason, we are not able to refund any portion of the payment. 

Important Rippleffect Contact Information:  
Office (8:30am-4:30pm, Mon-Fri)​ ​– 207-791-7870
Logan Faulkingham, Program Manager of Youth Community Partnerships – 314-651-9150 
Toby Arnold, Program Director of Wilderness Education – 207-415-1320
Adam Shepherd, Executive Director – 917-710-0399

7th & 8th Graders, Fall 2021

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