Registration: Chiltern Summer Jamboree at Swan Island, Richmond, Maine (07-20-2018 11:00 am - 07-22-2018 11:00 am)

Chiltern Summer Jamboree at Swan Island, Richmond, Maine July 20 to 22nd

   This year's summer jamboree will be held at Swan Island in Richmond, Maine, about 40 minutes north of Portland, Maine.  The three mile long island, which lies in the Kennebec River, is a State wildlife sanctuary, with ferry and campground.  You must take Friday off in order to catch the ferry to the island, which is only a five minute ride.  We will double park our cars at the landing parking lot.  At the island dock, the rangers have a truck on which to put our gear and riders, and take us down to the campground in the center of the island, which overlooks the river.  If you bring your own kayak, we can get your tent & gear to the campground while you paddle down the east side of the island to the campground landing.

  There are bathrooms and a shower unit near the campground.

  There is plenty to do: A swimming hole in the river, hiking paths, roads with bike rentals, and a fishing pond, with fishing equipment available.  Also kayaks to rent.  The island, which is the former town of Perkins, has a number of old buildings to visit, all on the National Register of Historic Places.

  We have a potluck on Friday night, then a barbeque on Saturday night (with left over pot luck items).  There will be a separate grill for meat and vegetarian items.  Both Liz and Steve will bring stoves for everyone to use.  Coffee each morning, continental breakfast on Saturday and blueberry pancakes on Sunday.

    Check out this beautiful island, directions, campground map, etc., at http://www.maine.gov/ifw/programs-resources/recreational-opportunities/swan-island/index/html

   Prices for the weekend are $40 per person, which includes use of shelter or tent space, ferry over and back and breakfasts.  When you register please include you email as we need to coordinate the ferry schedule, pot luck and let you know where you can stay if driving up on Thursday night. 

Your hosts, Liz Willis and Steve Pinkham.  Email us with any questions or recommendations.  williseliz@aol.com or hikercmc@yahoo.com

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