Use Camp Scelkit on Kittery Point as your base for your troop’s next outing and explore the many amazing places that are in the area! Just remember to check Safety Activity Checkpoints and follow all GSME policies.
History and Science
Fort Foster, Kittery, ME
Less than 2 miles away on Gerrish Island is Fort Foster, a beautiful state park where swimming is permitted during the Fort’s open season (fees apply). There is no lifeguard on duty. There are three sandy beaches, nice walking paths, lookout areas, WWII structures to explore and wonderful ocean views.more information
Fort McClary, Kittery Point, ME
Historical fort and beautiful seaside location with an excellent museum. more information
Strawbery Banke Museum, Portsmouth, NH
A 10-acre outdoor history museum, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and dedicated to bringing 300+ years of American history to life. Strawbery Banke is a place to learn about architecture, heritage plants and foodways, traditional crafts and the tools, clothing and collections people used for everyday life in the 1600s, 1700s, 1800s and up through 1954 when the site was saved from urban renewal. www.strawberybanke.org
Seashore Trolley Museum, Kennebunkport, ME
Collection of historic trolleys, buses and trains from yesteryear. You can check out the museum and one of the oldest and largest electric railway museum in the world. www.trolleymuseum.org
Kittery Historical & Naval Museum, Kittery, ME
Portrayal of the history of Kittery and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Open June through Labor Day.www.kitterymuseum.com
USS Albacore Submarine, Portsmouth, NH
Museum, park & tour inside the submarine. The Albacore holds a place in history as the first Navy-designed vessel with a true underwater hull of cylindrical shape that has become the standard for today’s submarines worldwide. www.ussalbacore.org
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, NH
One of four remaining naval shipyards in the nation, working primarily on submarines. Tours (weekends too) can be arranged with several weeks notice by calling Joe Gluckert 207-438-2346.
Seacoast Science Center, Rye NH
The Seacoast Science Center is a non-profit marine environmental organization located on the rocky coast of historic Odiorne Point State Park. The center features live animals of the Gulf of Maine, indoor touch tanks, and hands-on exhibits about life in and around the ocean. www.seacoastsciencecenter.org
Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
Just over the bridge in Portsmouth, NH is a world of hands-on learning and discovery with dynamic explorations in science, math, world cultures, the arts and New Hampshire history and ecology.www.childrens-museum.org
Water Country, Portsmouth, NH
New England’s largest water park with over 26 acres of rides, slides, waves, rivers and pools.www.watercountry.com
Boat Cruises, Whale Watching, Lobster Boat, Scenic Lighthouse Cruises
Fun and educational opportunities all around Kittery Point, Oqunquit and many other locations
Take Flight Aerial Adventure Course, Kittery, ME
The adventure challenge course has over 60 activities and elements and the zip line tour has 6 different zips and several climbing elements that take you on a high flying adventure through the trees! Height requirements for participants. www.takeflightadv.com
York’s Wild Kingdom & Amusement Park, Wells, ME
At New England’s only zoo and amusement park, you can check out lions, tigers, camels, zebras and monkeys and more animals from all over the world then have a little fun in the amusement park.www.yorkzoo.com
Nature and Hiking
Mt. Agamenticus, York, ME
Drive or hike to the summit of this former ski area to enjoy breathtaking panoramic views from the Atlantic Ocean to New Hampshire’s White Mountains and to explore its 40+ miles of trails, and then check out the learning enter at summit. Reservations requested for center. See the tab “for Teachers” on their website for great ideas. Only 15 miles from Scelkit. March – October. FREE.www.agamenticus.org
Bauneg Beg Mountain, North Berwick, ME
89 wooded acres with two miles of peaceful trails, surprising rock formations and a panoramic view. Network of trails winds through deciduous forests, beech and pine groves, and through a large boulder section called Devil’s Den before coming out to Middle Peak and a 180 degree view to the north.baunegbeg.com
Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, Laudholm, Wells, ME
A wonderful 270-acre farm with extensive wildlife, a salt marsh, and picnic area. Enjoy seven miles of easy to moderate trails to experience the beauty of south coastal Maine. Interpretive trails, nature discovery. www.wellsreserve.org
Marginal Way Cliff Walk, Ogunquit, ME
This delightful, exhilarating 1 1/4 mile paved footpath meanders by tangled bayberry and bittersweet bushes, gnarled shrubs of fragrant pink and white sea roses, shaded alcoves of high granite outcroppings, and humbling views of the mighty Atlantic with its varying seasonal moods. Each year more than 100,000 people take this popular scenic path.
Prescott Park, Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth’s 10-acre waterfront park with flower gardens and a summer arts festival.www.cityofportsmouth.com/prescottpark
Vaughan Woods State Park & Hamilton Historic Mansion, South Berwick, ME
250 acre woodland with well established trails along the banks of the Salmon Falls River. Beautiful views of the river. Easy 3 mile loop, or shorter routes. 207-490-4079. Historic Mansion from 1795 can be visited. 207-384-2454 more information
Steedman Woods, York, ME
This 17 acre woodland was given to Old York in 1978 to be kept forever wild for the enjoyment of the residents of York. Trails connect York Village to York Harbor by crossing the Wiggly Bridge, one of the smallest suspension bridges in the United States.
York Village, York, ME
Choose from Museum tour, York Village tour or York River tours to learn about one of Maine’s oldest towns through its historic buildings – a jail, tavern, schoolhouse and cemetery.
Cape Neddick Nubble Lighthouse, York, ME
Picturesque lighthouse. There is free parking at Sohier Park with an excellent view of the lighthouse. The lighthouse itself is not open to the public.
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