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Kroka Expeditions
Marlow, NH

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767 Forest Rd.
Marlow, NH 03456

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TYPE OF CAMP: Overnight/Sleepaway. Overnight programs spanning 1-3 weeks.

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers. All Boy Campers. All Girl Campers.

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: Kroka Expeditions is committed to awakening in young people a connection to nature and the spirit within, and a capacity for conscious living and compassionate service. We strive to achieve this through wilderness adventure, community living, farming, and the practice of traditional and indigenous skills.

Theater, Music/Band, Fine Arts/Crafts, Swimming, Waterfront/Aquatics, Team Sports, Adventure, Travel, Wilderness/Nature, and more. Rock Climbing, White Water Paddling, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Wilderness Skills, Timber Framing, Farming, & Backpacking.

TOP NEW HAMPSHIRE SUMMER CAMP: Kroka Expeditions is a Top Summer Camp located in Marlow New Hampshire offering many fun and enriching camp programs. Kroka Expeditions also offers CIT/LIT and/or Teen Leadership Opportunities, too.

CAMP LOCATION: The Kroka Village lies nestled in the high country between the watersheds of the Ashuelot and Cold Rivers, on 75 acres of forests, fields, cliffs, and streams adjacent to a large wilderness area. Here we work to bring intention, connection, and a sense of responsibility to the work that we do.

CAMP FACILITIES: Our base camp facility is a functioning organic farm, garden, and community living village where staff and students live side by side. We have three Cree lodges, all hand built by past students, as well as a number of canvas wall tents on platforms. There is no running water or electricity and all cooking is done over open fire. Students engage in the functions of life by working with the animals, harvesting fresh food from the garden, splitting wood, and gathering water. Back behind the dwellings are beautiful woods that lead to a stream and beaver pond; excellent for exploration! This is where students stay when they arrive before heading off on their expedition adventure, and again when they return.

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: We offer a wide variety of programs in the summer, spanning from ages 9 - 19. Our programs for younger children foster the spirit of living and playing in nature, while cultivating a connection to the land and setting a foundation for outdoor adventure skills. Our more advanced programs for older students and adults use wilderness expedition and adventure as a tool for experiencing independence, exhilaration, freedom, responsibility, and empowerment, as well as creating deep connections with new friends and the natural world. Please visit our website at Our Camp Website Link: or call our office at 603-835-9087 for more specific information.


This is a journey that traverses 100 miles of coastal waters along the picturesque Gulf of Maine from Belfast to Frenchmen Bay just north of Bar Harbor. Along the way we will pass Deer Island and Isle Au Haute, as we travel on to Mount Desert Island. Before leaving for expedition students will craft wooden oars in the Kroka workshop and dehydrate fruit, berries, and meat from our farm for the journey. Our sea faring fleet will consist of solo and tandem ocean kayaks, and oar rigged student-made voyager canoes. When the wind is with us we will sail, and we will learn to navigate with map and compass through the complexity of tides, currents, fog, and many a spruce covered rocky island. We will feast on wild foods, gather seaweed, dig for clams, and fish for mackerel. Ocean treasures will form in our hands as we carve wood and gather basket materials from the tidal line. Students will study Marine Ecology, learn to use a variety of knots, read weather, start fire by friction, and make simple shelters in the wilderness. Students will also develop leadership skills through the practice of leading and following, discussing and debating, and forming a strong sense of community built of new lasting friendships.

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CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Please call or email for financial aid information.

FAMILY CAMP SESSION(S): Experience Kroka through a day of meaningful work: Our Camp Website Link:

YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS: Experience the Kroka Difference:

Kroka journeys are extended wilderness expeditions (up to two months at a time), where modern ways of travel are combined with indigenous knowledge and age-old traditions. You will learn to navigate with map and compass, and be guided by the sun and stars. Meals will be cooked from scratch over an open fire using ingredients from local farms, our own animals and gardens, and gifts harvested in the wilderness. You will sleep in a handmade tent or shelter, and your travels will take you through uncharted territory.

Kroka education is experiential and place-based. You learn tree identification to select the right trees for firewood, and to make baskets and paddles. Wilderness medicine is taught miles away from human contact in the depths of winter to the song of the howling wind. History is taught through personal stories of people who have spent their entire lives living on the land. You engage deeply in your learning. This ownership leads to the success of your journey, and your achievement is written on the proud faces of your teammates.

Kroka teachers are outstanding educators and wilderness guides from around the world. They bring to students a depth of experience and breadth of knowledge that is combined with strong character and an unshakable belief in humanity. Their personal life stories speak of extended expeditions, sustainable homesteads, the forgotten arts and crafts of indigenous societies, and passionate work for positive change in the communities around them.

Kroka experiences are holistic. As we travel through wild places we develop the voice of our community, create our daily necessities out of local natural materials, find food and water in the wilderness, and express our learning through poetry, visual arts, journaling, and the creation of a semester book. When we come out of the wilderness, our simple and intentional lifestyle is continued. Our daily lives center around working to fulfill our own needs, minimizing our ecological footprint, and participating positively in our community. Everyone at Kroka, from director to student, carries important community responsibilities, be it tending to the composting toilet, or cleaning the laundry room.

Kroka students are delightful and inspiring young people, marching to a different drumbeat. They form a close-knit community as they learn to live in harmony and see the best in one another.

OTHER CAMP INFO: Kroka Expeditions is committed to awakening in young people a connection to nature and the spirit within, and a capacity for conscious living and compassionate service. We strive to achieve this through wilderness adventure, community living, farming, and the practice of traditional and indigenous skills. -Kroka teachers are an international group of outstanding educators who draw from Russian, Austrian, Ecuadorian, and American outdoor living traditions. -Our campus is a real village, where staff and students live side-by-side in a community made up of student-crafted traditional dwellings. -Kroka is a working farm, where students share in growing, harvesting, preparing, and eating. -We teach and practice traditional handwork skills using natural materials. -We are committed to the participation of all, regardless of ability to pay.

This summer we are running more than 20 different programs through June, July and August that span 1-4 weeks in a variety of focus areas in Rock Climbing, White Water Paddling, Biking, Hiking, and Wilderness Skills. Kroka Expeditions was founded on the important principle of serving children and families regardless of income, therefore our tuition is a sliding scale based on annual income, and there are additional scholarship opportunities. Please visit our website at Our Camp Website Link: or call our office at 603-835-9087 for more specific information on dates and rates.

Wilderness Educators/Expedition Guides:
Join a visionary community working on the cutting edge of outdoor education. Our international group of guides and educators envision, design and execute programs that have consistent life-changing impact on children and youth.
Schedule: April - October

Educators will teach and support one to three weeklong wilderness programs for highly motivated students ages 9-18 at Kroka's base camp and on expeditions throughout New England and beyond including:
Canoeing expeditions
Open water and ocean expeditions
Multi-element expeditions
Base camp programs
Farm based programs
Summer programs within Kroka's seven adventure schools (introductory, rock climbing and caving, white water paddling, open water, mountain biking, wilderness skills, rite of passage)
Compensation & Benefits
Pay is based on Kroka's compensation scale.
Being part of a diverse and energetic community that is deeply engaged in making a positive difference in the world.
Room and board: simple and beautiful Kroka Village housing, and meals whenever you are on campus or traveling for Kroka. Ongoing adventure sports and wilderness skills training opportunities from master teachers.

Wilderness expedition experience in remote environments

Adventure sports expertise, or substantial experience and aspiration to become an expert in one of Kroka's adventure sports, such as white water paddling, rock climbing, caving, mountaineering, back-country skiing, cycling, or another adventure sport with similar set of skills.

Professional certifications: Wilderness First Responder and drivers license with clean record and experience driving trailers.

Commitment to personal fitness: Working at Kroka is physically demanding, and requires a high level of fitness. During the course of your work you will be expected to lift canoes, paddle for long hours, and participate joyously in many other strenuous activities. We are looking for employees who are dedicated to a personal fitness routine.

Love of teaching and mentoring children and youth: enjoys working with wide range of ages, documented and referenced previous teaching experience

Commitment to sustainability: Personal commitment to simple living, along with experience living in a community of people with simplified personal needs
The following qualifications and skills are a plus:

Professional certifications and education: Wilderness or Red Cross Lifeguard, college degree and/or equivalent life experience

Personal artistic skills: strong singing voice, handwork skills, visual and performing arts experience

International/cultural diversity: experience living, working, and traveling in other countries and cultures.

Please submit the following via postal mail, email to jobs[AT], or hand delivery:
Letter of interest addressing these questions:
Why do you want to work at Kroka? How does it fit into your long-term career and life goals?
What unique personal/professional qualities will you bring to Kroka
What life experience do you bring in using your own hands to provide for your own food, shelter, clothing.
Personal Expedition Log (see example below)
Professional Resume
Two professional letters of recommendation (from a co-worker or supervisor)
Supporting materials (photographs, videos, artwork, handwork, articles, etc.).

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