Sea Kayaking Skills

This class is designed for those who want to gain the skills and confidence to safely execute a full day sea kayaking trip with friends or family. We will focus on paddle technique, re-entries, towing, and navigation. Session 1 will be on Unity Pond. Session 2 we will launch from Stockton Springs. After consulting our group and charts we will decide the location for session 3. Session 1: Introduction to Equipment: Paddles, Kayaks, PFD’s, Safety Gear, Clothing, and Repair kits … Read More

Map & Compass: Staying Found

Sunday, April 30th 9am – 4pm | All ages and abilities 12 and under accompanied by an adult. In this world of electronics it is easy to lose site of the importance of using basic tools. Map & Compass is an example of this more basic technology. It does not require satellites or electricity to keep charged and can save your life. Plus its fun to learn and fun to use! Do you like to spend time in the woods? … Read More

Ocean Navigation

Does navigating on the ocean intimidate you? Are you worried about encountering fog? Gain the knowledge and confidence you need for a safe and fun paddling excursion. Learn how to navigate on tidal waters with North Star Adventures. Getting turned around on the ocean is easy, once on the water it is hard to determine one island from the next. Learn how to read navigational charts and use a compass to find your location and plot your course. The first … Read More

Adventure Team Building with North Star Adventures

North Star Adventures is happy to announce our Adventure Team Building Program. Our programs are outcome based and created with your organization’s specific goals in mind. Through proper sequencing and planning we will deliver a curriculum that will enhance your team’s ability to communicate and work together more effectively.  We create a safe space in which team members can build trust both on the physical and emotional level. Common experiences outside the work environment, on their own, foster deeper relationships. … Read More

Staying Found with Map & Compass

In our world of electronics, you may ask why Map & Compass…it is so…primitive! The push of a button on a cell phone, GPS or PLB (personal locator beacon) is easy, convenient, more accurate, universal, no need to add or subtract declination…no need to think! While the world of electronics makes our lives easier, it does have its limitations. Tree cover, remote location, cost, and battery life, are the most common reasons our devices may fail. A basic base plate … Read More

Why Map & Compass

In our world of electronics, you may ask why Map & Compass…it is so…primitive!  The push of a button on a cell phone, GPS or PLB (personal locator beacon) is easy, convenient, more accurate, universal, no need to add or subtract declination…no need to think! While the world of electronics makes our lives easier, it does have its limitations. Tree cover, remote location, cost, and battery life, are the most common reasons our devices may fail. A basic base plate … Read More

Why I Chose North Star Adventures

During the North Star Launch Party in January someone asked me why I chose North Star for the name of my program. “The North Star – Polaris, sits almost directly above the North Pole. It is a reliable gauge of North if you find yourself lost on a clear night without a compass. Sometimes we all need to refocus and right our own ship. North Star Adventures is designed to reinvigorate your life, help you chart a new course or … Read More

Launch Party Success

After weeks of planning, preparation, and ,yes, some fretting, North Star Adventures officially set-sail with our Launch Party held on Saturday, January 27.  One of my biggest pre-event worries was, “What if no one shows up?”  Well, I was more than pleasantly surprised by the crowd that packed the cozy confines of the Waterfall Arts Center in Belfast. Unofficial numbers (several people in the audience counted) were around 70!  The standing-room-only crowd certainly exceeded my expectations. After I presented an … Read More