Sundog Outdoor Expeditions has announced it will offer two new programs starting in September: stand-up paddle boarding (SUP)/canoeing for fifth- and sixth-graders and rock climbing for seventh- and eighth-graders.

Each six-week session includes outdoor skills training, a community service project and a culminating two-day final expedition.

In the SUP/canoe program, students will explore local coastlines in fresh and saltwater and learn how to handle a small craft. They also will learn and practice the proper strokes, navigation and safety skills necessary to travel on the water.

In the rock climbing program, students build a foundation of knowledge and skills that they will need to climb outdoors in a top rope setting. Equipment, belaying, anchors, rappelling, and climbing movement are all covered in detail.

“Fall is the perfect time to be outside after school in the last warm temps of the year while learning awesome new skills on the lakes, rocks, and in the ocean; so make sure to sign-up and spread the word about these incredible programs," said Jen Porter, program manager for Sundog OE.

The Maine Outdoor Leadership Initiative is a local non-profit educational organization dedicated to getting middle school-aged kids outside after school and learning new outdoor skills while building confidence, craftsmanship, integrity, and resilience. Their program, Sundog Outdoor Expeditions, serves area students grades five through eight with a range of outdoor activities. Sundog program fees are subsidized and scholarships are available so that all can participate.

To sign-up for programs, donate, or get more information, visit or email Porter at

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