Sunday Daytime Activities

Full Day Activities 

Visit the White Mountains. Mosaic has organized a day in the White Mountains, the world-famous mountain range to the north that contains the tallest and most rugged mountains on the East Coast. This trip requires a long bus drive -- up to 90 minutes each way, which is longer than is typical for these weekends. We think it will be worth it. If you've never been to the Whites, you are in for a treat. There is no other place quite like it east of the Mississippi.

White Mountain Options

  • Franconia Notch Sampler.  Franconia Notch is a deep gash in the granite peaks, with mighty Lafayette Mountain on one side and the 1,000 foot cliff of Cannon Mountain on the other (which was once the location of the Old Man of the Mountain, which collapsed in 2000). We've put together several of the most famous "easy" places to visit.  We'll start off with an easy hike in The Flume, a catwalk bolted to the size of a granite canyon above a flowing river. Attendees can hike just the flume, or add to the challenge by completing a 2-mile loop, which will return hikers on a higher route above the waters. From there, we'll take the bus to The Basin, an amazing granite bowl the size of a small pond carved smooth by flowing water. There are some great places to eat lunch on the rocks along the brook.  Then we'll head to Cannon Mountain Ski Area, where we'll ride their famous tram up to 4,000 feet to catch a bird's eye view of the mountains. Total hiking distance is approximately 2.5 miles. Cost: $30 for admission fees and tickets
  • Bike the Franconia Notch Multi-Use Trail.  We will rent mountain bikes in Lincoln, then cycle 9 miles north through Franconia Notch on a paved trail (note: some small hill climbs). On the way, you'll have a chance to see some of the highlights of the notch, including Echo Lake, the Old Man of the Mountain site, the Basin, and the Flume Gorge. Be sure to stop and admire the 30-ton boulder that fell from Cannon Cliff in 1997, rolling a thousand feet down the talus and stopping just short of the bike trail. Group consensus will decide which sites to visit and for how long, leaving enough time to return to Lincoln (nearly all downhill!) in time for the bus. Possible additional charges onsite if the group has time to ride the Aerial Tramway. Note: This bike ride is scenic ride with several stops. It is not for distance or speed riding. Cost: $17
  • Lonesome Lake Moderate Hike & Swim. This justifiably-popular route takes hikers 1,000 feet up in 1.5 miles to Lonesome Lake, an alpine lake with a sterling view across the valley to the rugged ramparts of Mt. Lafayette. Be sure to bring a bathing suit for swimming in these crystal-clear waters, and take time to walk around the lake to appreciate the different views. There's also an Appalachian Mountain Club hut at the lake, where you can buy snacks and see what it's like to sleep in the backcountry. Upon the return to the parking lot, possibly via a different trail, hikers may have the opportunity to explore the paved multi-use trail and some of the sights along it before meeting the bus. Included.
  • Strenuous Hike on The Falling Waters Trail to Little Haystack. The Falling Waters Trail is a legendary hike in a range with no shortage of legends. This three-mile trail climbs all the way to 4,780-foot Little Haystack. While the group may not make it all the way to the summit, due to time constraints and a 3,000-foot ascent, we'll enjoy the trip up and see how high we can get. This challenging and highly-scenic route follows a river the entire way, passing waterfalls and rock scrambles that will require hands and feet. Hikers are guaranteed some of the most rugged scenery in New England. If the group is fast enough, we'll reach the alpine zone for views across the White Mountains, but hikers should be prepared to turn around when time requires. Please do not sign up for this hike if you are not confident of your abilities, and be sure to pack warm and waterproof clothes for the section above tree line. Included.

Visit the Canterbury Shaker Village. Take a step back in time... experience 200 years of the Shaker way of life! Canterbury Shaker Village is an internationally-known historic site and museum in Canterbury, New Hampshire. Founded in the 19th century, it is a registered National Historic Landmark and is one of the most intact and authentic surviving Shaker community sites. The Shakers were a progressive and influential American utopian religious group whose ideals were reflected in their music and dance and their use of these in worship. Thus, we'll begin our day at 10:30 at the Visitor's Center with the "Learn A Shaker Song & Dance Tour" - an experiential, multi-sensory 40-minute tour that engages visitors physically with the history and culture of the Shakers through song and dance. You may choose, in addition, to join several other equally informative and fascinating guided tours which introduce the customs, inventions, furniture, architecture, and values of this utopian society. All tours are free with your admission. After the tour we'll sit outdoors and enjoy an authentic Shaker lunch (or brunch on Sunday) at the purportedly excellent "Shaker Box Lunch & Farm Stand". Afterwards, meander on your own among 22 original buildings situated on a rolling hilltop surrounded by 694 acres of open fields, woodlots and ponds. Watch crafts being made in the Shaker tradition including oval boxes, brooms, poplarware, and dovetailed totes. Explore the botanical garden and three easily accessible nature trails to mill ponds, archeological remains of old mills, and dam sites. Browse through the unique gift shop offering Shaker reproduction furniture, an extensive collection of Shaker books and tapes, and NH handcrafts. Internet reviewers *rave* about this day trip. Their only complaint is that one day is not nearly enough to take it all in.Cost: $20

***SOLD OUT*** Visit Ogonquit, ME. We will meet our chamber of commerce guide for a private walking tour in downtown Ogunquit, where she will introduce us to the stories and history of this quaint and historic village. Afterwards, we'll continue with an easy 1.25-mile stroll along the spectacular Marginal Way. You’ll need your camera to capture the sights of crashing waves and tide pools along Maine’s most painted landscape. Preserved for generations to admire Ogunquit’s rocky coast and spectacular views, Marginal Way ambles along the seaside and ends in picturesque Perkins Cove, a picture postcard filled with a myriad of quaint and interesting shops & great restaurants, with seagulls flying overhead. As we view Lobstermen hauling in the day’s catch, we'll choose a spot to enjoy a fabulous seafood lunch. Afterwards, we'll troll for treasures among the artist shacks, galleries and antique stores - then sneak in a quick ice cream for dessert atop Ogunquit’s famous walking drawbridge. In the afternoon, we'll check out The Barn Gallery, and the Museum of American Art ($5 payable onsite). We may even be able to arrange a special backstage tour of Ogunquit's historic Playhouse ($5 payable onsite). Be sure to bring your bathing suit! After our strenuous day of shopping, sightseeing and eating, we'll relax at Ogunquit's famous beach-a gorgeous three miles of perfectly white, rock-free sand.  Cost: $6 for morning tour. ***This activity has reached capacity and you can no longer register for it***

Kayak the Contoocook River. Come spend the day relaxing on the river. This is a 9-mile trip that begins in Contoocook Village just down from a historic railroad station and wooden covered railroad bridge. We will paddle down river at a leisurely pace. This is a flatwater trip. Paddling time is approximately 3 to 5 hours depending on the current. During your trip you will paddle through the Mast Yard State Forest and through the City of Concord Lehtinen Park. The scenery along the river is forested and dotted with beaches. Wildlife such as osprey, otters, ducks, blue herons, king fishers, beaver, deer, and bear make their home along the Contoocook River, so maybe we'll catch a glimpse.  Cost: $35 includes single kayak, PFD and shuttle.

**CANCELLED** Rock Climbing at Pawtuckaway State Park. Never tried rock climbing before? Now's your chance. There are few things more thrilling than your first day out on rock. Give it a try -- you will be amazed how high you can get. Both new and experienced climbers can sign up for a day of top-roping from beginner to more difficult climbs of up to 50 feet. The climbing will take place in Pawtuckaway State Park, only 20 minutes from the camp. There, you will meet your guide from Vertical Dreams, who will bring you to new limits of verticality. From the trailhead, we will walk a mile to the Boulders, a series of rock cliffs up to 50 feet high. There, we will review safety rules, learn how to belay and receive simple guidance on how to climb efficiently. Then it's time to rope up, as we'll take turns proving our mettle on slab and face climbs. By the end of the day, you will be amazed how quickly you will have adapted the unique skill required to move over stone. And you'll want to come back for more. This all-day event is limited to six people, and we must have at least three for the event to go. All equipment (shoes, harness, helmet) will be provided, but participants must bring lunch and plenty of water. Cost: $95 includes all equipment and guide.  *This event has been cancelled due to lack of interest and you can no longer register for it*

***SOLD OUT*** Strenuous Hike to Morgan and Percival Mountains. This strenuous 5.5-mile hike has it all: two mountains with great views, ladders, cliffs, and boulder caves! The hike begins with gentle terrain for the first 0.6 miles, then climbs steadily upwards 2.6 miles to the first summit, where you have the option of doing the last 0.2 miles on easy trails or climbing up ladders through a boulder cave and walking up ledges! Good views from various vantage points between both mountains. Composite view of 360 degrees. Bring hiking boots, poles recommended, preferably with wrist straps for climbing up ladders, grippy soles if doing the ladder route, hat, sunscreen, lunch and plenty of water (2-3 quarts) Included. *This hike is at capacity and you can no longer register for it.*

Half Day Morning Activities

*** SOLD OUT *** High ROPES Adventure. Come dare yourself on Maine’s largest high ropes challenge course! Take Flight has over 60 activities and elements including multi-vines, cat walks, burma bridges, tube nets, swinging tires, swinging platforms and coming soon on the course a Mega  Swing! With over a dozen different types of cargo nets to climb up, on, across, over, and through you will want to come back again and again. Great for all abilities, Take Flight promises to challenge you and give you an adrenaline rush like no other. Want to step it up a notch? Opening soon – Belay-Less Elements! These unique elements utilize specialized nets for safety. This part of the course is not for the faint of heart but for those who really enjoy pushing themselves. Cost $46 includes 30 min ground school plus 2 hours on the course. (NOTE: If we have 10 or more people sign up, we can get a group discount and will refund you $4) *This activity is at capacity and you can no longer register for it.*

Camp Sports & Fitness.Sleep in and enjoy the sports fields, courts and courses at camp on your own. Camp Yavneh has two softball diamonds, four tennis courts (bring your own rackets/balls), two volleyball courts, three tetherball areas, a hard top game area, swings, two outdoor basketball courts, and one indoor basketball court. The camp has basketballs, volleyballs, soccer balls, baseball bats/balls and tetherballs. Bring your own baseball mitt. There is also gaga (Israeli Dodgeball) and human foosball. Included. Included. 

Half Day Afternoon Activities

Camp Waterfront OpenHang out on the camp's lakeside beach with a good book, or go for a swim. Or take out a canoe or kayak on the lake. If you're tired from traveling, or just want a little time to sit back and unwind, this is a great opportunity to do so  Included.

Lake Paddle For those who decide to stay back at camp, we'll organize a Lake Paddle around the camp lake. Included. 

Camp Sports & Fitness.Enjoy the sports fields, courts and courses at camp on your own. Camp Yavneh has two softball diamonds, four tennis courts (bring your own rackets/balls), two volleyball courts, three tetherball areas, a hard top game area, swings, two outdoor basketball courts, and one indoor basketball court. The camp has basketballs, volleyballs, soccer balls, baseball bats/balls and tetherballs. Bring your own baseball mitt. There is also gaga (Israeli Dodgeball) and human foosball. Included. 

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