The 25th annual tradition of the Bath Savings Paddle for Pine Tree Camp returns as an in-person event this year as paddlers reunite on the Kennebec River to support Pine Tree Camp.  On June 5th, paddlers will set out from Solon for a seven-mile kayak trip to North Anson with one goal in mind: to raise money for Maine people with disabilities to experience Pine Tree Camp year-round.

“Coming together safely to enjoy the Maine outdoors embodies the spirit of Pine Tree Camp,” said Noel Sullivan, president and CEO of Pine Tree Society. “There will be complete Covid safety precautions in place, including drive-through check in and staggered start times.”

Paddlers can also opt to participate virtually.

“For 25 years, this Paddle event has raised vital funds for Pine Tree Camp,” Sullivan continued. “This year, asponsorship from Central Maine Power in partnership with the Avangrid Foundation energizes our fundraising goal.”

In 2020, Pine Tree Camp expanded programming to year-round; safely keeping Maine people with disabilities and their families active and engaged outdoors in all four seasons.  All proceeds from the paddle help keep Pine Tree Camp’s Open Door Policy firmly in place, providing funds so all who wish to come to camp may do so.

What: The 25th Annual Bath Savings Paddle for Pine Tree Camp is a seven-mile, two-hour paddle down the Kennebec River. This event is family-friendly and perfect for all ages, skill levels and abilities. Registration is required. Capacity is limited and full Covid safety precautions will be in place.

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When: Saturday, June 5

There will be two start times: 8:30AM and 11:00AM

Drive through check-in opens one hour prior to launch

Full details at this link:

Where: The Paddle begins at The Evergreens Campground in Solon (202 Ferry Street, off Route 201A) and ends in North Anson on the Patterson Bridge Road.

Why: All proceeds from the Paddle ensure that all who can benefit from the Pine Tree Camp experience are able to attend.  Learn more about Pine Tree Camp’s nationally recognized programming at this link:

More about Pine Tree Camp:  Every year, hundreds of Maine children and adults with disabilities arrive at Pine Tree Camp in Rome and their lives are transformed. Driving down the camp road, campers enter a world that is barrier-free, leaving behind the confines of their disability thanks to the camp’s 285-acre, fully accessible year-round campus. Campers actively participate in all the activities for which Maine is famous – kayaking, boating, fishing, hiking, biking and snow shoeing – experiencing freedom and independence. Since 1945, Pine Tree Camp has welcomed all who could benefit, regardless of their ability to pay.  Pine Tree Camp receives no state or federal funding.

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