WHAT PARENTS ARE SAYING
Steph & Teo
MOK has been a gift. An opportunity for our kids to spend time in nature and explore and navigate relationships with other kids. When our kids come home at the end of the day they are happier, inspired and filled with stories to share. Through this pandemic and since our kids have been little, Effie has been a positive, responsible, loving and influential young woman who has shared her passion and knowledge of the outdoors with our family. From overnight camping trips to paddling adventures we have always felt our kids have been challenged and safe. Two thumbs way up for MOK!!!!
Tamothy & Danny
Maine Outdoors Kids has been one of the best choices we have made for our son. Not only has he been outside playing and having fun, but he is learning as well. He often comes home talking about team building activities, and what he learned about the wilderness that day. The children also have a reading assignment which they discuss and there is some form of reflection or meditation at the end of the day. Best of all, our son is growing as a person and also testing his own limits. He was afraid of ice skating before MOK, and now skates (joyfully!) whenever he gets the chance. Effie and Becca are invested in the children and carry a bit of magic every child should experience.
Victoria & Alberto
Our kids love MOK. We love the adventures, the skillbuilding, the reading & discussions, the exploration of feelings and their place in the world. They are becoming evolved humans and stewards of the planet.
Ted & Lindsay
MOK is truly special. Effie and Becca are skilled outdoor educators that offer a robust and exciting curriculum to its young participants. I think the best testament to the power of this program is our son's increase in self-confidence. Being one of the younger members of the group, we saw how Effie and Becca brilliantly balanced integration and separation when age was a factor, which helped our son both see his strengths as an individual and a group member. It was obvious that Effie and Becca not only cultivated strong connections with the children, but among them as well. Our son especially loved the book club choices which were unique picks related to outdoor adventure and self-discovery that aren't typically seen in a regular academic curriculum. He always came home exhausted and happy and asking "when is the next MOK"?
Aaron & Katherine
Maine Outdoor Kids has been the highlight of our son’s school year. Effie is an absolute wonder, and she has created a program which aligns kids’ natural love and curiosity of nature and the outdoors, while bringing a holistic and mindful framework to each and every adventure. We have wanted our kids to learn from, and respect the outdoors the way we did when we were growing up, and we have worried that in this technologically obsessed day and age, that our kids might miss out. Effie and Becca and Isaac are proving that we needn’t worry - their future is in great hands.
WHAT KIDS ARE SAYING
My favorite thing to do is just run around because my brain was working so hard in school and I like to get my brain set so it won't have to learn or anything.
My favorite thing about Maine Outdoor Kids is that you finally get to move around and do whatever you want and run around after sitting at your desk all day. And play with friends!
What I like about Maine Outdoor Kids is being in nature and feeling the fresh air, especially after I've been in the house for a while being sick. I'm finally out and about, feeling nice and fresh and clean.
Effie makes all the fun and she brings all the stuff. It's really fun with Effie.
My favorite thing about Maine Outdoor Kids is playing with friends.
I really like the games here and how we get to have fun and be outside after being inside at school.
MOK has given me the opportunity to have fun with other kids outside, to learn something new about surviving in the wilderness, to explore places in Maine, to learn how to interact with other kids and work together. I love how Effie was my babysitter when I was young and how she has transformed her skills to create Maine Outdoor Kids.
MOK is great! I enjoy being outside and making new friends.
I like how much fun I have at MOK. I’m excited for this summer. I make friends everyday.