What is Rippleffect?

Rippleffect is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Portland, Maine. Rippleffect’s mission is to promote youth development and leadership through adventure, healthy communities and living sustainably. 

Since being established in 1999, Rippleffect’s primary purpose has been to provide low barrier access to life changing outdoor wilderness experiences for Maine youth—no matter of their financial need or level experience.  Rippleffect programs give students hands on education in living classrooms that are fundamental to the healthy development of citizens, communities and stewards of our planet.  Our students build confidence, develop critical leadership skills, strengthen relationships and grow their appreciativeness for the outdoors through the exploration of our 26-acre eco-campus on Cow Island, the waters of Casco Bay, and the wilderness of New England.

While best known for our day and overnight summer camp programming on Cow Island for children ages 8-18, Rippleffect programs also include leadership summits for teens, environmental leadership intensives, adult programs, school partnership expeditions, and partnerships with youth-based nonprofits all across Maine.  These initiatives have helped Rippleffect work with over 3,500 youth annually as we have become an integral partner with our community in the holistic development of Maine young people.  

  • In 2017, Rippleffect provided over $35,000 in scholarship support and were able to provide every family/child with the resources they needed to be part of our programming
Rippleffect programs may include the following activities/content:

  • Kayaking
  • High & Low Ropes Course
  • Zip Line
  • Climbing Wall
  • 4-Seasons of outdoor wilderness skills
  • Hiking
  • Winter Travel
  • Camping
  • Leave No Trace principles
  • Environmental Art
  • Team-Building Initiatives & challenges
  • Environmental Education
  • Leadership skill development
  • Backpacking
  • Clothing systems
  • Navigation (map, compass, & chart)
  • Outdoor cooking