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Bangor Y Thanks Area Businesses for New Zip Line at Camp G. Peirce Webber

Thanks to local business partners, the Bangor YMCA now has a new zip line at Camp G. Peirce Webber,
the Y’s day camp facility in Hampden. Bangor Hydro donated and installed two 55 foot cedar poles with
anchors and NH Bragg provided 500 feet of airline grade cable at cost. The finished product is a zip
line that stands 45 feet high and reaches 365 feet in length, utilizing a gravity brake system to ensure
safe landings. 

To ride the zip line, campers first ascend to a platform on one of the poles, then ride in a harness
connected to a pulley suspended on the cable. While it certainly promises fun for campers, the zip line
is not a carnival ride, but a personal challenge for campers in experiential learning, overcoming
challenges and fears, trusting others and improving self-confidence.

The new zip line equipment was installed and inspected by Project Adventure, a pioneer and leader in
adventure-based experiential programming, which uses physical exercises to build character, promote
team work, and encourage responsibility. Based in Beverly, Mass., Project Adventure has been
providing the tools for schools, agencies and corporations to implement effective experience-based
learning programs and effect positive change since 1971.

“It’s inspiring to watch campers conquering their fears as they climb to the platform, being cheered on
and supported by their fellow campers, then beaming with pride as they complete the zip line run,”
says Mike Seile, CEO of the Bangor Y. “Through their generosity, Bangor Hydro and NH Bragg have
enabled our Y to help area youth to build self-confidence and self-esteem, to trust in themselves and
each other, and to embrace challenges. The new zip line is extremely popular with our campers, and
we are very grateful to these local businesses that have made this new adventure-based learning
opportunity possible.”

The new zip line runs right through the center of camp and is visible from all program areas. This new
activity is just the latest in a long tradition of summer camp programming at Camp G. Peirce Webber
that has roots reaching back to 1944 when Camp Prentiss, the first Bangor YMCA day camp, was
established in Prentiss Woods. In 1952, Camp Prentiss moved to its present location on the banks of
the Souadabscook Stream in Hampden, and the camp was renamed Camp G. Peirce Webber in 2001.
The new zip line is a valuable addition to the more traditional experiential learning opportunities like
swimming, hiking, archery, fishing, ropes course, and sports that hundreds of campers continue to
enjoy at Camp Webber each year.