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Escape to the tranquility and solitude of the Vermont woods. Our Rustic Yurt is available for short- and long-term rental. Only $50 per night, double-occupancy.


A young girl exploring the woods on snowshoes.

Welcome to a Lifetime of Adventure

A toddler learning to ski at the tunbridge winter carnival

Bold Paths specializes in customizing and personalizing trips to meet the needs of the participants (TLC). We are a small company with American Canoe Association (ACA) certified Essentials Kayak Instructors dedicated to taking very special trips with very special people. Are you meant to travel with us? We have years of experience taking people on the water and running camps for children. Now we are putting this happy experience to a new use in our family travel, womens travel and kayaking adventures. Our trips are small, intimate, and personal. This year we are offering a few very special opportunities.

NEW February & April School Vacation Camp

Based at our home campsite in S. Strafford, VT, this camp focuses on outdoor skills, including firebuilding, campfire cooking, cross country skiing (gear provided), exploration, snow forts (if we get enough snow!), and natural arts. We do come indoors during this camp, but spend a good amount of time outdoors if the weather is fair. Middle and High School Counselors-in-Training are welcome to apply. Want to learn more?

REGISTRATION: Please download and complete our registration form and mail it to:
Touching the Earth and Arts
attn: Bonna Wieler
107 Miller Pond Rd
Thetford Center, VT 05075

Outdoor Adventure After School Program - Mondays

Outdoor skills education and natural arts program at the Open Fields School in Thetford, VT. To learn more, please call 802-333-3549 or email us. To register, visit the Town of Thetford Department of Recreation's web site. We have some great activities planned for September. Check out our flyer.


We offer paddling half-day, full-day, and overnight trips on the Connecticut for up to 12 people that may be scheduled at your convenience. We provide all the necessary equipment and a certified guide/instructor. We particularly welcome groups of boy scouts and girl scouts, and other organizations for young people. We can arrange luxury trips based at a beautiful bed and breakfast, or inexpensive trips based at local camps. Our boats accommodate a variety of experience levels and body types. Our trips feature:

The kayaks are stored at Treasure Island on Lake Fairlee from July 7 through August 10, and may be rented after 4:30 p.m. Guided tours and instruction are available. Rates: $40/person for two hours of kayak paddling instruction with all equipment.

There are wonderful wetlands to explore, long stretches to paddle on the 1 1/2-mile long lake, and an inlet to go up on the far south end.

Summer Camps

Kids in Kayaks on Lake Fairlee

The cornerstone of our kid-friendly offerings is our Touching Earth and Arts Camp that teaches children technical outdoor skills, leadership, and environmental ethics along with a deep appreciation of and connection with the world we inhabit. Visit our Camp page to learn more.

Touching the Earth and Arts Camp 2014

Session One: June 23-27. Ages 9-14. Ages 7-14. Based at our home campsite in S. Strafford, VT, this camp focuses on fiber arts and other natural arts, outdoor exploration, and gentle waters kayaking adventures with instruction. Kids may participate in one overnight primitive camping/kayaking trip on the Connecticut River. Gear provided. Transportation arranged from the Hanover area to camp in S. Strafford.
Session Two: August 18-23. Ages 13-19. Five-day camping trip at Acadia National Park in Maine. Enjoy hiking, kayaking, a sunrise on Cadillac Mountain, adventure and explorations.

camp registration form

Just for Kids

We also offer a tour just for kids during winter break travelling to Crystal River, Florida's Nature Coast, to visit the manatees. The trip features snorkling with the mantees, kayaking, fishing, swimming, hiking, and more. Parents can come, too, if they wish. Watch for details.

Other Tours

Our tours are designed to meet your needs and wishes. We like to serve you in a personal manner, so that you can get the most from your time on your trip. 
We offer tailor-made trips for women, families with or without children, children with or without parents, and businesses seeking corporate, team-building experiences. We also feature trip for you and your canine companion. Some of the trips we offer are: