Overview

We offer exciting, rewarding outdoor adventure education for youth ages 12-18 ranging in length from 5-20 days. Teen Wilderness Adventures combine one or more outdoor activities--like hiking, rock climbing, backpacking, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, --with spectacular destinations.

Develop advocacy skills and learn how to effectively raise your voice for our public lands and conservation! This leadership program is an exciting new partnership between AMC and The Wilderness Society, combining outdoor adventures with advocacy training. The trip includes six days of backpacking in the Pemigewasset Wilderness (summit up to twelve 4000-footers!), a two-day workshop at AMC's Highland Center, three days of canoeing on Squam Lake, and a final day of advocacy back in Boston.

Interested teens are asked to complete a brief application. Visit our website, click on the "Register Now" button above to download the application.

NEW ADVOCACY FOCUS

Understand the role that you can play in prompting social change, through case studies, collaboration, and advocacy tips from guest speakers. Learn about the history of our public lands. Develop the skills to craft and share personal stories, as a means to communicate and advocate for public lands. Learn about career paths in the fields of land management, conservation, and outdoor education. Meet with Congressional staffers to hear firsthand about important issues. Leave with an understanding about how you can stay involved and connected, with follow-up and support from your instructors over the year.

Day 1: Meet fellow participants and instructors at AMC's Boston office for an orientation and gear pick up. You will be transferred to a campground in the White Mountains and learn how to set up camp.

Day 2-7: Backpacking in the Pemigewasset Wilderness. Hike through some of the most incredible scenery in New England, summit beautiful 4,000-footers, and camp at night in both established and wilderness campsites. Days will consist of 5-10 miles of hiking while carrying all food and gear and cooking meals as a group. We will spend time on outdoor skills, leadership development, and learning about our public lands.

Day 8-9: Advocacy and Policy Workshop. Spend two days at AMC's Highland Center where you will attend presentations from guest speakers about conservation advocacy and collaborate on policy projects.

Day 10-12: Transfer to Lakes Region for three days of canoeing on the beautiful Squam Lake. Here you will learn how to paddle and canoe back to a different campsite each night. After three days on the lake, return to the Boston area to camp at AMC's Ponkapoag campsite.

Day 13: Spend the day in Boston for meetings with policy leaders and action planning. End the evening with a campfire celebration at Ponkapoag Pond. Day 14: On the final day, we'll break down the camp, debrief the trip, and return the provided gear. We will then return to AMC Headquarters for a lunch with participants and their families.

Cost and Session Information

Starting at: Youth: $2,779 member / $3,057 non-member **Prices include instruction, transportation during the course, all meals from lunch the first day through lunch the last day, group equipment (tents, stoves, pots/pans, etc.), gear (sleeping bag, rain gear, backpack, boots, etc.), and all camping fees during the program. Financial aid is available

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