Participants 14-16 years of age will spend one week near AMC's Cardigan Lodge engaging in day trips to projects and then returning each night to their base camp. This program is ideal for beginners who are interested in hiking and trail work, but have limited prior experience in both.
The program begins on Sunday afternoon at 4pm with dinner at 6 pm and an orientation. Each weekday morning after breakfast, the crew will hike to a nearby trail to work on trail reconstruction and maintenance projects. The projects may involve clearing brush to better define the trail, cleaning drainage to help with erosion problems, installing water bars and bog bridges, repairing ski trails, redefining protected land boundaries, working on shelters, painting blazes, and other crucial conservation tasks. Please remember that while we work within the abilities and comfort of the group, the nature of hiking and the work is strenuous and demanding, and we will be out rain or shine.
The crew will finish on Friday in time to clean up before leaving Friday afternoon at 2:00pm.
Cardigan Lodge Camp Sites, where you will stay, has beautiful views of Mt. Cardigan. Facilities include tent platforms in a private crew campsite, a fire ring and picnic table, as well as a field for games, and nearby swimming holes. You will be lodging here throughout your program.
Each morning the crew gets up and helps prepare breakfast. After breakfast, the crew takes what they need for the day, including water, rain gear, lunch, tools and safety gear, and heads to the project site. All participants assist with meal preparation. Participants will learn to cook quality meals in the woods, and there will be plenty of it. The crew builds quite an appetite over the course of the week. After dinner and cleanup, the crew plays games, tells stories, and discusses conservation and environmental ethics - but most of all they just kick back and enjoy the evening. We supply all tents and group cooking equipment for the crew.