Sunday, June 18, 2017 - Friday, June 30, 2017
New Hampshire, White Mountains,
This popular two-week program is designed for teens, ages 16-18, who are looking for a longer and more diverse program and a chance to learn the Leave No Trace principles.. The week begins on Sunday evening with dinner and an orientation at AMC's Camp Dodge. On Monday, your crew will pack all food supplies, tools, camping equipment, and personal belongings into the woods with the Crew Leaders for a 5-day, 4-night excursion into the backcountry. Clothes and other items needed only for the second week can be left at Camp Dodge during the first week. The work may involve brushing the trail corridor, installing drainage to limit erosion problems in the mountains, quarrying and placing rock steps, building bog bridges, or a variety of other projects. Please remember that the work will be strenuous and demanding, and we will be out rain or shine. Our packs usually weigh 40 to 60 pounds. On Friday, the crew returns to Camp Dodge for the traditional barbecue. On the weekend the crew will embark on an overnight backpacking trip, partaking in a 16-hour Leave No Trace trainer course. Teens will learn about living simply and reducing their environmental impact in the back country. www.lnt.org For the second week, the crew will head out to most likely a different location and project in the White Mountain National Forest. Participants may leave Friday evening or Saturday morning - Friday night stay and Saturday morning breakfast is included in the program cost. These crews are not all work; there are plenty of opportunities to swim, see the views, eat great food, and more. Spike camps are located off trail, relatively close to the project site. However, some 2-Week Spike Crews base out of a backcountry shelter or tent site. All participants assist with meal preparation in the backcountry. 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 two weeks. 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.
"The bonding and social togetherness is fun. So you could say that self-confidence was a big development." Noah, Two-Week Spike Crew "I became more confident about my ability to do very difficult trail work and hike long distances with a heavy pack!" Teen Spike Crew "I like the team work the most. We all worked together to accomplish our projects." Matt, Teen Spike Crew