Sunday, June 25, 2017 - Friday, June 30, 2017
Kellogg Conservation Center,
This program is ideal for teens, ages 15-17, to live and work in the backcountry while engaging in a worthwhile and much appreciated service project. You can expect to have a great time in the woods, while learning and practicing trail work and backpacking skills. If you are new to camping and hiking, or new to volunteer trail work, we highly recommend this as an exciting way to learn all of these great new skills. The volunteer work may involve brushing the trail corridor, installing drainage to limit erosion problems, quarrying and placing rock steps, building bog bridges, or a variety of other projects. The work will be strenuous and demanding but fully satisfying! We are outdoors rain or shine. On Monday, your crew will pack all food supplies, tools, camping equipment, and personal belongings into the woods with two Crew Leaders for a five-day, four-night excursion into the backcountry. All participants assist with setting up camp and meal preparation in the backcountry. The group hikes to a pre-scouted primitive, campsite and works together to set up tents, tarps, retrieve water, and hang food bags in the trees away from critters. Participants learn to cook quality meals in the woods using leave no trace practices which minimize the group's impact on the environment. Most evenings after dinner and cleanup, the crew plays games, tells stories, and discusses conservation and environmental ethics. There are also plenty of opportunities between trail work and camp chores, to swim, see the views, learn knot tying, share laughs and much more. This Volunteer Crew begins on Sunday evening with dinner and an orientation at The Kellogg Conservation Center (KCC) in South Egremont, MA (5 miles from Great Barrington, MA).
This program begins at the Kellogg Conservation Center in the Berkshires-South Egremont, MA, where the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the Appalachian Mountain Club have regional offices.