Sunday, August 12, 2018 - Friday, August 17, 2018
New Hampshire, White Mountains,
This program is ideal for teens, ages 15-17, to live and work in a Federal Wilderness Area in the White Mountain National Forest. You can expect to have a great time in the woods, while learning and practicing trail work and backcountry skills. The week will begin on Sunday evening with dinner and an orientation at AMC 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 five-day, four-night excursion into the backcountry. Our packs usually weigh 40 to 60 pounds for the hike in and out. Wilderness Spike Teen Crews will be working in one of the several federally designated Wilderness Areas in the White Mountains. The difference between the general White Mountain Spike Teen Crews and the Wilderness Spike Teen Crews is location, total crew size, and type of project. Due to the location in federally designated Wilderness, we limit the Wilderness Crews to a maximum of seven volunteers. The work may involve campsite restoration, clearing brush, cleaning drainage, installing water bars and bridges, and other tasks. Please remember that the work will be strenuous and demanding, and that we will be out rain or shine. The crew will return on Friday to Camp Dodge in time to clean up and join the Friday night barbeque at 6 pm. 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 enjoy the mountains, see the views, eat great food, and more. After leaving the project site each day, the crew heads back to camp. Spike camps are located off trail, relatively close to the project site, although some Spike Crews base out of a backcountry shelter or tent site. Each morning the crew gets up, helps prepare breakfast, and Support Staff at Camp Dodge contact the crew on their radio for check-ins. 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. The hike could be a few tenths of a mile from camp to a mile and a half from camp. 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. We supply all tents and group cooking equipment for the crew.