Outdoor Citizen Skills Expedition (14-days)

Date and Time

Sunday, July 14, 2019 9:00AM - Saturday, July 27, 2019 12:00PM


Boston, White Mountains, Squam Lake.,
New Hampshire, White Mountains,


Registration is required for this activity.


Develop advocacy skills and learn how to effectively raise your voice for our public lands and conservation! This teen wilderness leadership program is an exciting 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 ten 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 (ages 16-18) are asked to complete a brief application. Click on the "Register Now" button above to fill out the application. 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 policy leaders to hear firsthand about important issues. Leave with an understanding about how you can stay involved and connected. Day 1: Meet fellow participants and instructors at AMC's Boston office for an orientation and gear pick up. Drive 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: Drive to Lakes Region for three days of canoeing on the beautiful Squam Lake. 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.

AMC Trip Policy


Starting at:

Youth: $2,900 member / $3,180 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.), two nights at the Highland Center, and all camping fees during the program. Financial aid is available.

Past participants say...

"This trip gave me an opportunity to deepen my connection with the natural world and become passionate about protecting it for future generations." - Grace, 2018 participant "Nothing brings people together like the wilderness, and there is no better place to learn about the benefits of public lands than on the lands themselves." -Dalton, 2018 participant

Related Link(s):

Trip Application Form
Scholarship Application Form

Click map for driving directions
Participants advocate for the Land and Water Conservation Fund at Cathedral Ledge, NH.


Paddling - Canoeing

Offered By

AMC Staff



Nearby AMC Destinations

Highland Center at Crawford Notch
AMC Boston Office