2014 4-Week White Mountains Leadership & Conservation Crews - White Mountains, NH
Participants arrive between 4 and 6 p.m. Sunday afternoon at our Camp Dodge Volunteer Center facility where they will spend the night and begin their four-week program. In the next few weeks, participants will complete a variety of trail maintenance projects and trainings in backcountry living and ethics. Please remember that the trail crew work will be strenuous and demanding, and that we will be out rain or shine. During the week, for each of the three of the four weeks, the group will be packing out all food supplies, tools, camping equipment, and personal belongings into the woods with their crew leaders, learning new skills while working on trails at remote sites. Be sure to leave plenty of room in your pack for these additional items.New in 2014, the crew will spend one week at Camp Dodge learning more advanced trail skills and engaging in new opportunities.Clothes and other items needed only for the weekends or other weeks can be left at Camp Dodge while they are out in the field. They will be in a common area in the bunkhouse, but valuables can be locked up.
During the weekends with the program, you will take a SOLO Wilderness First Aid course and a Leave No Trace trainer course. On the third weekend, the group will learn about conservation and sustainability, as well as help with our large garden at Camp Dodge and learn about agriculture and resource management.
As the weeks progress, the volunteers will gain more responsibility for the group and each will be offered a leadership role in running the crew during their last week.
After each week on the trails, the crew will return to Camp Dodge for the Friday night barbecue. When the crew packs out on their fourth Friday of the program, they will have the opportunity to join the Trails Staff in our Friday Program Meeting to discuss, as leaders, their project work. Participants may leave Friday evening or Saturday morning – Friday night stay and Saturday morning breakfast are included in the program cost.
This crew is open to teens who have participated in an AMC Trail Crew or similar crew in the past. If you are interested in this crew but have no prior experience, consider signing up for a 1-2 week spike crew to gain that experience.
What the Volunteers Say
"This program definitely met my expectations. The physical challenge of being in the woods and working hard on the trails is always balanced nicely with the amazing times we have hanging out on the weekends and at night after work. As always, I love the people I meet here, and I love that the leaders actually let us have responsibility and treat us like equals." Leah (2013 Leadership & Conservation Crew Volunteer)
"Excellent food, understanding, and friendly Crew Leaders. And the best: meeting teenagers like me who are interested in forest work and trail maintenance. Learning about LNT (Leave No Trace) was great because it was both a way to preserve the trails and mountains, and a way to lessen my personal impact on the environment. These past 4 weeks have been the best weeks I have ever spent in the outdoors." Ben (2013 Leadership & Conservation Crew Volunteer)
"To anyone who wants to learn about themselves, how to positively interact with others and of course the woods, trail work is where it's at. It takes mental and physical strength, flexibility and grace, a combination of things that most volunteer and job positions can't boast." Hannah (2013 Leadership & Conservation Crew Volunteer)
Photos: Nick Scott, Alex DeLucia