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Choose Your Adventure!
All of our programs offer fun and adventure, but choosing the best program is as individual as each participant. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
Youth Adventures, for teens age 12-14, offer a variety of outdoor activities but keep hiking distances and pack weights appropriate for younger participants. You'll spend the first day or two going on short day hikes before venturing on a backpacking trip, rock climbing adventure, or canoeing expedition.
Single-Sport Adventures focus on a single skill and offer total immersion into the wilderness experience, while giving you the chance to improve your skills in a specific activity. Ranging from 5-7 days in duration, these trips are for youth ages 13-16.
Multi-Sport Adventures offer a taste of several skills and experiences while maintaining a sense of a longer expedition. Ranging from 5 to 14 days in length, these Adventures combine activities like hiking, backpacking, canoeing, rock climbing, and whitewater. If you're new to the fun of outdoor pursuits or think a more relaxed pace is for you, try our 2 Intro Adventures that sample hiking, canoeing, and rock climbing at an introductory level.
Ultimate Adventures are unique because they teach more advanced skills and involve more challenges than our standard programs. These programs range in length from 5 to 20 days and are for youth ages 15-18.
AMC's professional instructors are dedicated, energetic, and talented leaders experienced in working with youth. All of our instructors are certified in wilderness medicine and trained in water safety, and have strong backcountry skills. They come from a wide variety of backgrounds and life experiences and are committed to providing youth with a fun and educational excursion in the outdoors while maximizing the safety of all participants.
Backpacking remains one of the most popular outdoor activities in New England, and we explore some of the most striking mountainous terrain in the East. We camp at AMC or U.S. Forest Service shelter sites, designated tenting areas, or at our own low-impact sites and learn Leave No Trace techniques to protect these wild and beautiful areas. Most trips average four to eight miles per day, and we carry all the camping gear and food we'll need. Our trips in New Hampshire and western Maine explore the 770,000-acre White Mountain National Forest. With several Wilderness Areas and world-famous mountain ranges, the forest offers some of New England's premier hiking. Some of the places we explore include the Southern Presidentials, the Franconia Notch area, the Carter and Mahoosuc Ranges, and the Pemigewasset Wilderness area.
Look for bald eagles in their nests and enjoy the calls of the loons as you canoe through the scenic Rangeley Lakes and river systems of Maine and New Hampshire. We will review basic canoe strokes and techniques, group safety issues, water navigation skills, and open-water rescue skills. Daily paddles over flatwater, perhaps with a swim in between, will lead us to our evening camp where we enjoy delicious meals and watch the sunset. Depending on our route, some portaging may be required.
Learn to make your way confidently up famous rock faces. Using provided equipment at established climbing sites, we will learn standard rock-climbing techniques, how to belay, rope-handling skills, and rock-site safety practices. Most Rock-climbing sections last three days and, conditions permitting, culminate in a multi-pitch climb on the last day. In case of inclement weather, we will continue the fun in an indoor climbing gym. All technical and rock-climbing equipment will be supplied.
During this thrilling session, you will navigate the rapids of rivers such as the Androscoggin and Magalloway. Using provided equipment we will learn kayaking techniques, how to read the river, and how to use the currents to your advantage. Programs will start on flatwater, then move onto quickwater, and finally onto Class I, II, and possibly III whitewater. Instruction will be provided by Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center (ACA accredited) along with AMC instructors. We will stay at a campground and paddle during the day.
Explore some of the best mountain-bike terrain in New Hampshire. You'll start on Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center's private bike trails to hone your skills on dirt roads, single track, and double track before venturing to other acclaimed areas for longer rides. Learn to shift like a pro, cross streams and logs, make field repairs, climb and descend with confidence, and be comfortable with varying terrain. Guides from Great Glen will join your AMC instructors to lead your rides. At the end of the day, retire to a campground for dinner and a swim. Mountain biking sections are designed for beginner to intermediate bikers to ensure that everyone is comfortable riding together. We recommend bringing your own bike if you have one, but pre-serviced bikes are available and included in the cost of the program.
White Water Rafting
Taught by trained professionals, our primitive skills course will help you better understand and responsibly utilize the wilderness environment surrounding you. We'll learn how to track animals, build a fire using a bow drill, identify wild edibles and tune into bird song. Learning to reading the landscape is fun and challenging and you'll never look at the woods quite the same way again.
Spend a memorable day or two rafting the rapids of the pristine rivers winding through the scenic boarder region of Western Maine and Northern New Hampshire. Professional guides from the Enriched Learning Center, Berlin, NH lead these exiting adventures on Class II, III or IV rapids. In this region, rich with woods lore and history, you'll negotiate the same rapids and waves that were once used by northern loggers to start their timber supply down northern headwaters toward market. The Androscoggin, Magalloway and Rapid Rivers offer plenty of excitement as the group works together to paddle their raft as well as provide great riverside lunch spots and the chance to encounter wildlife such as moose, osprey, and eagles.