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AMC Teen Wilderness Adventures is a unique summer outdoor program in New Hampshire, New York, Massachusetts and Maine.  Teen Wilderness Adventures let you discover more of the great outdoors in the company of exceptional leaders and new friends. We have teen summer camps designed for young people with previous experience as well as those new to outdoor experiences.

Teen Wilderness Adventures videoNew for 2014! This year we're offering Appalachian Trail Backpacks in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York; Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Rock Climbing the Gunks, and Ultralight Backpacking the Devil's Path! We are adding trips for older teens including Wilderness First Aid and Advanced Whitewater Kayaking! Finally, youth adventures will enjoy the comforts of Lonesome Lake Hut during the new Basecamp Adventure!

We offer exciting, rewarding outdoor adventure education for youth ages 12-18 ranging in length from 3-20 days. Teen Wilderness Adventures combine one or more outdoor activities--like hiking, rock climbing, backpacking, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, and mountain biking--with spectacular destinations. Group size on our programs ranges from 6 to 10, and each of our trips has at least two instructors at all times.

Teen Wilderness Adventures participants learn valuable wilderness skills and develop essential life skills. This unique combination fosters an appreciation for the environment, develops self-esteem, instills a spirit of adventure, and promotes teamwork, friendship, and a sense of community through memorable wilderness experiences.

Further reading: "Rapid Growth: Young people expand their horizons in AMC's Teen Wilderness Adventures" (AMC Outdoors)

Meet Colby Meehan
Colby MeehanColby’s first experience with the AMC was as a participant in A Mountain Classroom as a sixth grader on Mount Desert Island, Maine. 17 years later, upon returning to the east coast she began work for the AMC as the program coordinator for Teen Wilderness Adventures. In addition to a Master’s Degree in Education from Northern Arizona University, Colby holds a bachelor of arts in Adventure Education and Wilderness Leadership from Prescott College. Additional credentials include hundreds of field days facilitating groups of adults, youth, and families in the outdoors, a Wilderness First Responder medical certification, state teaching licensure with endorsements in English as a second language, and sailing and white water guide certifications. When not at work she can be found exploring Franconia Notch with her husband, Ted, and two Icelandic sheepdogs, Valur and Breki.

 

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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.

Our Staff
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
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.

Canoeing
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.

Rock Climbing
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.

Whitewater Kayaking
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.

Mountain Biking
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.

Primitive Skills
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.

White Water Rafting
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.
 
 
Teen Wilderness Adventures Schedule
Date Event Fees
(Mem/Non-mem)
Jun 29-
Jul 12, 2014
Teen Wilderness Adventures - 14-Day Appalachian Trail Backpack: Connecticut & Massachusetts Youth: $2,402/$2,642
Jun 29-
Jul 3, 2014
Teen Wilderness Adventures - 5-Day Backcountry Wilderness Intro Adventures Youth: $874/$961
Jun 29-
Jul 5, 2014
Teen Wilderness Adventures - 7-Day Backpack and Whitewater Kayak Adventure Youth: $1,507/$1,657
Jun 29-
Jul 5, 2014
Teen Wilderness Adventures - 7-Day Stand Up Paddle Boarding & Rock Climbing: The Gunks Youth: $1,800/$1,980
Jun 29-
Jul 5, 2014
Teen Wilderness Adventures - 7-Day White Mountain Backpack Experience Youth: $1,147/$1,261
Jun 29-
Jul 3, 2014
Teen Wilderness Adventures - Youth Adventures: 5-day Ultralight Appalachian Trail Backpack Youth: $874/$961
Jul 6-25, 2014 Teen Wilderness Adventures - 20-Day Leadership Training Backpack Youth: $3,385/$3,724
Jul 6-12, 2014 Teen Wilderness Adventures - 7-Day Backpack and Whitewater Kayak Adventure Youth: $1,507/$1,657
Jul 6-13, 2014 Teen Wilderness Adventures - 8-Day WFA & Advanced Whitewater Kayak Youth: $1,750/$1,925
Jul 6-11, 2014 Teen Wilderness Adventures - Youth Adventures: Five-in-One Intro Youth: $1,092/$1,144
Jul 7-11, 2014 Teen Wilderness Adventures - 5-Day Mountain Bike in the White Mountains Youth: $1,147/$1,261
Jul 7-12, 2014 Teen Wilderness Adventures - High Peaks Ultralight Backpack Youth: $1,048/$1,153
Jul 12-20, 2014 Teen Wilderness Adventures - 9-Day Backpack and Whitewater Kayak Youth: $1,890/$2,079
Jul 13-19, 2014 Teen Wilderness Adventures - 7-Day Stand Up Paddle Boarding & Rock Climbing: The Gunks Youth: $1,800/$1,980
Jul 13-18, 2014 Teen Wilderness Adventures - Youth Adventures: Five-in-One Intro Youth: $1,092/$1,201
Jul 14-18, 2014 Teen Wilderness Adventures - 5-Day Youth Adventure: Franconia Notch Exploration at Lonesome Lake Hut Youth: $1,181/$1,299
Jul 18-27, 2014 Teen Wilderness Adventures - 10-Day Pemigewasset Wilderness 4,000-footer Backpack Youth: $1,693/$1,862
Jul 20-26, 2014 Teen Wilderness Adventures - 7-Day AT Backpack: Massachusetts Youth: $1,147/$1,261
Jul 20-26, 2014 Teen Wilderness Adventures - 7-Day Primitive Skills Canoe Adventure Youth: $1,365/$1,502
Jul 20-27, 2014 Teen Wilderness Adventures - 8-Day Hike, Rock Climb, and Whitewater Kayak Youth: $2,162/$2,378
Jul 20-27, 2014 Teen Wilderness Adventures - Wilderness First Aid and Rescue Youth: $1,523/$1,675
Jul 23-27, 2014 Teen Wilderness Adventures - 5-Day Backcountry Wilderness Intro Adventures Youth: $874/$961
Jul 23-27, 2014 Teen Wilderness Adventures - 5-Day Zealand Waterfalls and Swimming Holes Intro Backpack Youth: $874/$961
Jul 25-27, 2014 Teen Wilderness Adventures - 3-Day Ultralight Backpack: The Devil's Path, Catskills Youth: $500/$550
Aug 2-13, 2014 Teen Wilderness Adventures - 12-Day Backpack and Canoe Adventure Youth: $2,075/$2,282
Aug 2-6, 2014 Teen Wilderness Adventures - 5-Day Zealand Waterfalls and Swimming Holes Intro Backpack Youth: $874/$961
Aug 3-16, 2014 Teen Wilderness Adventures - 14-Day Appalachian Trail Backpack: Mahoosuc and Carter Ranges, New Hampshire & Maine Youth: $2,402/$2,643
Aug 3-9, 2014 Teen Wilderness Adventures - 7-Day Whitewater Kayak and Rafting Adventure Youth: $1,529/$1,682
Aug 3-9, 2014 Teen Wilderness Adventures - Acadia Intro Adventure Youth: $1,911/$2,102
Aug 3-10, 2014 Teen Wilderness Adventures - Berkshires Adventures: Backpack, Rock Climb, and Raft Youth: $1,811/$1,992
Aug 4-15, 2014 Teen Wilderness Adventures - 12-Day Ultimate Multisport: Rock Climb, Backpack, and Whitewater Kayak Youth: $2,839/$3,123
Aug 10-23, 2014 Teen Wilderness Adventures - 14-Day Appalachian Trail Backpack: New York & New Jersey Youth: $2,402/$2,642
Aug 10-17, 2014 Teen Wilderness Adventures - 8-Day Rock Climb and Backpack Experience Youth: $1,747/$1,922
Aug 11-15, 2014 Teen Wilderness Adventures - 5-Day Mountain Bike in the White Mountains Youth: $1,147/$1,261
Aug 16-20, 2014 Teen Wilderness Adventures - Berkshires Exploration: Hike, Rock Climb, and Raft Youth: $928/$1,021
Aug 17-22, 2014 Teen Wilderness Adventures - 6-Day Pinkham Base Camp Intro Adventure Youth: $1,201/$1,321
Aug 17-22, 2014 Teen Wilderness Adventures - 6-Day White Mountain Backpack Experience Youth: $1,048/$1,153
Aug 17-23, 2014 Teen Wilderness Adventures - Youth Adventure, 7-Day Hike, Backpack, and Canoe Youth: $1,050/$1,155

"When I met with Stephen several weeks ago he said that the trip was 'life changing”. He talked about the friends he made, the adventures of kayaking, rock climbing and a water bottle with signatures and messages from everyone that had been on the trip. It was nice to watch him talk about the great time he had, with a smile on his face! Thank you so much for giving Stephen such a great summer experience, he will not forget it!" -Social Worker, The Department of Children and Families

"He had a fantastic time on the hike, he learned so much from them, and just couldn't say enough great things about how wonderful they were to be with (his instructors). When we met them on Sunday morning, we knew they'd be fantastic and that we had complete faith in them. As a sign of the terrific work they do, as Dean was getting into bed at 1:30 am he was talking about next year's trip..." - Jennifer and Ken, parents

"Just got Christopher home. He could not stop talking about his trip; the great group of guys in his group and all the cool stuff he learned. He was expecting the trip was going to be about how to put on band aids. He had no idea the amount of stuff he would learn in just one week. But the most amazing part was when he got home. Ryan (20-Day Leadership) and Christopher's embrace when they saw each other for the first time in four weeks was heart warming. And then came the comparing of experiences they both had. They have not stopped talking. Ryan is jealous that he did not get to do the search and rescue. Most impressive was the very chill tattooed guy they met from SOLO.

I am sure you are aware of the impact you have on so many teens and young adults. These trips are life changers. They both think they would like to do search and rescue some day. Great bonding experience for two very different brothers not even on the same trip. It made my day. Can't wait until Nicholas gets home from his trip at the end of next week. So glad we found AMC. My three boys have truly come out of the wild knowing more about who they are and the positive impact they may someday have on others. AMC has met my expectations once more." - Kathy, parent

"Otto has had such positive things to say about AMC that his guidance counselor, who was unfamiliar with your programs, was interested to know more and made some notes. I'm sure he will pass that info along to his students and hopefully you will be seeing more kids from Rhinebeck. I feel certain that you will be seeing more of Otto." - Alice, parent

"I wanted to drop you a line and let you know just how much Emma enjoyed her trip last week. All of our anticipated concerns proved to be non-issues. Emma was happy with the 'barefoot zone' and really learned a lot. Goldie and Lisa were great trip leaders -- they were able to help the kids deal effectively with the rain and taught Emma (and others) so much about hiking, the AT, dealing with adversity, and figuring out how you can make yourself feel happy by initially faking it. While we thought the lousy weather might have rained on the experience, Emma was certain that the rain made it even better. She said that while they were on the trail she sometimes thought she'd wished it wasn't raining, but "'ooking back, I wouldn't change anything." We were also concerned about group dynamics when we met the group because some of the kids already knew each other. When we left Emma she was nervous about it, but when we picked her up it was clear they had all gotten along well. So, thanks for putting up with our questions and for putting the group together. It was well worth it from our perspective. We appreciate everything you did and please send our thanks to Goldie, Lisa, and Althea." Susan, Parent
 

2014 Schedule

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