Teen Wilderness Adventures

Teen Wilderness Adventures

Develop a love and understanding of the outdoors through these fun adventures for teens, ages 13 to 17.

AMC offers exciting and rewarding outdoor trips designed for ages 13 to 17 focusing on backcountry travel, leadership skills, advocacy, and conservation—all in spectacular destinations. As members of their expedition group, participants have the opportunity to grow an appreciation for the environment, develop self-esteem, share their spirit for adventure, and experience teamwork, friendship, and a sense of community through memorable wilderness experiences. Our outdoor adventures range in length from 5 to 12 days and incorporate backpacking and canoeing.

  • Who are your trip leaders and instructors?

    AMC’s professional instructors are dedicated, energetic, and talented leaders experienced in working with youth. All of our educators are certified in wilderness medicine, 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.

  • How many participants are on each trip?

    Group size on our programs ranges from 6 to 8 participants, and each of our trips has at least two educators at all times.

  • When and where do my trips start and end?

    All trips start at the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Trips begin at 9 a.m. on the first day and pickup is at 3 p.m. on the last day of the trip.

  • Who signs up for these adventures?

    Teens who love being outside, challenging themselves in new ways, meeting new friends, and learning interesting things about the places they visit.

  • Should I sign up with a friend?

    Most of our participants come without a friend and look forward to making new ones, which happens quickly on our trips. Still, we don’t prohibit friends from signing up. Either way, we strive to create a community of people on each trip where there are no “cliques” and exclusions. If you and a friend do come, we will expect you both to integrate with the entire group and partake in the fun of getting to know new people.

  • Are scholarships available?

    Yes! If financial constraints are prohibiting you from signing up for a Teen Wilderness Adventure, please call the Education Programs Manager at 603-466-8058, or email amcteenwildernessadv@outdoors.org for more information on how to apply for scholarship assistance.

  • What if I’ve never done any of these activities before?

    No prior experience is necessary to participate in a Teen Wilderness Adventure. In fact, we have designed some adventures as introductory experiences. We’ll teach you all the skills you need to succeed and enjoy your time in the outdoors. You do not have to be athletic to enjoy any of the activities, but you will have a more comfortable experience if you pursue a simple routine of regular exercise beginning a few months before your trip.

  • If I’ve taken a Teen Wilderness Adventure before, can I do it again?

    Of course! We’d love to have you back. Many of our participants return, often come back for a longer trip, a new activity, or to advance their skills. Even if you return for the same trip, it will be a completely new experience with new friends and educators.

  • What will I eat?

    We provide fresh food and you will be offered three full meals each day including plenty of snacks. Favorite meals include various pastas, burritos, stir-fry, bagels and cream cheese or peanut butter and jelly, dry and hot cereal, cookies, granola, fruit, and hot chocolate for chilly evenings and mornings. We easily accommodate most dietary restrictions; let us know in advance so we can plan accordingly. All the participants help prepare and clean up after meals

  • What do I need to bring?

    When you register for a trip, you will receive the entire information packet, which includes a packing list of personal gear to bring on the trip. This includes things like a few changes of clothes, boots and shoes, toiletries, flashlight, hat, sunglasses, water bottles, or other similar items. We provide tents, stoves, cooking equipment, all food, and all equipment for canoeing trips. We are also able to provide backpacks, rain gear, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, hiking boots, and other essential items, which can be borrowed free of charge at the beginning of your program.

  • How safe will I be?

    Safety is a high priority in all aspects of our programs. Our leaders all have Wilderness First Aid training and are selected for their good judgment, among other qualities. Any outdoor activity has inherent risk. We do our best to minimize the potential dangers and maximize the safety precautions with everything we do. One way we do this is by keeping our group sizes small, with between 6 to 8 youth per group, and by providing two AMC instructors for attention and supervision.

  • How do the multi-element programs work?

    If you choose an adventure that includes both backpacking and canoeing, you will have your extra bag brought to you in the field. That means you can pack clothing and equipment for canoeing and do not have to bring it along backpacking.

  • What is expected of participants on the trip?

    Participants are expected to keep a positive attitude, respect the educators and other group members, take responsibility for their personal belongings and group equipment, be supportive and inclusive of fellow participants, try new activities and foods, make good decisions about personal safety, and follow the Teen Wilderness Adventures policies. Participants are also expected to help with daily camp chores like cooking meals, pitching tents, getting water, and storing equipment and food away at the end of each day. On the first day of the trip, instructors cover the expectations of participants and participants also have a chance to share what they expect to get out of their trip.

  • Is there a service component to your trips?

    Our 7 and 12 day courses include either a half or full day of trail work. During this time teens will have the opportunity to learn from Professional Trails Staff and participate in important trail work happening in the White Mountains.

  • What is the cancellation policy?

    Full refund for reservations cancelled more than 30 days prior to arrival date. Full refund less 30% for reservations cancelled 14 – 30 days prior to arrival date. No refund for cancellations made fewer than 14 days prior to arrival date. In the event AMC must cancel a Teen Wilderness Adventure, registrants will be notified, and all program fees will be refunded. A program may be cancelled up until 10 days prior to the start date due to low enrollment.