Annual Summit

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AMC’s 142ND Annual Summit

Saturday January 27th, 2018

AMC’s Annual Summit celebrates the people who make AMC’s mission real everyday- our dedicated volunteers! Whether you’re a lifelong member or a newcomer interested in discovering all AMC has to offer, Summit is for you!

The 142nd Annual Summit will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018.

Activities include:

  • Interactive workshops and presentations with AMC experts and outdoor pro
  • Committee business meetings
  • Delicious buffet lunch
  • The 142nd Annual Business Meeting
  • Announcement of AMC’s annual volunteer awards
  • Updates on AMC’s work in conservation, recreation, and education
  • Evening Celebration Reception, with drinks and hors d’oeuvres

Early Bird Special Pricing: Pay $35 when you register before January 1, 2018.

Regular Rate of $45 applies after January 1, 2018.

Attend any combination of sessions, trainings, and committee meetings you choose. Over lunch, John Judge, President & CEO, will highlight AMC’s 2017 accomplishments and share our plans for 2018. Later, at the 142nd Business Meeting, hear the club’s annual business reports, meet the board’s incoming and outgoing members, and help us applaud our volunteer award recipients. Finally, join your AMC community for a complimentary drink and hors d’oeuvres at our Celebration Reception.

Location: The Four Points by Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Norwood, Massachusetts.

Directions to the hotel can be found here.

Hotel Accommodations: For those interested in staying over Friday and/or Saturday night, AMC has arranged for special group rates at the Four Points by Sheraton. The rates include full buffet breakfast, wifi, a fitness room, and parking. The AMC group rates are:

  • Standard Queen (1 bed): $115* (single occupancy)
  • King or (2) Queens: $135* (single occupancy) or $145* (double occupancy)

*plus applicable taxes

To book your hotel reservation, please contact the hotel’s Reservation Manager at 781-769-7900 and mention the AMC Annual Summit to receive the discounted rate. (After January 3, the rate is subject to hotel availability and not guaranteed.)

Workshops and Presentations

Sign up in advance for workshops to learn new skills and develop your existing talents. With our biggest program lineup yet, we know you will find a session that inspires you!
Annual Summit 2018 Sessions and Trainings Organized by Topic Time
Conservation Action and Research
Fish Passage Work at the Maine Woods Initiative 1:45 p.m.
AMC’s Science and Advocacy on Climate, Clean Air and Energy 2:45 p.m.
Advocating for Open Space Programs that Protect the Places We Love 3:45 p.m.
All About Axes 1:45 p.m.
AMC and the US Forest Service – Successes and Challenges of a Public- Private Partnership 3:45 p.m.
Outdoor Learning and Leadership
Practicum on Outdoor Lesson Facilitation (3 Hours) 8:00 a.m.
Trouble in the Presidentials: What a Mountaineering Accident Can Teach Us About Decision Making and Managing Risk 9:00 a.m.
What’s in a Leader’s Pack? 9:00 a.m.
AMC’s Leadership Training Opportunities 11:00 a.m.
Training – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Outdoors (3 Hours) 1:45 p.m.
Leadership Skills: Interpersonal Communication 2:45 p.m.
“Oh no! What Now?!” 3:45 p.m.
Leveraging Case Studies as an Outdoor Leadership Teaching Tool 3:45 p.m.
AMC in the Spotlight
New Member Orientation 9:00 a.m.
Volunteer-led Camps and Cabins – 10 Iconic Places to Visit 1:45 p.m.
Adventure Travel in the 19th and early 20th Centuries 2:45 p.m.
The Near Outdoors—AMC’s Urban and Suburban History 3:45 p.m.
Stay, Play, and Learn – AMC’s Huts, Camps, and Lodges 3:45 p.m.
Travel Through Adventure: A World Tour (Adventure Travel) 3:45 p.m.
Outdoor Skills
Back Country Cooking Basics 11:00 a.m.
Intro to Back Country Skiing 1:45 p.m.
Adding Smart Phone Apps to your Hiking Tool Kit 1:45 p.m.
Weather by the Seat of Your Pants 2:45 p.m.
Getting Started in Sea Kayaking 3:45 p.m.
Travel Through Adventure: A World Tour (Adventure Travel) 3:45 p.m.
Kids Outdoors
Nurturing Amazons: Raising Girls Outdoors 11:00 a.m.
Nature, it does a body good. (Yes, really. It’s science!) 2:45 p.m.
Yoga for Outdoor Enthusiasts 9:00 a.m.
Backcountry Photography 11:00 a.m.
Incorporating Music and Arts on Long Distance Trails 1:45 p.m.
Redlining the White Mountain Guide 2:45 p.m.


142nd Annual Business Meeting

The 142nd Business Meeting will be held January 27, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton in Norwood, MA. Included in this meeting:

  • Introduction of new board members
  • Recognition of retiring board members and clubwide committee chairs
  • Reports from the Board of Directors
  • Introduction of new Chapter Chairs
  • Presentation of club-wide volunteer awards

All members are invited to attend the business meeting.

Committee Meetings
The following committee meetings are scheduled for the Annual Summit. Meetings are open to all members, though only committee members may vote. Please include the meetings you plan to attend in your registration choices.

Committee Time
Chapters Committee8:00 – 12:00
Adventure Travel Committee8:30 – 12:00
Inter-Chapter Trails Committee8:00 – 12:00
Club-wide Conservation Committee9:00 – 12:00
Volunteer-Led Camps and Cabins Committee9:00 – 12:00
Inter-Chapter Paddling Committee10:00 – 11:30
Chapter Membership Chairs Meeting1:45 – 3:45
Outdoor Leadership Development Committee1:45 – 3:45


The Appalachian Mountain Club’s Annual Summit is a time of celebration! Each year, AMC presents awards to some of our club’s most dedicated volunteers. AMC has thousands of amazing volunteers that deserve to be recognized for their commitment and hard work. Awards that will be presented this year are listed below. For more information and lists of past award recipients, go to

Distinguished Service Award – This award highlights long term commitment to enhancing and sustaining the integrity of the Club’s conservation, education, and recreation values, with a special acknowledgement that the recipients have developed a complete understanding of the values and goals of the entire organization.

Volunteer Leadership Award – The Volunteer Leadership Award recognizes AMC’s outstanding volunteer leaders who demonstrate the desire to share their time and expertise in the pursuit of AMC’s recreation, conservation, and education mission.

Joe Dodge Award – The Joe Dodge Award is presented to a member of the AMC community who best exemplifies the type of high quality public service and mountain hospitality that became the hallmark of longtime AMC Huts Manager Joe Dodge’s long and distinguished career at Pinkham Notch.

Emerging Conservation Leader Award – The Emerging Conservation Leader Award was established in 2013 to recognize and encourage an emerging leader who has demonstrated a commitment to conservation.

Stewardship Society Award – The Stewardship Society Award honors AMC volunteers who carry on the tradition of public service activity and bring new members to join in the effort. Stewardship Society members typically volunteer on trail work, conservation, or other stewardship projects.

Marian Psychowska Award recognizes those who have given at least 96 Hours

Warren Hart Award recognizes those who have given at least 224 Hours.

Eligible recipients of the Stewardship Society Awards must submit their 2017 hours by December 1 to