Dispatches: Summer 2019 Appalachian Mountain Club News

May 29, 2019
Appalachian mountain club news
Paula ChampagneAMC’s Outdoors RX program saw significant gains in attendance and engagement this winter and spring.


AMC has entered into a new lease agreement with Palisades Interstate Park Commission (PIPC) to renovate and manage Baker Camp, a 92-year-old destination on Lake Sebago, within New York’s Harriman State Park and just 10 miles southwest of the Stephen & Betsy Corman AMC Harriman Outdoor Center. Once completed, the renovated camp will feature 36 cabins with occupancy for 160 people. The new lease also includes a plan for AMC to repair and manage Sebago Beach, a former public beach area that closed following Superstorm Sandy, with a public boat rental and a new, ADA-compliant camping area. A new backcountry camping area on nearby Lake Skenonto is also in the works.


On May 4, AMC celebrated the success of its recently completed campaign to support its Leadership Giving Initiative (LGI) in Lincoln, Mass. Thanks to the generosity of supporters, AMC raised more than $30 million to help enable more people across the region get engaged and active in the outdoors, and to help effectively conserve and protect our natural world.


AMC’s Outdoors Rx program continues to grow in Greater Boston, with a mission of providing free, high-quality outdoor programs accessible to people everywhere, and encouraging families to build lifelong, healthy habits. Between January and March, Outdoors Rx welcomed 742 participants, nearly half of whom attend multiple events. Plus, a new badging initiative encourages families to keep activity levels up, with kids earning badges for every event they attend.


AMC is expanding its volunteer Alpine Steward program along New Hampshire’s heavily trafficked Franconia Ridge. Additional volunteers at Liberty Springs Tentsite will provide pointers on minimizing hiker impact, complementing the existing detail of volunteers on the northern side of the ridge, at AMC’s Greenleaf Hut. “It’s the perfect location for stewards to engage with hikers about the alpine ecosystem and the importance of staying on the trail and Leave No Trace ethics,” says Kyra Salancy, volunteer coordinator for AMC’s outdoor program centers.


AMC’s Highland Center in New Hampshire’s Crawford Notch has refreshed the inventory in its L.L. Bean Gear Room, thanks to AMC’s ongoing partnership with the Maine-based retailer. Worth more than $40,000, these new items—boots, day packs, jackets, and more—will help meet the needs of guests and groups who come through the center year-round. 


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Kelleigh Welch

Kelleigh is managing editor of AMC Outdoors.