Press Release (2015): Appalachian Mountain Club Announces Growing Range of Guided Outdoor Vacations for Families  

May 4, 2015

The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) has expanded its summer slate of more than 30 guided vacations for families with kids of all ages and levels of outdoor experience, from preschoolers to teens. AMC’s newest offerings in New Hampshire and Maine are part of a progressively more challenging range of experiences for families as they gain confidence in the outdoors and kids get older.

New for this summer, AMC is offering families an introduction to backpacking, expanding Wee Wanderers weekends for kids ages 3-5 to the White Mountains, and giving young adventurers a taste of lodge-to-hut hiking on a shorter duration trip from Highland Center Lodge.

To see the entire line-up of AMC’s summer Family Adventures, visit

AMC’s continuum of guided programming grows with the family. For families with preschoolers and kindergartners, short walks to waterfalls and pond exploration near the comforts of a lodge are a good starting point for an outdoor weekend. The choices for school-aged kids as a first or next outdoor adventure are many, whether going on a week-long family camp, hiking to a mountain hut for an overnight in the backcountry, or camping in a tent. Older kids ready for even bigger challenges will find exhilaration in tackling high summits, hut-to-hut trips, and multi-sport adventures.

Guided AMC Family Adventures this summer include:

  • Wee Wanderers – for families with kids ages 3-5
    Served up at a young child’s pace, these guided weekends introduce kids to the outdoors through nature trail exploration, visits to waterfalls, and pond discovery. This summer’s new location in New Hampshire’s White Mountains at AMC’s Highland Center Lodge adds to Cardigan Lodge in the Lakes Region.
  • Family Adventure Camps – for families with kids ages 5-12
    Five-night Family Adventure Camps in the White Mountains and Maine Woods give kids a lot of variety, from GPS treasure hunts and canoeing to wildlife tracking and hikes to amazing views. Some even end with an overnight at an AMC backcountry hut. Kids stay and eat free as part of a shorter family adventure at AMC’s Mohican Outdoor Center in the Delaware Water Gap, New Jersey.
  • Intro to Camping or Backpacking – for families with kids ages 6 and older
    Introductory programs give families the essential skills for planning their own overnight trips, from pitching a tent to cooking on a camp stove. Families taking the next step from car camping to the backcountry can try AMC’s new Intro to Backpacking while exploring nearby trails, peaks, and waterfalls in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region around Mt. Cardigan. Camping and backpacking gear is included.
  • Family Hut-to-Hut Trips – for families with kids ages 9 and older
    Backcountry adventures to unbeatable, above-treeline views along the Appalachian Trail on the most iconic of White Mountain ridgelines is just part of the adventure while hut-to-hut hiking. Each night families enjoy freshly prepared meals and fun traditions at AMC’s mountain huts, including Lakes of the Clouds Hut on its centennial anniversary. For a first-time hut experience with kids ages 5 and older, AMC’s Young Adventurers lodge-to-hut trip is brand-new this summer as a shorter, lower-elevation option.
  • Family Multi-Sport Adventures – for families with kids ages 9 and older
    Multi-Sport Adventures are the ultimate White Mountain sampler for families with older kids to not only hike, but also rock climb a local crag with expert guides and hit the rapids of the Androscoggin River for some high adrenaline fun. Programs are located at AMC’s Joe Dodge Lodge, at the base of Mt. Washington.

AMC’s guided Family Adventures include all lodging, meals, and guided activities. Rates vary based on program length, activity, and location. Rates start at $148 each for adult non-members ($129 AMC members) and $35 for child non-members ($29 members) for the two-night Introduction to Camping program. Five-night lodge-based Family Adventure Camps start at $699 each for adult non-members ($599 members) and $419 for child non-members ($379 members). Child rates apply to ages 3-12; youth rates are available for ages 13-17. Families can take advantage of discounted member lodging and program rates while supporting AMC’s mission with the $75 annual family membership.

Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of America’s Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. AMC helps people of all ages and abilities to explore and develop a deep appreciation of the natural world. With chapters from Maine to Washington, D.C., guidebooks and maps, and unique lodges and huts, AMC helps people get outdoors on their own, with family and friends, and through activities close to home and beyond. AMC invites the public to support its conservation advocacy and research, youth programming, and care of 1,800 miles of trails. More information is available at


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