Teen Wilderness Adventures

• Develop a connection to the outdoors. Challenge yourself. Build friendships. Learn new skills AND have a blast outside this summer!

• Featuring: Backpacking, Climbing, Kayaking, Canoeing, and Multi-sport trips designed for 12-18 year olds

• Explore the White Mountains, Maine, and New York on a summer adventure

About Teen Wilderness adventures

We offer exciting, rewarding outdoor adventure education for youth ages 12-18 ranging in length from 5-20 days. Teen Wilderness Adventures combine one or more outdoor activities–like hiking, rock climbing, backpacking, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, –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.

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, 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. 

Choose Your Adventure

All of our programs offer fun and adventure, but choosing the best program is as individual as each participant.

Classic Adventures

5-10 day trips to beautiful destinations by way of backpack, canoe, or kayak. These trips focus on mastery of one or two of these classic outdoor skills.

Multi-Sport Adventures

Offers a taste of several skills and experiences while maintaining a sense of a longer expedition. Ranging from 5 to 10 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.

Leadership Adventures

These programs range in length from 7 to 20 days and teach the skills to be a competent outdoor leader in the backcountry with wilderness navigation, teamwork, decision making & group development. These programs are unique because they teach more advanced skills and involve more challenges than our standard programs.

Adventures by Activity

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 six miles per day, and we carry all the camping gear and food we’ll need. Our trips in New Hampshire 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. Backpacking trips also adventure to The Devil’s Path in the Catskills of New York, Harriman State Park (New York), and the 100-Mile Wilderness and Katahdin region of Maine.

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. Rock-climbing sections last one to three days and, conditions permitting, culminate in a multi-pitch climb on the last day. All technical and rock-climbing equipment will be supplied. Professional climbing guides join the group from EMS Climbing School, an AMGA accredited business.

Whitewater Kayaking

During this thrilling session, you will navigate the rapids of rivers such as the Androscoggin, Magalloway, and Saco. 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. Groups basecamp at a campground and paddle during the day.

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, in Berlin, New Hampshire 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.

CANCELLATION POLICY

 

  • Cancel 30 days or more and you get a full refund

  • 14-29 days you get a 70% refund

  • Less than 14 days is no refund