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I ran into a friend (another outdoorsy parent) earlier this week. We exchanged news of our summer so far — trying to catch this year’s rare sunny days, family visits, camps, and on my end, our camping trip, which I wrote about in my July 1 post. I told her about hiking, waterfalls, our encounters…

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Speaking of national parks, I just learned that the National Park Service is waiving entrance fees this coming weekend, July 18 and 19, at all national sites that charge an entrance fee. The “fee-free” sites include Acadia, New England’s only national park; the Cape Cod National Seashore; and in New Hampshire, the Saint-Gaudens National Historic…

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If you read The New York Times on Sunday, you might have seen Timothy Egan’s opinion piece, “Michelle’s Next Mission.” That’s Michelle as in Michelle Obama, our first lady. Egan points out the ripple effects of her every action: When she put in a kitchen garden at the White House, vegetables — growing them, eating…

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We returned late last night from an eight-day camping trip in Yosemite National Park. Yosemite is not in New England, I realize, but it was nonetheless a Great Time in the Great Outdoors with Great Kids. This was our second trip in as many years to the park of granite cliffs and glacier-polished domes, waterfalls,…

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The Gildesgame children — Sophie, Jesse, and Emma — sent the following additions to the thoughts their father, Mike, had about the Gildesgame family experience outdoors. Given that Father’s Day is meant to be a time to appreciate fathers, it seems appropriate to end this series with their reflections on growing up outdoors with Dad….

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“Our kids have been hiking since before they were born,” says Mike Gildesgame, Southern New England policy manager at AMC. A family photo from a trip to Acadia National Park shows Mike with one child on his shoulders and one in a backpack, standing next to his wife, Catharyn, who was pregnant with their youngest…

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About twenty years ago, Tim Whyte was involved in youth and recreation programs in Saugus, Mass., where he lived and ran a construction company. He joined the Appalachian Mountain Club because he wanted to learn more about taking kids backpacking; he signed up for one of AMC’s Outdoor Leadership Training courses. “I found an incredible…

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“I can remember my first backpacking trip,” says Marshall Nicoloff, AMC’s Youth Opportunities Program (YOP) coordinator in New York City. The hike was in southern Vermont, and Marshall was doing it with his Boy Scout troop. “It was two miles in. I think I was nine. My backpack was entirely too large, an adult-sized external…

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When Eric Stones, a volunteer leader of family outings for AMC’s Connecticut Chapter, thinks back to his childhood in England, he remembers three things his father often did with him: “taking me to hear music, taking me to cricket matches, and taking me hiking.” Now a long-time resident of the United States, Eric admits that…

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This week, leading up to Father’s Day on Sunday, June 21, I’m posting profiles of several AMC fathers — men who share a love of the outdoors and who take the time to teach what they know to boys and girls, young men and women, in various ways. Some lead family trips. Some teach and…

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