Programs

“It was the best week I’ve ever spent. I had fun and learned so much from these new experiences.” – Matthew F. “This experience made me a better person through hard work.” – Kahlil L. A week working out in the woods certainly left a mark on the Bay Circuit Trail Volunteer Program’s first teen…

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The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) is grateful for a recent $2,500 contribution from the Grappone Automotive Group,  which was accompanied by a matching grant from Toyota.  The donation will be used to support AMC’s “A Mountain Classroom“(AMCR) programming in New Hampshire’s North Country.   On an annual basis, AMCR provides more than 3,750 outdoor and environmental education…

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So, you’ve decided to take the next step in your outdoor leadership path and register for AMC’s Mountain Leadership School (MLS). Excited, nervous, anxious? I know I was. Coming out of MLS you’ll likely end up defining it as one of the best experiences you’ve had in the outdoors, but you’ll definitely look back and…

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The conservation community, in general, is challenged by a lack of diversity. While AMC is no exception, having leaders from different backgrounds provides quiet testimony to our belief that the outdoors is for everyone. Not only can our experiences help us learn about nature, they can teach us about ourselves—and one another. We talked to…

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  Part 2: Communication In the last installment, we discussed how people, or interpersonal skills, are an elusive component of leadership. As I mentioned before, the scope and complexity involved with these skills is hard to capture in a single word or phrase. Still, as leaders, mentors, facilitators, educators, or simply the intellectually curious, we…

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Woody Guthrie famously sang, “This land is your land / This land is my land,” but as wonderful as that sentiment is, it takes a lot of work to make sure the outdoors is protected for generations to come. It’s never too early to get kids engaged in stewardship efforts, be it through volunteerism, community gardens,…

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If you’ve visited AMC’s huts, lodges, camps, and other destinations, you’ve likely noticed the feeling of rejuvenation that comes from experiencing spectacular places amid like-minded lovers of the outdoors. In this fast-paced world, a hike to a backcountry hut or a paddle from a waterfront wilderness lodge can help you slow down, breathe deeply, and savor…

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Leadership Case Study: Group Management in the Alpine This case study was featured at Mountain Leadership School’s annual Instructor Post School Debrief in September 2016.  A vigorous discussion produced the conclusion points illuminated below. Join these experienced volunteer instructors at the oldest leadership training program in the nation for the 59th annual Mountain Leadership School in…

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Part 1: The Art of Listening Working in an outdoor environment our role as leaders often incorporates technical or, “hard” skills, and people, or “soft” skills. The technical skills are tangible elements: How to tie a bowline, how to execute a forward stroke, how to set up a tent, and there are a lot of…

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Who is the mentor?                                                               Halfway through the two-week outdoor leader training, Keer, the course manager responsible for leading the training, called us together to…

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