Volunteering

You’re at the put-in.  You have your leadership team, and the rest of the group is assembling.  All of the participants have been screened, but some you have not paddled with.  How do you assess their abilities?  How do you know how they will react if the environment presents a challenge?  How do you assess…

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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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The title says it all, but does not come close to expressing the gratitude I feel for all of your efforts leading AMC’s Teen Trail Crews.  Your hard work and dedication is what gives me the opportunity to do the work that I love.  It’s because of you that all of us get to explore…

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» CLICK PHOTO ABOVE TO LAUNCH SLIDESHOW Already researching winter getaways? Join an AMC winter volunteer vacation to Costa Rica and you’ll not only spend your days in an exotic—not to mention warm—location, you’ll brush up on your Spanish, learn trail maintenance skills, and immerse yourself in a culture rooted in conservation. Last winter, AMC’s…

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This crew is designed to increase our knowledge of trail work and prepare us to be future leaders. We were lucky to spend 4 weeks learning from the amazing staff at Camp Dodge and spending time out in the White Mountains. Taking a Wilderness First Aid course and becoming LNT Trainers gave us proper certifications…

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This is my second year working for AMC, but I have been professionally involved with trail construction, and more importantly, volunteer team building, for six years now. Each year I get older, each year my body aches a little bit more, and every single year I become more and more amazed at how impactful a…

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Spend a day with the Appalachian Trail (AT) Committee of AMC’s Connecticut Chapter, and you’ll quickly realize why most volunteers who show up once end up staying for years. These diehard trail workers have maintained the AT’s entire 51 miles in Connecticut since the late 1970s. In that time, volunteers have spent countless hours building…

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» CLICK PHOTO ABOVE TO LAUNCH SLIDESHOW Pick a cabin, a bunkhouse, or a campsite: Whichever you prefer, you now can bed down in some of New York’s wildest woods, just a smidge over 40 miles from Midtown Manhattan. Your destination is AMC’s Harriman Outdoor Center (HOC), open July 1 in New York’s Harriman State…

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In July, AMC’s Echo Lake Camp will open for its 91st year, a stone’s throw from Acadia National Park on Maine’s Mount Desert Island. Campers can expect many familiar staples, including lobster cookouts, square dances, and talent night, but there will be one big change. After 35 years, longtime managers Ned and Mary Mitchell will…

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Visitors to AMC’s Joe Dodge Lodge and Pinkham Notch Visitor Center in New Hampshire will have a unique opportunity to see trail work up close this summer. AMC’s professional trail crew is set to construct an elevated boardwalk, featuring an accessible design to accommodate users of various physical abilities, at the Lost Pond trailhead, just…

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