Youth Mountain Adventure Program (YMAP)
The Youth Mountain Adventure Program (YMAP) promotes positive youth development by exposing Greater Boston youth, ages 11-18, to the wonders of the outdoors on wilderness adventures. Through three components – Winter YMAP, Summer YMAP, and Local YMAP – the program now serves over 1,000 urban and at-risk youth each year and supports nearly 100 trips. YMAP covers the trip’s food, lodging, transportation, and general organization, while youth agencies select participants. Dozens of YOP’s youth agency partners participate in YMAP each year.
YOP Adventure Instructors co-lead YMAP trips in partnership with the agency’s YOP-trained youth worker. With the added resources of staff and logistical support, YMAP trips are a chance for YOP groups to participate in longer, more challenging trips than are often possible for individual agencies to lead on their own. YOP staff model best practices and help youth workers gain confidence in their trip leading skills. Activities include hiking, backpacking, camping, swimming, canoeing, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing. The curriculum focuses on leadership development, communication skills, and teambuilding. Through fun and educational outdoor experiences, YMAP fosters self-esteem, a spirit of adventure, leadership, teamwork, and a sense of community.
YMAP celebrated 10 years in 2015! See below for a quick view of our program’s impact. Many thanks to our generous funders for making YMAP possible.
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YMAP Program Offerings
YMAP – Winter
Join us for a winter adventure in the White Mountains! YMAP trips are a three-day introduction to winter outdoor activities, including snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, map reading, games, leadership initiatives, and tons of fun! Each session will accommodate a group of nine youth and one YOP Member. YOP provides a co-leader, food, equipment, and lodging. Preference is given to YOP Members who have completed the Winter Exploration workshop. Four dates available in January and February.
YMAP – Summer
Join YOP for a fabulous outdoor leadership adventure at Cardigan Mountain! Each session is four days long and can accommodate nine youth and one YOP Member. Activities include hiking, canoeing, map reading, games, leadership initiatives, campfires, and tons of fun. YOP provides a co-leader, transportation, food, equipment, and lodging. YOP Members select youth participants and provide the excitement, commitment, and positive attitude needed to make this an experience of a lifetime. Eight weeks available in July and August.
YMAP – Local
Work with YOP to design a custom day or overnight trip at a park near you! Choose from adventures that include hiking, canoeing, camping, map & compass, and more. Destinations include Ponkapoag Camp in the Blue Hills, Harold Parker State Forest, the Middlesex Fells, or your local park! May – October; weekend, weekday, and after-school availability.
2015 Participating agencies include
Excel Academy, East Boston, MA
Boston International High School’s Newcomer Academy, Boston, MA
Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School, New London Public Schools, CT
Community Day Charter Public School, Lawrence, MA
Dynamy Youth Academy, You Inc., Worcester, MA
Teens Center at St. Peter, Dorchester, MA
Snowden International School, Boston Public Schools, MA
Lowell High School Outing Club, Lowell, MA
LEAP (Leadership, Education, Athletics, Partnerships) New Haven, CT
Boston Center for Youth and Family Services: Streetworker Program, Boston, MA
Dorchester Boys and Girls Club, Dorchester, MA
Groundwork Lawrence, Lawrence, MA
Mission Safe, Roxbury, MA