WAITSFIELD, Vt. - Northern Forest Explorers, the signature youth program of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, has announced its summer trip schedule which provides week-long canoe and kayak trips for youth at an affordable price.
Beginning in June, 10 trips will take place in the four states of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail: New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. There are 125 available spots for youth ages 10 to 14 from communities along the trail.
Participants learn basic paddling and outdoor skills, environmental and ecological relationships and the fundamentals of leadership.
Trips are guided by local outfitters, including Mac's Canoe Livery in Lake Clear, Montgomery Adventures, Northwoods Stewardship Center and Siskin Ecological Adventures in Vermont, Great Glenn Outfitters in New Hampshire and Adventure Bound and Chain of Lakes Guide Service in Maine. Paddling gear, camping equipment and food are supplied.
The Adirondack trips will include a paddle from Old Forge to Long Lake from July 1 to 5 and another from Tupper Lake to Saranac Lake from July 8 to 12.
Participation fees are based on a sliding scale and no deserving child will be left behind, according to the NFCT. Financial aid is available. Space is limited.
Applications are due June 1 and are available by contacting Youth Program Director Roger Poor at 603-801-9597, Roger@northernforestcanoetrail.org, or online at www.northernforestcanoetrail.org and www.northernforestexplorers.org.
The goal of the program is to have the Northern Forest Explorers gain a sense of appreciation for their own backyards, so they are inspired to support their surroundings.
NFCT seeks to integrate the program into its trailside communities by partnering closely with local schools, community organizations and guide services.
This is the fifth year of the program which is supported by grants and assistance from local outfitters, private foundations, and the federal government. Earlier this year, the program received funding from Outdoor Nation, a national initiative connecting the millennial generation to the outdoors.
The grant from the Paddle Nation Project, was one of 25 projects selected by Outdoor Nation and the Outdoor Industry Association Paddle Advisory Council from a pool of 150 applicants and was awarded funding for its ability to connect youth to the outdoors through paddling. For more information on Outdoor Nation grant programs, visit outdoornation.org/grants.