Experience the Backcountry
Youth and adults interested in the basics of backpacking can join the Backpacking Adventure Club where professionals teach amateurs the ins-and-outs of spending time in the backcountry. Youth participants who are also members of the Boy Scouts of America (Scouts BSA) will be able to earn the Backpacking Merit Badge by participating in this activity.
This activity is not for the faint of heart. While there are several classroom components that must be completed, there are 5 outdoor components that must be completed as well including:
- One 2-mile hike with full pack
- Three 15-mile, 3-day backpacking trips
- One 30-mile, 5-day backpacking trip
Those (youth and adult) wishing to go above and beyond may work towards the 50-Miler Award at the same time.
Below is a sampling of trails that could be trekked as part of this activity. This is not a list to end all, but will begin the conversation of what it available in the surrounding area. If you are interested in adding a trail to the list, reach out to Dominic Paulo or Samuel Ahlstrom.