Trekkers fundraising dinner Feb. 26

Feb 24, 2014

Camden — As part of its Community Connections Night for local nonprofits, Cappy’s Chowder House and Harbor View have arranged for Wednesday, Feb. 26 to benefit Trekkers.

From 5 to 9 p.m., Cappy’s will donate up to half of the evening’s food sales to help Trekkers continue their work with local youth from the communities of Regional School Unit 13. Trekkers is an outdoor-based mentoring program that connects young people with caring adults through expeditionary learning, community service and adventure-based education.

Trekkers began in 1994 as a community-based effort to reach out to middle school students from the town of Thomaston. Caring adults took groups of students camping, canoeing, orienteering and hiking in the Maine wilderness, to begin building supportive relationships with the teens through this shared outdoor experience. Since that time, Trekkers has continued to expand and now uses a 6-year mentoring model to provide year-round mentoring programs to seventh to 12th-grade students from all six communities of RSU 13.

This year, Trekkers is celebrating its 20th anniversary of serving local youth. Using a unique long-term mentoring model, Trekkers will provide 17 educational programs to more than 200 students this program year, in addition to mentoring, tutoring and academic support.

Anyone wishing to support Trekkers is invited to simply eat dinner at Cappy’s Feb. 26. Cappy’s Chowder House and Harbor View is located at One Main Street in the heart of downtown Camden. Executive Director of Trekkers, Don Carpenter, as well as Trekkers’ Board Members and staff will be on hand at the restaurant all evening to answer questions about the organization.

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