Trekkers is introducing Apprentice Treks, a new program open to all eighth-graders living in Thomaston, St. George and Cushing.

Apprentice Treks will be a collaboration between Trekkers and one of the oldest traditional boat building schools in the country, the Apprenticeshop in Rockland (formerly known as Atlantic Challenge). Apprentice Treks will offer young people the opportunity to learn how to build their own small tender from local craftsmen while investigating the unique character of the region’s maritime culture. Students will meet on various Tuesdays and Saturdays throughout the spring to learn traditional boat building skills as well as participate in field expeditions. Students will meet directly with expert boat builders and historians. The program will conclude with a celebratory launching of student- and mentor-built tenders in early June.

The unique program is designed to develop appreciation and knowledge of local boat building history and craftsmanship by providing young people with opportunities for experiential learning. Students will not only learn how to build boats, they will also get a chance to interact within a network of caring adults in a safe space.

For more information about Apprentice Treks, contact Program Director Meredith Lynt at 594-5095 or meredith@trekkersonline.com. Trekkers is a nonprofit, outdoor-based mentoring program that connects caring adults with young people through expeditionary learning, community service and adventure-based education. For more information visit trekkersonline.com.

The Apprenticeshop is a school for traditional boat building and seamanship. For more information, contact Executive Director Eric Stockinger at 594-1800 or visit atlanticchallenge.com.