The Rockland District High School Outing Club will meet after school on Tuesdays beginning March 30.

Students and faculty will brainstorm places to visit locally and around Maine. Adventures can include minimal impact local hikes, camp cooking, kayaking, camping, rock climbing and more. High school faculty members will lead most trips.

In an effort to increase the number of youth participating in the great outdoors, RSU 13 Adult and Community Education was awarded an implementation grant from Teens To Trails to start an Outing Club at RDHS. The Teens To Trails organization, a statewide initiative to engage Maine teens in the outdoors, awarded the funds through its Grants-to-Clubs Program. In addition, the RDHS Outing Club program received six L.L. Bean Escape Daypacks for students to use on their adventures.

“This is a great opportunity to expand our offerings as part of the existing RASA [Rockland After-School Alliance] programs and engage youth in sustainable, healthy ways to spend their out-of-school time,” said Shannon M. Parker, RSU 13 Adult and Community Education director, in a news release. “The timing couldn’t be more perfect. This club will allow us to take advantage of the spring and summer weather while helping to expose kids to the natural beauty of this area.”

Teens To Trails provided assistance to 14 schools for a total of $6,175 thanks to support from L.L. Bean, the Quimby Family Foundation and the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation. Members of the club will have the opportunity to attend the Life Happens Outside! biennial conference on Saturday, April 3 at Windham High School. The conference will feature more than 50 workshops and hallways full of exhibitors to inspire young people to get outdoors.

To get involved in the RDHS Outing Club or another RASA offering, contact Elizabeth Burrell at RDHS at 593-6667.