On Aug. 12, 10 seventh-grade Trekkers set out for an overnight trip to Lubec. The overnight was part of the Teen Trekkers program that brought 33 students to Acadia National Park earlier this year.

The students hiked along the Bold Coast in Cutler Coast Public Reserve, camped at the Cobscook Community Learning Center and visited West Quoddy Head lighthouse. In the evening, the group shared highlights from that day, including funny moments, successes and struggles. Program Manager, Emily Carver said in a news release, “This was not only fun and meaningful for everyone involved, it was a historic moment for Trekkers as an organization.”

This was the first year that Trekkers was able to offer an additional overnight as a part of Teen Trekkers program. Such trips are becoming more possible with the expansion of the organization. Historically, Trekkers has offered six core expeditions over the course of six years. Now with additional staff and program managers, Trekkers is able to offer smaller trips, local service projects and more cultural awareness opportunities in between the six core expeditions.

Trekkers began in 1994 when a group of community members noticed a lack of relationships between local youth and adults. These caring adults sought to use the outdoors as a means to build those much-needed relationships. The Teen Trekkers program is the beginning of students’ six-year journey with Trekkers. After the Teen Trekkers program, these students will begin the Advanced Trekkers program, meeting throughout their eighth-grade year to plan a two-week expedition. As the years progress, students will continue to meet and participate in annual educational programs/expeditions until they graduate from high school. To read the Teen Trekkers trip logs and view photographs of each expedition, visit trekkersonline.com.