Saturday, Dec. 5, nine Trekkers boys and two leaders volunteered with WindowDressers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Maine residents reduce heating costs, fossil fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by lowering the amount of heat lost through windows. The students and their mentors spent the morning and afternoon at WindowDressers’ production facility at the Lincoln Street Center in Rockland constructing window inserts that will be sold at affordable rates.

The students participating in this community-service project were members of Trekkers’ 11th-grade classes, Team Panther and Team Puma. In addition to programming that is specific to each team of students, Trekkers also offers gender-specific activities throughout the school year. On a monthly basis, this group of guys has been meeting with Program Manager Brandon Caron for dinner and discussion where they have planned outings that will incorporate one of the Trekkers educational core components: community service, wilderness experience, cultural awareness, environmental education or outdoor/adventure-based recreation.

Speaking about the WindowDressers experience, Caron said, “I think we have something pretty powerful and important in this group. It’s rare to find a group of teenage guys who want to give up a Saturday to give back to their community, and it was formed purely by the students’ own demand for it. I’m energized by it and excited to see where they decide to take things in the future!”

To learn more about volunteering with this group of Trekkers, contact  Caron at the Trekkers office at 594-5095; or email him at