Maine Youth Wilderness Leadership Program invites applicants

Jan 17, 2014
Photo by: Alex Hadik

Friends of Baxter State Park invites current Maine high school sophomores and juniors to submit applications to participate in the 6th annual Maine Youth Wilderness Leadership Program.

The program includes a nine-day field experience in Baxter State Park, scheduled for Aug. 2-10. The application deadline is Saturday, Feb. 8.

In August each year, Friends of Baxter State Park sponsors the innovative Maine Youth Wilderness Leadership Program. This program embodies the central mission of FBSP to promote education about the values of wilderness preservation at Baxter State Park. Thanks to the support of donors and collaboration with Baxter State Park and the Chewonki Foundation, Friends of Baxter State Park is able to offer this program at no direct cost to the students.

Ten high school sophomores and juniors have an extraordinary opportunity to spend eight nights immersed in the finest example of wild country in Maine. In Baxter State Park, they share in an experience that is becoming rare. This wilderness education program sets in motion a journey that will last a lifetime. Beyond the amazing personal experience, the participants also learn a very important message to share in their schools and communities: wilderness preservation is an essential value for humans as well as for all other species that rely upon this land.

Accompanied by experienced wilderness leaders from the Chewonki Foundation, participants work with a variety of specialists as they backpack from one end of Baxter State Park to the other, camping at different sites, including three nights in the backcountry at Russell Pond. Understanding wilderness through science, art, storytelling, photography, writing, history, and recreation instills an appreciation of the wild lands of Baxter State Park. This is a journey the participants will never forget.

Only students who are sophomores or juniors at the time that applications are due are eligible to apply. Participants and alternates are selected from a pool of applications in March. Participants are given supporting materials to prepare them for their experience.

For more information about the application process see or contact Friends of Baxter State Park at or write to us at PO Box 609, Union, ME 04862.

To learn more about Baxter State Park, go to To learn more about Chewonki, go to

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