Trekkers connects young people with caring adults through expeditionary learning, community service and adventure-based education.
Each year, Trekkers provides educational, experiential, and cross-cultural opportunities to more than 160 young people from six communities in a rural part of midcoast Maine. With an emphasis on relationship building and an appreciation of the earth as "educator," our goal is to be a part of students’ lives from grade to grade and year to year.
Trekkers' long-term mentoring model follows students as they "graduate" from one program into the next along a six-year journey that starts when they are in 7th grade and continues until they graduate. Students are actively involved in planning, designing and implementing their grade-specific expedition each year. These life-changing expeditions incorporate five educational components: community service, cultural awareness, environmental stewardship, wilderness exploration and adventure-based education.
Students collectively decide how they will fulfill the five educational components. They use consensus-based decision-making to determine a set of rules that will govern
their participation in Trekkers, including academic requirements (such as maintaining a passing Grade Point Average and minimizing the number of school suspensions, etc.), along with expectations for sharing tasks, and the
agreement not to use drugs, alcohol or tobacco while in the program.
Trekkers teaches valuable life skills and develops each student’s self-esteem and leadership potential through hands-on experiences in wilderness areas and community settings. Students study the environmental issues of unique bioregions, hike/camp in national parks, learn U.S. history on the National Mall, and give back to their communities by volunteering with groups like the Habitat for Humanity.
Since 1994, Trekkers has changed the lives of more than 500 area youth through its unique outdoor-based, long-term mentoring approach: