EDGECOMB, Maine — Teens To Trails, also known as T3, brings high school outing clubs from across the state together as part of their work to engage Maine teens in the outdoors, according to the organization.
An Outing Club Rendezvous event was co-sponsored by Acadia National Park, which provided overnight camping facilities for all participants in Blackwoods Campground.
Schools that gathered over the Columbus Day holiday for a weekend of outdoor activities included Boothbay Region High School, Cape Elizabeth High School, Cheverus High School, Cony High School, Kents Hill School, Lake Region High School, Mount Desert Island High School, South Portland High School, Thornton Academy and Wiscasset High School — each recognizing the importance of outdoor experiences in students’ lives.
T3 Acadia Rendezvous 2011 provided newer outing clubs the opportunity to get outside alongside more experienced leaders, creating excitement for their individual school programs while building confidence levels. Teens spent Saturday afternoon volunteering on trails they explored the next day — camping, hiking, biking and rock climbing outdoors all day Sunday. For many of these teenagers, it was their first trip to Acadia and their first night sleeping under the stars.
Donations from Sterling Rope, Flatbreads Pizza, Friends of Acadia and several individuals allowed T3 to provide the weekend experience at no cost to participants. T3 was thankful for this support along with volunteer trip leaders and members of the Bowdoin College Outing Club who were on hand to help ensure a positive, safe experience for all.
T3 is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit all-volunteer organization engaging teens in the Maine outdoors. T3’s goal is to establish an outing club in every Maine high school community, thereby promoting outdoor adventures, healthful lifestyles and the nation’s next generation of caring stewards for Maine’s precious natural resources.
For information on Teens To Trails and the importance of Outing Clubs, visit www.TeensToTrails.org.