Trekkers introduces seventh-graders to its activities

Posted Oct. 28, 2011, at 10:12 p.m.

Trekkers recently held the first of its two Trekkers Week programs. Designed as a “sneak peek” of its core programming, each Trekkers Week is a five-day program that includes a variety of after school activities throughout the midcoast. The program is available to seventh-grade students in RSU 13.

In May, the organization will enroll 40 seventh-grade students from RSU 13 in its six-year core programming. Trekkers Week allows students to experience Trekkers before deciding to enroll in the spring.

Led by Trekkers Program Manager Meredith Lynt, the first Trekkers Week was held in mid-October for St. George School seventh-graders. The group of 12 students and three adult mentors traveled to the Leadership School at Kieve where they challenged themselves physically and mentally using the indoor climbing facility. They visited Mosquito Head in Martinsville to photograph the landscape. The activity was a preview of Photo Treks, the photography program that will be available to the students in October 2012. Then, the Trekkers Week team had “Game Day,” playing a blend of classic Trekkers games and team-building initiatives. On Thursday, the group trekked to Hope Orchards where they picked apples. Finally, the students and mentors volunteered for the Humane Society of Knox County. There, they cared for several cats and walked a few dogs along the nearby trails.

One student said of his experience, “My favorite part of the week was the community service,” and added, “I think I will sign up [for Trekkers’ core programming] because I loved what we did and the people who ran it.”

Lynt saidd, “What has been so great about this program is that it helped us to create a foundation for relationships. We are impressed with what we’ve seen — positive, high-energy, curious young people.”

In January, the organization will hold another Trekkers Week for seventh-grade students from Rockland District Middle School and Thomaston Grammar School.

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