Articles by Jean Faustini

Trekkers’ Executive Director Don Carpenter

Trekkers’ Executive Director to Step Down

By Jean Faustini on June 26, 2015, at 4:19 p.m.
After 17 years as Trekkers’ Executive Director, Don Carpenter has decided to step down. Don, 45, informed the board of trustees of his plans in advance of its scheduled board retreat earlier this month. He will officially step down in February of 2016, ending nearly 18 years at the helm …
Officer Tim Hoppe and Trekkers' Executive Director Don Carpenter

11th Annual Law Enforcement Golf Classic, Sunday, July 13

By Jean Faustini on July 08, 2014, at 11:12 a.m.
Sunday, July 13, 2014 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Rockland Golf Club, 606 Old County Road, Rockland, Maine For more information: 207-594-5095; THOMASTON – The 11th annual Law Enforcement Golf Classic will be held at the Rockland Golf Club on Sunday, July 13th. Proceeds from the Law Enforcement …
Paul Theroux to present "Rites of Passage" at Trekkers event on July 16.

Paul Theroux to Speak at the Strand Theatre on July 16

By Jean Faustini on July 08, 2014, at 10:21 a.m.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: The Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street, Rockland, Maine For more information: 207-594-5095; Trekkers, a local outdoor-based youth mentoring program, will celebrate its 20th anniversary by welcoming travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux to the midcoast on Wednesday, July 16. …
Trekkers' B.U.O.Y. Art will be featured at a Gallery Opening on July 1

Trekkers’ B.U.O.Y. Art Gallery Opening on July 1

By Jean Faustini on June 30, 2014, at 10:39 a.m.
Trekkers is kicking off its 20th anniversary celebration by hosting a Gallery Opening at the Maine Lighthouse Museum on Tuesday, July 1 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The event is open to the public and admission is free. Featured at the opening will be 50 one-of-a-kind pieces of buoy art …
Students in Trekkers SEED program will have the opportunity to explore their career interests.

Trekkers Launches New Pilot Program

By Jean Faustini on March 27, 2014, at 3:39 p.m.
Thomaston, ME – On March 23rd, twelve Junior and Senior Oceanside High School students and three adult Career Mentors, completed the first workshop in a new Trekkers’ program called Success through Employment and Educational Development or SEED. SEED is a pilot program developed by Trekkers to help 11th and 12th …
Trekkers students and mentors ready to depart for the Photo Treks expedition in October 2013.

Trekkers Gives Thanks for Photo Treks Support

By Jean Faustini on March 26, 2014, at 8:21 a.m.
THOMASTON – On behalf of Trekkers, I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to everyone who contributed to the success of this year’s Photo Treks program. This expeditionary learning program took our students to three of Maine’s largest cities and allowed these young people a chance to experience the …
Trekkers’ Leadership Students complete an activity in communication and coordination.

Trekkers’ 11th Graders Participate in Leadership Training Weekend

By Jean Faustini on March 19, 2014, at 4:54 p.m.
THOMASTON – On March 13-14th, 11 Oceanside High School juniors and six adult mentors from the Trekkers’ Leadership Program participated in a two-day training at the Kieve-Wavus Leadership School in Nobleboro, with a focus on conflict resolution. Trekkers, a non-profit, outdoor-based mentoring program connects young people to caring adults through …
Trekkers' student leaders share their thanks with the community.

Trekkers Thanks Cappy’s

By Jean Faustini on March 03, 2014, at 9:56 a.m.
Trekkers was pleased to be selected as one of the recipients of this year’s Community Connections fundraising dinners. We want to thank the folks at Graffam Brothers for creating this fundraising event, and are so grateful to the management and staff at Cappy’s Chowder House and Harbor View Restaurant in …
The bass player from 2010 and 2012 Trekkapalooza winning band, Chaos Sauce.

Trekkapalooza 2014 to Rock The Strand Theatre

By Jean Faustini on Jan. 10, 2014, at 5:03 p.m.
Trekkers is holding its 9th annual Trekkapalooza event Saturday, January 25th at The Strand Theatre. This year’s “Battle of the Bands” competition will feature six fun and energetic acts. The line-up includes five bands who are new to Trekkapalooza this year. Making their debut performance will be the 3-person band …
Clayton Collins, Bill Bachofner, and John Crabtree of Rockland Elks Lodge #1008

Trekkers Thanks Rockland Elks Lodge #1008

By Jean Faustini on Dec. 13, 2013, at 3:42 p.m.
On behalf of Trekkers, I would like to thank the Rockland Elks Lodge #1008, and three of its members, for volunteering their time to rebuild a roof rack for Bessie, our 1989 International Thomas Bus, and building storage compartments for Lucy, our newest mobile classroom. My sincere thanks go to …
Trekkers’ Executive Director Don Carpenter receives a donation from 
Camden National Bank Branch Manager Connie Sawyer.

Trekkers Is Recipient of Donation from Camden National Bank

By Jean Faustini on June 26, 2013, at 12:05 p.m.
THOMASTON – Trekkers, a local youth mentoring organization, was recently awarded a grant from Camden National Bank in support of the program’s multi-year expansion. Trekkers is now completing the third year of a step-wise expansion process aimed at serving twice as many students across their six community service area. “Everyone …
Trekkers will present “An Evening of Poetry with Richard Blanco” this July.

Trekkers to Host Richard Blanco on July 17th

By Jean Faustini on June 18, 2013, at 8:43 a.m.
Trekkers, a local youth mentoring organization, will welcome Maine poet Richard Blanco back to the Midcoast for a poetry event at the Strand Theatre on July 17th. Chosen as the 2013 inaugural poet, Blanco has published three books including Looking for the Gulf Motel, which received this year’s Maine Literary …
Trekkers' Class of 2013: Nineteen high school seniors are all smiles at Trekkers’ graduation ceremony on June 3rd.

Trekkers Celebrates Nineteen Graduating Seniors from the Class of 2013

By Jean Faustini on June 11, 2013, at 9:32 a.m.
THOMASTON, MAINE – On June 3, Trekkers held a graduation ceremony for the 19 high school seniors who recently completed Trekkers’ six-year youth mentoring program. Trekkers Executive Director Don Carpenter hosted the awards ceremony where he “roasted” each student individually through humorous gifts and a slideshow, sharing unique and unforgettable …
Students in Trekkers’ Leadership Program show their appreciation to the Knox County Fund of the Maine Community Foundation for its support of their program expansion.

Trekkers’ Leadership Program Receives Local Grant

By Jean Faustini on June 04, 2013, at 11:55 a.m.
THOMASTON, MAINE – Trekkers recently received a $2,500 grant from the Knox County Fund of the Maine Community Foundation to support the expansion of the Leadership Training program for 11th and 12th grade students. The leadership program is offered to junior and senior Trekkers who are looking to deepen and …
Trekkers’ preventive youth mentoring services include outdoor-based experiential education. Shown above are students and mentors during a Cross-America Expedition in Colorado.

Trekkers Receives JJAG Grant Award

By Jean Faustini on May 09, 2013, at 2:11 p.m.
(THOMASTON) The Juvenile Justice Advisory Group (JJAG) of Maine recently awarded a $32,445 grant to Trekkers for the expansion of its preventive youth mentoring services in midcoast Maine. JJAG is a volunteer group that helps the Governor and the Legislature “craft effective responses to the problems of juvenile crime and …
The 9th grade Trekkers and mentors do a celebratory jump after climbing the “Rocky Steps” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art during the “Ride Through History” trek to Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

Trekkers Students and Mentors Explore Nation’s History in 10-day Expedition

By Jean Faustini on May 03, 2013, at 9:23 a.m.
(Thomaston) Sixteen Oceanside High School freshmen and seven adult mentors recently explored our country’s history and culture, while traveling to Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. They were participating in Trekkers’ “Ride Through History” expedition – a 10-day journey of experiential education and group relationship building. Trekkers is a non-profit mentoring …
Trekkers students at the University of Connecticut during a 10-day College/Career Expedition.

Trekkers’ Junior Class Tours 13 Colleges

By Jean Faustini on April 29, 2013, at 10:13 a.m.
During April vacation, 14 Oceanside High School juniors and 3 adult mentors boarded the Trekkers bus for a 10-day exploration of colleges and universities. Trekkers’ College/Career Exploration exposes students to the variety of opportunities that are available after high school. The program helps prepare them for the competitive job market, …
Trekkers' Class of 2013 prepares to embark on their 36-hour wilderness Rites of Passage solo in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.

Trekkers’ Class of 2013 Completes Rites of Passage

By Jean Faustini on April 11, 2013, at 11:40 a.m.
Eighteen high school seniors completed a five day “Rites of Passage” expedition last week, to conclude their six year Trekkers experience. An integral part of the expedition is a 36-hour wilderness solo. This solo is an opportunity for students to remove themselves from the stress of senior year and allow …
Pedal to the Port  cyclists enjoy breathtaking ocean views at Marshall Point Lighthouse in Port Clyde, during a rest stop in Trekkers’ annual fundraising bike ride.

Trekkers’ Annual Fundraiser Set for June 8

By Jean Faustini on April 05, 2013, at 9:38 a.m.
Trekkers’ “Pedal to the Port” – the 5th Annual Ride for Relationships – is scheduled for Saturday, June 8th. This destination bike ride is a primary fundraising event for Trekkers’ youth mentoring programs. This year’s ride will once again feature a 12-mile family-friendly loop along the St. George peninsula. There …
Oceanside High School junior and Trekker student leader Raegan Goulet is all smiles as she thinks outside of the box during a team-building initiative at Camp Kieve. The activity was part of Trekkers’ Student Leadership Program which trains 11th and 12th grade students to mentor their younger peers.

Trekkers’ Expanded Student Leadership Program a Huge Success

By Jean Faustini on April 01, 2013, at 10:16 a.m.
THOMASTON, MAINE – Trekkers held its final student leadership training of the year on March 22nd-23rd. The youth-mentoring organization recently expanded its Student Leadership Program, tripling the yearly trainings for 11th grade students who wish to serve as mentors for their younger Trekker peers. Trekkers offered three training weekends to …