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Trekkers Day program held for local 7th grade students

7th grade students participating in a Trekkers Day teambuilding activity called the “peanutbutter pit”.
7th grade students participating in a Trekkers Day teambuilding activity called the “peanutbutter pit”.
Posted Jan. 16, 2014, at 2:37 p.m.

THOMASTON, MAINE – Trekkers held its Trekkers Day program on Saturday, January 11th for 7th grade students from the communities of Cushing, Owls Head, Rockland, South Thomaston, St. George and Thomaston. This fun-filled day gave students a chance to experience a sneak preview of life as a Trekker, while they participated in activities similar to the ones that are part of Trekkers’ six-year core programming.

Nearly 30 students and 12 volunteers met early Saturday morning to participate in Trekkers Day. The group spent the morning at the Oceanside West High School gym, playing games, breaking the ice and generally getting to know other 7th graders from different towns and different middle schools. The group then boarded Trekkers’ buses and headed to Camp Kieve in Nobleboro for a hearty lunch. The large crew was then split into three teams which rotated through Kieve’s facilities for different team building initiatives led by Kieve’s staff. Whether it was the “peanut butter pit” or “pipeline” or “giant Jenga,” students and volunteers were challenged to work together to find success as a group. Fortunately, all teams had success and managed to have some fun, too! Many felt that the day couldn’t get much better, but it did! The day concluded by hopping on the bus and showing off their bowling skills at Oakland Park Lanes in Rockport .

Trekkers Day was a recruitment event for Trekkers’ inaugural enrollment into the program. The goal was to provide students with a Trekkers-like experience before the enrollment period so students themselves can decide if they would like to apply for the official, six-year program. Any 7th grade student living in the towns of Cushing, Owls Head, Rockland, St. George, South Thomaston, or Thomaston are invited to apply to the program, whether they participated in Trekkers Day or not. Interested families should plan on attending Trekkers’ Informational Community Meeting on February 5th at Oceanside West High School from 5:30−7pm, to learn more about the program and to pick up an application.

Program Manager Meredith Lynt said, “I am really excited about the leadership potential I see in this year’s 7th grade class. Students really impressed me with their openness to meeting others, their enthusiasm, their positive energy and their willingness to try something new. The entire organization is really looking forward to welcoming the next class of Trekkers into the program!”

To learn more about Trekkers, visit www.trekkers.org or call (207) 594-5095.

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Trekkers is a non-profit outdoor-based mentoring program that connects young people with caring adults through expeditionary learning, community service and adventure-based education. Trekkers brings students and adult mentors together to build meaningful relationships over a period of six years. Trekkers serves the communities of Cushing, Owls Head, Rockland, South Thomaston, St. George and Thomaston.

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