WANTED: KIDS to Explore Maine’s Woods, Mountains & Waterways

Posted Sept. 11, 2012, at 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, September 29 to Saturday, June 22, 2013; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: Cobscook Community Learning Center, 10 Commissary Point Rd, Trescott, ME

Contact: Carrie Callahan; 207-733-2233 ext 322

Website: cclc.me

Several years ago there was an incident where two elementary-aged kids were playing in the woods and became lost. There was an immediate and frantic response on the part of families and friends to find them, and eventually they did – but not without great anguish and anxiety. Since then, community members have voiced interest in establishing some sort of lessons or training which may be provided to youth, so that should a similar circumstance arise, they will know what to do to be safe and survive.

In response to their interest, the Cobscook Community Learning Center is creating a new program called the Outdoor Adventure Club. The purpose and mission of this program is to provide area youth with an opportunity to learn and practice outdoor and wilderness safety and survival skills. The club will consist of two discrete age groups, 8 – 12 and 13 – 18, each led by UMM Outdoor Environmental Recreation Management grads Bobbi-Jo Bourdeau and Michael Giudilli, respectively.

CCLC’s Outdoor Adventure Club will teach a variety of skills, including Leave No Trace principles of outdoor ethics, the National Association for Search & Rescue’s Hug-A-Tree & Survive program, S.T.O.P. Wilderness Survival, basic outdoor first aid, safety planning and preparation, map and compass reading, water and boater safety, shelter building, winter wilderness survival, and lots more. As students develop these skills, Bourdeau and Giudilli will offer kids opportunities to practice their skills on short and long expeditions, within Washington County and – ultimately – beyond. Club members will participate in choosing and planning overnight expeditions during the February and April school breaks. The long-term goal of the Outdoor Adventure Club is to develop a self-sustaining year ‘round outdoor skills and expedition department at the CCLC that will be to provide positive outdoor experiences to the youth of Washington County, and to facilitate the development of each student’s outdoor leadership skills.

The Outdoor Adventure Club will meet on Saturdays during the school year, 10 am – 2 pm, beginning on September 29, 2012. Students are asked to bring lunch and dress appropriately for all kinds of weather. The Club will gladly accept donations of good condition hand-me-down outdoor gear. The CCLC encourages the practice of Saturday carpooling, and if there is sufficient enrollment, will offer bus transportation to/from Machias and Calais. The cost for the Club is just $5 per day per kid, and scholarships are available by calling Carrie at 733-2233 ext. 322. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the Outdoor Adventure Club, please contact the Cobscook Community Learning Center which is located at 10 Commissary Point Road in Trescott, just 1.8 mi from the Whiting Store on Rt 189. For more information, please email outdoor.adventures@cclc.me or visit www.cclc.me.