High School Projects (ages between 14 and 17 at the time of the project)

These trail projects are reserved for high school aged teenagers (ages 14-17) who have a desire to spend a week in the woods camping in the backcountry and to experience trail work. Parents will drop off and pick up their teens at our basecamp in Lake Placid unless otherwise specified. There is a $285 participation fee for these projects. Scholarships are available for teens; please call 518-523-3480 ext.18 or visit our scholarship page to learn more.

“Being able to efficiently move an 800lb boulder with a metal bar may not be highly regarded skill in today’s working world. However, through five seasons of a devoted practice of accepting mental and physical challenges, I have gained a certain mental fortitude and an understanding of my own capabilities that I don’t think I could have found elsewhere.” – Ryan Graig (Ryan first volunteered as a high school sophomore)

 

Poke-O-Moonshine
JUNE 24-29
Participants will install new trail at the Historic Poke-O-Moonshine trail.  The crew will hike approximately 1 mile to reach their camp, carrying with them their personal gear, food, and tools. Once there, they will have a quarter mile hike to and from the project site each day. Participants will be sleeping in tents provided by the ADK.
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Pharaoh Lake
JULY 8-13
Participants will install rock turnpiking to curtail future soil erosion.  The crew will hike 2 miles, carrying with them their personal gear, food, and tools to reach their camp. Once there, they will have a very short hike to and from the worksite each day. Participants will sleep in tents provided by the ADK.
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Jones Hill Trail
JULY 15-20
Participants will install a new trail that will lead to Jones Hill.  The crew will hike 2 miles to reach their camp. Once there, they will have a 1 mile hike to and from the project site each day. Participants will sleep tents provided by the ADK.
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Spruce Lake
JULY 22-27
Participants will install bog bridging using native material felled on site. Participants will load all of the tools, food, and personal items, and hike 4 miles to reach their camp. Once there participants will hike 1 mile to and from the worksite each day.  Participants will camp at a Lean-to if space is available, if not they will be sleeping in tents provided by the ADK.
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Hurricane Mountain
JULY 29-AUGUST 3
Participants will install rock steps to curtail future soil erosion. The crew will hike 1.5 miles to reach their camp, carrying with them their personal gear, food, and tools. Once there, they will have a half mile hike to and from the worksite. Participants will be sleeping in tents provided by the ADK.
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Kaaterskill Falls
AUGUST 8-13
Participants will be installing drainage structures and rock steps on a trail adjacent to Kaaterskill Falls.  Participants will be staying at the North/South Lake Campground for the duration of the week. Each morning volunteer leaders will shuttle participants to the project site.  Parents will drop off and pick up their children at a designated campsite at North/South Lake State Campground.  Participants will sleep in tents provided by the ADK.
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