There are still a few spots open in the Northern Forest Explorers program, which sends children aged 10-14 years old on five-day paddling trips in the Adirondacks.
The trips are organized by Raquette River Outfitters in Tupper Lake, in collaboration with the nonprofit Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Participating children are provided all of the essential camping and paddling gear.
The first trip takes place from July 9 to 13. On this five-day paddle up Long Lake and down the Raquette River, kids will explore Raquette Falls and the silver maple and white pine forests that surround it.
The second trip takes place from July 30 to Aug 3. This five-day paddle trip starts on Blue Mountain Lake and continues onto Raquette Lake and Forked Lake. This scenic paddling trip will also include hikes to take in the panoramic views.
Partial and full scholarships are given to children who live in the counties bordering the trail and cannot afford the cost ($550) of the trip.
Ten children go on each trip. There are still two spots open for the two Adirondack trips. More spots are available on trips in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.
For more information about the Adirondack trips, contact Raquette River Outfitters in Tupper Lake at (518) 359-3228 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. More info about the trips can be found here.