As hundreds of PAL youth attend sports and STEM camps, a much smaller group gears up for an entirely different summer adventure. Eight PAL teens have been out trekking the hills in preparation for a week long backpacking trip coming up in just a few weeks. The pictures of their pre-trip hikes say more than words can, of course…
First Pre-Trip Hike: Mount St. Helens
Second Pre-Trip Hike: Steigerwald Wildlife Refuge
This is PAL’s third year taking a group of dedicated teens to the backcountry in collaboration with Big City Mountaineers, a valued partner organization. Big City Mountaineers (BCM) aims to use their “wilderness expeditions [to] bring kids out of their comfort zones and into the wild, where they develop the confidence needed for more promising futures. [Their] programs focus on improving self-esteem, sense of responsibility, group communication and decision-making skills…”* You can see why we value them as a partner! What an awesome mission!
Along with BCM staff, three volunteer Vancouver Police Officers and our own Executive Director, will be taking this amazing group of PAL teens out to the backcountry for seven days on a trip they will never forget. The group will be split up into two. One group of four girls will be hiking Divide Camp in the Mt. Adams wilderness, and another group of four boys will be headed to the Elk Lake Creek trail in the Bulls of the Woods Wilderness.
The teens have been doing an incredible job learning the skills needed to thrive on the big trip, so we can’t wait to see them in action! With just a few weeks to go, we’ll be back here on the blog once they return with an update on how a week in the wilderness treated our hard-working youth and brave volunteers!