Johns Brook Valley Teen Adventure
Thank you for your interest in an Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) workshop.
Health insurance is required to participate in this program.
The 4-day Johns Brook Valley Teen Adventure is an experiential, cooperative group camping experience for teenagers between 14-17 years old with the shared responsibility of camp chores, cooking, and decision making while practicing Leave No Trace skills and ethics. We’ll spend our time learning about safe backcountry travel, outdoor skills, and the rich natural and cultural history of the Adirondacks. This program is great for teenagers who have had some experience hiking and are eager to learn how to plan and execute their own excursions in the future. It will be led by two of ADK’s professional staff.
Parents or guardians should plan on meeting with the trip leaders at ADK’s Education Yurt Village at 9:00am on Day 1, located at 1002 Adirondack Loj Road, Lake Placid, NY 12946. This is where parents or guardians will also pick up the participants at 12:00pm on Day 4.
Our tentative itinerary is as follows: On Day 1 at 9:00am we will start with introductions, a classroom discussion to build group camaraderie, and conduct a thorough gear shakedown to prepare for our adventure. After saying goodbye to their parents and guardians, the participants will have an active role in packing our essential meals and gear for the trip. We will then drive a short distance to the trailhead and embark on our journey into Johns Brook Valley. We’ll hike 3.5 miles into our backcountry camping spot near Johns Brook Lodge – our basecamp for the next 3 nights. On Days 2 & 3 we will hike to various High Peak mountaintops and waterfalls throughout the Johns Brook Valley. Along the way we will learn backcountry camping skills, debate wilderness ethics, and play various games at our campsite each evening. On Day 4, we’ll hike out to The Garden trailhead in the morning, and we will be ready to meet parents or guardians by 12:00pm at ADK’s Education Yurt Village. This trip will be physically demanding, especially if the weather is poor. Participants should expect long days and tired feet.
All group equipment (stoves, fuel bottles, cook sets, water filters, tents, first aid kit, etc.) and meals and snacks (Day 1 Lunch through Day 4 Breakfast) will be provided by ADK. Otherwise, participants are expected to provide their own personal equipment listed in the link above. Hygienic products and other items with a scent (bug spray, sun screen, etc.) should be small in size and limited in quantity to fit inside the bear canisters. Travel-sized items are great! Please let us know well in advance if you require any equipment.
Prior hiking experience and the ability to carry a heavy pack for 5+ miles is required.
Good physical condition, proper clothing, and proper equipment are a must.
ADK members receive a 10% discount on programs and lodging. To reserve lodging at the Adirondak Loj, please call the Adirondack Mountain Club at (518) 523-3441 or book online.
If you have any questions about the program please contact Tyler Socash, ADK’s Education Programs Coordinator, at (518) 523-3480 x 120 or by email at email@example.com
We look forward to meeting you. Come prepared to learn and to have fun!
For Ages: 14 to 17