This year, the Grants-to-Clubs program is open to any high school outing club in Maine that completes the online application at www.teenstotrails.org/grants-
“High school outing clubs are the most effective way we have found for engaging teens in their natural world, making safe outdoor experiences accessible to every student in the State,” said Carol Leone, founder of Teens To Trails, in a recent press release. “A growing body of research shows that unstructured time outdoors is critical to the health and well being of our young people.”
“Life was not meant to be a spectator sport,” Leone continued. “It is our goal to establish an outing club in every one of Maine’s high schools, and this Grants-to-Clubs program will help outing clubs get off the ground and become sustainable and customary school offerings.”
T3 is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the opportunities for Maine teens to experience the outdoors through a variety of programs that promote and support high school outing clubs. Their chief goal is to spread outing clubs across the state.
Eleven outing clubs received assistance last year: Biddeford High School, Cony High School, Deer Isle-Stonington High School, Deering High School, Dirigo High School, Maine Central Institute, Maine School of Science & Mathematics, Portland High School, South Portland High School, The New School and Thornton Academy.
They posted Flickr photos from their many outdoor adventures.
For information on the Grants-to-Clubs program, Teens To Trails and outing clubs, visit www.TeensToTrails.org.