Kids on the Trail!
A Challenge to Encourage Hiking With Our Children
Challenge yourself, challenge the kids in your life, and get to know the Adirondacks better
The Adirondack Park offers many hikes perfectly suited to introducing children
to the variety of nature's splendors. From easy walks along mountain streams
to more demanding trails, hiking can play an important role in children's formative
years. Parents as well as other relatives and family friends can provide hiking
opportunities. Kids respond readily to the wonders of nature; make sure they
see the real thing!
Originally shceduled to end in December 2003, the Challenge has been extended indefinitely. Challenge participants come from all across New York State and from many other states and Canadian provinces. Here are a few of their comments:
"I am writing to let you know that our family has completed "The Challenge" and we couldn't have enjoyed oursleves more. What a terrific way to get to know and love the Adirondacks. Each hike was a treasure and some even had some extra bonuses. We saw a black bear on Black Bear Mountain, swam in Crane's Pond on Crane Mountain, filled ourselves with blueberries atop Cathead Mountain, crept through the cave-lie crevices atop Pitchoff, and had our breath swept away by Rocky Falls. the summer of '98 will go down as one of the best we've ever had". Roberta Nahill
"We wanted to explore some new areas, and this was a good guide to know what would be suitable for children". Brian Murphy
"The Challenge may have ended but we look forward to visiting other places on the list that we didn't go to. Thank you Laurentian Chapter for providing this challenge. It was a most rewarding experience for us all." Michael and Kim Holz
"Part of the reason for this letter is to tell you that my mother, Mary Neumann, who will be 77 years old this month, accompanied us on many of the hikes. She is also looking forward to more hiking, including a planned trip to Black Mountain this fall". Jim Neumann
"This Challenge is a great way to get kids involved - it definitely motivated my daughter to do all the hikes which resulted in terrific experiences and great memboreis for both of us." Stephaie Schiavoni
"We are all home schooling our kids so we decided to do this Challenge all together with our kids (5 years old up to 15 years old). I send to you a picture of our group. Four moms with 14 kids! Thanks to the dads who let us do these day trips. Thanks also to all of you for this wonderful challenge". Sylvia Chenier
"We loved getting into areas of the Adirondacks that we probably would not have gone to if not for the challenge and the great book "Kids ont he Trail". You should continue this challenge for years to come." Ganette Marino
The above excerpted from Kids on the Trail!
The Kids on the Trail Patch
You do not need to be a member of the Adirondack Mountain Club to take part
in this challenge. If you do wish to join, ADK chapters often plan fun activities
to help you learn more about nature, the protection of our environment, and
To receive a patch, children must complete at least two hikes from each section
of the Adirondacks for a total of 16 hikes. Print the Kids
on the Trail Challenge Report Form, circle the hikes completed and add any
comments you wish to make, including the dates of hikes. Each hiker should complete
a form with his/her comments (the latter can be dictated). Adults may partake
in the Challenge as long as children are along on each of the hikes.
David Trithart/Rose Rivezzi
11 Barclay St.
Potsdam, N.Y. 13676
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