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Teen Programs

On this page you will find the information for overnight teen programs. These programs are only open to youth ages 13-18. Teens are also welcome to attend all day programs. Please check our program calendar for more information on those! 

Teen Outdoor Adventures are multi-day backpacking trips in the White Mountains. We hike up and around some of the most beautiful mountains in the world, sleep at campgrounds and AMC huts, eat delicious backpacking food like GORP (Google it), and take in the fresh air and wise lessons of nature.

Our Teen Outdoor Adventures are offered at no cost to our families thanks to the fundraising efforts of our board and generous community support. In addition, On Belay provides food, transportation to and from designated locations, and the clothing and equipment necessary for each participant. We are able to do this in part because of the amazing generosity of AMCs Youth Opportunities Program.

For a glimpse into a Teen Outdoor Adventure check out the great video below. Many thanks to Phil Vaughn and his crew at Windows to the Wild for joining us on our adventures with the AMC.  We encourage you to check out more of the fantastic work of Windows to the Wild at NHPTV.

The next Teen Outdoor Adventure details:

July 11-14, 2017 

  • Ages 13-18*
  • 8 spaces available
  • Recommended for first time participants in Teen Outdoor Adventure or for previous TOA participants who would like to gain more experience hiking.
  • *Must be 13-18 at the time of registration

Itinerary: This year we will be heading back to Crawford Notch to stay at the Mizpah Spring Hut and hike up Mount Pierce and the surrounding area!!

How to Register:

Each trip has a limited number of spaces. Registration will be conducted via lottery and will begin on April 3rd and end on April 3oth. To register your child for a Teen Outdoor Adventure, please register online between those dates.

You will receive confirmation via email that your registration was received and will be notified by phone by May 2nd if your child’s name was drawn during the lottery. Once the trips are full all other names drawn will be added to the wait list.

Please note: Once the lottery has been conducted we will notify you by phone by May 2nd if your child’s name was drawn and ask you to confirm your child’s ability to participate. If, at that time, your child is unable to participate we will contact those names on the wait list by phone. All others will be notified by email which spot they hold on the wait list.

For more specific information about each of these trips please contact:

Kyle Jacoby @ 866 442 3529 or by email at kyle@on-belay.org

The Teen Climbing Trip is a new program for 2017! This program has two parts. The first part is a normal evening rock gym program full of climbing and games with everyone. The second part is an outdoor climbing trip for 10 teens the following day. Those 10 teens will stay overnight at the gym and head out in the morning.

The EVO Rock program and Climbing trip is offered at no cost to our families. This is in large part to the generosity of the Portland EVO Rock Gym ownership. We thank them for their generosity and continued partnership with On Belay!

Photo Source: EVO Portland Facebook Page

EVO Portland and Climbing Trip Details:

  • Sept 23th-24th, 2017
  • You must attend the whole weekend to go on the climbing trip
  • Youth ages 13-18 can attend. You must have attended at least one On Belay program before coming on this trip.
  • 10 spaces available
  • All skill levels are welcome!
  • Note: Teens do not need to go on the second day climbing trip in order to go to the first day rock gym program. Just sign up for the EVO Rock Gym program when registration normally opens.

How to Register:

The climbing trip has a limited number of spaces. Registration will be conducted via lottery and will begin on June 1st and end on June 30th. To register your child for the climbing trip, please register online between those dates.

You will receive confirmation via email that your registration was received and will be notified by phone on July 3rd if your child’s name was drawn during the lottery. Priority will be given to teens who did not get to attend the Teen Outdoor Adventure. Once the trip is full all other names drawn will be added to the wait list.

Please note: Once the lottery has been conducted we will notify you by phone by July 3rd if your child’s name was drawn and ask you to confirm your child’s ability to participate. If, at that time, your child is unable to participate we will contact those names on the wait list by phone. All others will be notified by email which spot they hold on the wait list.

For more specific information about each of these trips please contact:

Kyle Jacoby @ 866 442 3529 or by email at kyle@on-belay.org

We are so glad you want to register for one of our upcoming teen programs! Please return to this tab when the registration time is open to fill out the form. In case you forgot or missed it, the registration window for each program is below:

Teen Outdoor Adventure: Opens April 3rd and ends on April 3oth

Teen Climbing Trip: Opens June 1st and ends on June 30th

If you have any questions please contact:

Kyle Jacoby @ 866 442 3529 or by email at kyle@on-belay.org