Schenectady Chapter Teen Trails Scholarship

Since 1986, thousands of volunteers have worked with trained ADK trail crew leaders to
give back to the trails they use by completing trail maintenance and reconstruction projects all over the Adirondacks and Catskills.  Each year, the Schenectady Chapter of ADK sponsors a local teen, providing the $285 fee so they can participate at no cost. 

The High School projects, listed below, are designed for high school aged teenagers who want to spend a week in the woods camping in the backcountry and experiencing trail work. 

Must be between the ages of 14 and 17 and live in the Schenectady Region.  Must have an interest in nature and outdoor activities; be willing to camp out in the  backcountry and to participate in a physically & mentally challenging trail project. 

To apply:
See the ADK webpage, below, submit your application for the Scholarship.  Please choose “Scholarship Page” to access the Schenectady Chapter Teen Trails Scholarship application.  Any questions please contact Project Coordinator Jacqueline McGinn at or 518-281-3673.

Applications must be received by April 15, 2018.

The Schenectady Chapter has been working on the new trail to Jones Hill so we would be especially excited to have one of our teens sign on to help with that one, however, applicants may choose their first and second choices from any of the available projects. 

June 24–29 Poke-o Moonshine, Taylor Pond Wild Forest
Project: Install new trail and harden trail as needed. Participants will camp in tents.
July 8–13: Pharaoh Lake, Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area
Project: Harden muddy sections of trail with rock. Participants will camp in tents. 
July 15–20: Jones Hill, Hoffman Notch Wilderness Area
Project: Install new trail. Participants will camp in tents.
July 22–27: Spruce Lake, West Canada Lakes Wilderness Area
Project: Install bog bridges with native timbers felled on site. Participants will camp in a lean-to.
July 29–August 3: Hurricane Mountain, Hurricane Mountain Wilderness
Project: Install rock retaining wall and rock staircase. Participants will camp in tents.
Aug. 5–10: Kaaterskill Falls, Kaaterskill Wild Forest
Project: Install rock steps and drainage structures. Participants will camp in tents.