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.
Requirements: 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.
JUNE 23–28 JOHNS BROOK LODGE, HPWA Project: Install new trail and harden trail as needed. Participants will camp in tents and lean-to.
JULY 21-25: CASCADE MOUNTAIN Project: Participants will stone turnpiking using native materials quarried on site. Participants will load all of the tools, food, and personal items, and hike 3 miles to reach their camp. Once there participants will hike 1/2 mile to and from the worksite each day. Participants will camp at a Lean-to if space is available, if not they will be sleeping in tents provided by the ADK.
AUG. 4–9: SEVENTH LAKE CANOE TRIP, FCWA Project: Rehabilitate and clean campsites. Participants will camp in tents.
High School Scholarship
In keeping with the Adirondack Mountain Club’s dedication to the conservation and preservation of New York State’s parks, preserves and wild spaces, each year the Schenectady Chapter of the ADK awards a $500 scholarship (along with a one-year membership to the ADK) to a high school senior in the Schenectady area who shows an interest in the preservation and protection of the environment. The scholarship is open to all area high school students.
Requirements: Eligible candidates are seniors who will be be pursuing, in September of the upcoming academic year, a course of study in a field such as, but not limited to, forestry, marine biology, conservation or environmental science.
To apply: Interested candidates should submit an essay describing their motivation for pursuing their particular course of study, their future goals,and any current or past activities that show their commitment to protecting the environment.
Submissions should include the following information, and be submitted as a PDF or Word file: Name, Address, Phone Number, Email, Parent’s Name(s), Name of High School, Name of College attending in September.
Please also include the name, phone number and/or email of a reference we
may contact who is able to validate the commitment described.
Applications are due by April 15 and should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org (Subject Line: ADK HS Scholarship).
Questions? Call Jacqueline McGinn, HS Scholarship Project Coordinator at 518-281-3673 or email her at email@example.com.