8th Grade

Trekkers offers two groups of 8th graders a year-long program that includes a 3-day expedition in the fall and a 10-day expedition in the summer. Students participate in pre-trip planning meetings throughout the school year with Trekker adult volunteers to plan and implement the expedition. During the meetings, students are involved in team-building exercises, problem-solving initiatives, and consensus decision-making. Students design the expeditions around five-educational components: Service Learning, Cultural Awareness, Environmental education, Adventure-based Education, and Wilderness Component.

The mission of the Advanced Trekkers program is to introduce students to the diversity of cultures, people, traditions and natural resources that exist outside the focus of their everyday lives.


8th Grade News and Expedition Reports:
Trekkers 8th Grade Students from Team K2 Complete 10-Day Expedition

Trekkers 8th Grade Students from Team K2 Complete 10-Day Expedition

Trekkers Team K2 hiking Mt. Osceola in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire. Eleven 8th grade Advanced Trekkers, along with seven adult leaders, returned to Maine on July 16 after completing their 10-day educational expedition. Team K2 first boarded the Trekkers’ bus on July 7 to begin their travels thr… Read More

Trekkers 8th Grade Students from Team Everest Complete 10-Day Expedition

Trekkers 8th Grade Students from Team Everest Complete 10-Day Expedition

Trekkers’ Team Everest at the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Twelve 8th grade Advanced Trekkers, along with six student and adult leaders, recently returned from a 10-day educational expedition. This group of 8th graders, known as Team Everest, was the first group of students to complete their… Read More

Team Everest Advanced Trekkers Expedition 2016!

Team Everest Advanced Trekkers Expedition 2016!

  Day #1: Driving to Vermont Hi, Skylar here from the team Everest 8th grade trip Blog! Yesterday we left for the trip. It was a six-hour drive, but it didn’t feel that long because of all the fun we had on the bus. I personally loved getting to know some of the leaders and students that I usually don’t t… Read More

Team Everest - May Overnight!

Team Everest – May Overnight!

On Friday, May 27th, Team Everest hopped onto Daisy for an overnight experience in Camden Hills State Park to prepare for the Advanced Trekkers core expedition right around the corner at the end of June. Before heading out, everyone happily joined in some goofy games led by Shane, then we all headed off to H… Read More

Trekkers Announces Interim Executive Director

Trekkers Announces Interim Executive Director

Pen Williamson, Trekkers Interim Executive Director We are pleased to announce that Pen Williamson will serve as our organization’s Interim Executive Director starting January 19th. Williamson is an experienced leader who brings over 40 years of experience advocating for the positive develop… Read More

Advanced Trekkers “Team K2” hiked Mount Megunticook in Camden Hills State Park.

Trekkers’ Team K2 Celebrates “It’s Fall Y’all!” with Short Trek in Mid-October

Advanced Trekkers “Team K2” hiked Mount Megunticook in Camden Hills State Park. Trekkers’ 8th grade Team K2 completed a three-day “It’s Fall Y’all!” expedition in mid-October to kick off their Advanced Trekkers program. The focus of this local, short-term expedition was to provide an… Read More