Trekkers Wild

Trekkers Wild is an annual backpacking or canoe expedition in the Maine wilderness. 10-15 students or alumni are eligible to participate. This program is named in remembrance of Don Isikoff, one of Trekkers’ first and most dedicated adult mentors. Don was a community-minded man, who came to love Trekkers after moving to midcoast Maine. He believed in the work that our organization does with local youth, and made it a point to participate in a Trekkers program each year. Through his involvement in the expeditions, Don shared his passion for the great outdoors with the young adults who participated in the program. He was a wonderful role model who clearly loved Maine rivers, canoes, back-country camping, and working with small groups.

Don Isikoff passed away in August 2009. A special memorial fund was created by his family in the summer of 2011 as a way of honoring Don’s memory. This memorial fund will help Trekkers provide a Maine wilderness experience to future students and alumni.

Trekkers Wild is held in late August. Students begin the program by participating in an outdoor training that is designed to develop the leadership, communication and decision-making skills required in the wilderness. During the expedition, students are responsible for navigation, food preparation and group discussions with guidance from Trekkers’ adult mentors. The overall goal of the program is to offer students the opportunity to gain greater confidence in their abilities as individuals while balancing their behavior and responsibility to others.


Trekkers Wild News and Expedition Reports:
2004 Trekkers Penobscot River Canoe Expedition

2004 Trekkers Penobscot River Canoe Expedition

Trip Log Trekkers took nine tenth and eleventh grade Trekkers down the Penobscott River for an adventure of a lifetime. Sun Aug 22, 2004 The Entire Trip This trip was truly one for the ages.  We left GVHS at 7:15am on Sunday, August 22nd and were on the water by 3:30pm paddling up Lobster Stream to get to our ca… Read More