Last week, Trekkers hosted its 9th annual “From the ‘Hood to the Woods” expedition at Blueberry Cove Camp in Tenants Harbor. This five-day expedition focuses on cultural exchange and diversity, with the Maine Trekkers group combining with a group from its sister organization, Urban Trekkers, from Camden, New Jersey.
In total, 26 students combined from the two groups and were accompanied by 11 adult mentors from both communities. During the five-day expedition, students explored Long Cove quarry and went lobstering off of Port Clyde with lobsterman Bobby Joe Polky. Many community volunteers assisted in cooking a large lobster bake dinner for the students, many of whom tried lobster for the first time.
During the week, the group also explored the coastline by sea kayaking with Port Clyde Kayaks and hiked on Monhegan Island, courtesy of Monhegan Island Boat Lines. They also took part in a talk regarding local food and the agricultural industry by Fred Kirschenmann, a speaker in the 2014 Camden Conference in Maine. There was also time to walk the Rockland Breakwater and visit Mt. Battie in Camden to take in the beautiful summit view.
The group ended their stay with a bowling night out at Oakland Park Bowling Lanes in Rockport and had ice cream at the Camden Cone. On the final morning, the group ended the expedition with a breakfast at Moody’s Diner in Waldoboro, a favorite newer tradition. It was sad to say goodbye to the Urban Trekkers group, but there was joy in all of the new friendships made. The trip was led by Trekkers Executive Director Don Carpenter and Urban Trekkers Founder/Director Jim Cummings.