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.
In late July, a group of 10 alumni students from the outdoor based youth mentoring organization, Trekkers, embarked on a five-day/four-night canoe expedition down the Penobscot River. With two leaders and the experience of one of Trekkers’ founding volunteers, Maine Guide Al LaPlante, the group… Read More
Trekkers Wild St. Croix
Thanks to Freya for writing up the log! Thanks to the alumni that participated in this experience…let’s do it again sometime. Thanks to Al LaPlante, for your wisdom and your dutch oven magic.
Mon Aug 16, 2010
Five Days on the St. Croix
Day 1- Today we departed ear… Read More
15 Trekkers, from various grades spent 5 days on the St. Croix, fishing, swiming, canoeing, and enjoying the wilderness. Below are the photographes from their adventure.
A big thanks goes out to Al for being such a wonderful leader and providing us with excellent food.
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14 students backed up their dry bags and headed off into the wild for 5 days of canoeing on the St. Croix River.
Mon Aug 21, 2006
We set out Monday morning at about 7:00 am from GVHS, everyone half asleep, headed north. After about two hours of driving and a much needed coolata stop at Dunkin Donut… Read More
Nine Students and 3 adults went out on the Allagash from August 21st to the 26th. We started at Allagash Lake and ended at Chamberlain Lake.
Sun Aug 21, 2005
Welcome back Trekkers fans! Off we go again! We figure we’ve already been to California in the pouring rain, NYC in 102 degree he… Read More
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