Activities for AMC Boston Family Outings

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Beginner Hiking Program (BHP) for Families, April - June 2018, Boston Area

Saturday, April 7, 2018 12:00 AM to Saturday, June 30, 2018 12:00 AM

Have you ever wanted to take your family for a hike? Not sure where to go, what to bring, or how to convince your kids it will be fun? Then join us for the new Beginner Hiking Program for Families! Registering your family for this program will give you access to kid-friendly, beginner through more advanced, hikes with other families. Hike locations will mainly be Metro Boston / Eastern MA with some options for NH and the White Mountains.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Amy Kelliher amycbkelliher@gmail.com
Carrie McMillen carriemcmillen@gmail.com

AMC Cold River Camp, North Chatham, NH

Saturday, June 23, 2018 12:00 AM to Saturday, June 30, 2018 12:00 AM

Enjoy AMC Cold River Camp 2 kids under 12 FREE per paying adult the week of June 23 - 30. Located on the NH/ME border in North Chatham, NH ~ 3-hours from the Boston area. Offering an authentic New England hiking camp experience since 1919. Private rustic cabins, comfortable lodge, delicious family-style break-fasts and dinners, and trail lunches. Hike, swim, paddle, bike, or simply relax. Daily-led hikes. Reservations and information: http://www.amccoldrivercamp.org/Pages/reservInfo.html

Trip details

Activity: 
Bicycling
Conservation
Hiking
Paddling
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Jeanne Blauner jablauner@comcast.net (978-202-5606)
Registrar: 
Lois Winker amccrcinquiry@gmail.com (914-747-3194; before 9 PM)

AMC Echo Lake Camp, Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, Maine

Saturday, June 23, 2018 12:00 AM to Saturday, June 30, 2018 12:00 AM

Enjoy AMC Echo Lake Camp and all Acadia National Park has to offer one kid age 15 and under FREE per paying adult the week of June 23 - 30.

Trip details

Activity: 
Conservation
Critical Treasure
Hiking
Walks
Trip state: 
ME
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Jeanne Blauner jablauner@comcast.net (978-202-5606)

Family AMC Shapleigh Bunkhouse: Mountain Views and Cool Waterfalls the Weekend Before the 4th of July, Crawford Notch, NH

Saturday, June 30, 2018 12:00 AM to Monday, July 2, 2018 12:00 AM

Looking for fun for the family the weekend before the 4th? Join us at the Shapleigh Bunkhouse, Crawford Notch! We'll have a grand time hiking, cooling off in water falls, socializing, and partaking in great food!

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
David Beck davidbeckrph@comcast.net (508-361-0508)
Registrar: 
David Beck davidbeckrph@comcast.net (508-361-0508)

AMC Cold River Camp, North Chatham, NH

Saturday, June 30, 2018 12:00 AM to Saturday, July 7, 2018 12:00 AM

Enjoy AMC Cold River Camp 2 kids under 12 FREE per paying adult the week of June 30 - July 7, 2018. Located on the NH/ME border in North Chatham, NH ~ 3-hours from the Boston area. Offering an authentic New England hiking camp experience since 1919. Private rustic cabins, comfortable lodge, delicious family-style break-fasts and dinners, and trail lunches. Hike, swim, paddle, bike, or simply relax. Daily-led hikes. Reservations and information: http://www.amccoldrivercamp.org/Pages/reservInfo.html

Trip details

Activity: 
Bicycling
Conservation
Hiking
Paddling
Walks
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Jeanne Blauner jablauner@comcast.net (978-202-5606)
Registrar: 
Lois Winker amccrcinquiry@gmail.com (914-747-3194; before 9 PM)

Annual Family Bicycle Camping Weekend, Harold Parker State Forest, Andover, MA

Friday, July 6, 2018 3:00 PM to Sunday, July 8, 2018 11:00 AM

We are excited to offer this great family trip for the 4th time, returning to the same location as last year. On Saturday, we will have a 15-20 mile ride punctuated by stops for lunch and ice cream. Group-prepared meals at the campground will include Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast & dinner, and Sunday breakfast at the campground. The beautiful wooded park offers swimming, canoeing, fishing, and trails for hiking & mountain biking. This trip is limited to 7 families, so please sign up early.

Trip details

Activity: 
Bicycling - Road
Camping
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Howard Loree (617-780-6334; eve)

Howard Loree has been leading trips for the AMC Boston Family Outings Committee since 2015. He has completed AMC Boston Leadership, Wilderness First Aid, and CPR training. Howard enjoys hiking with his wife Ann and 16 yo daughter Sophie, competing in triathlons, and both downhill & XC skiing. He serves as VP of R&D for two startup medical device companies in the Boston area.

Paul Pichetti (617-590-6802; eve)
Coleader: 
Sheldon Cooperman (781-718-3134; evening)
Registrar: 
Howard Loree howard.loree@alum.mit.edu

Family Camping & Paddling Weekend, Barton Cove, Gill, MA

Friday, July 20, 2018 4:00 PM to Sunday, July 22, 2018 11:00 AM

Come join us for a Multi-Chapter/Multi-Committee weekend Family Camping & Paddling @ Barton Cove, Gill, MA. Learn paddling & camping techniques. We will have lots of camping fun, and lots of paddling time! Overnight camping & outdoor cooking at it's best with S'More's galore at an evening campfire. Participate in a local hike, or maybe a night hike and star gazing.

You get to camp in your own tent at our group site with water views, and share in communal meal prep and camp chores throughout the weekend with like minded families.

Trip details

Activity: 
Camping
Hiking
Instruction (Skills)
Paddling
Paddling - Flatwater
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Margo CHapski familyprograms@amcberkshire.org
Jeanne Blauner jablauner@comcast.net (978-202-5606)

Jeanne has led trips for 45+ years for summer camps, college outings, Sierra Club, and AMC. Currently Jeanne heads up AMC Boston Family Outings and loves getting families and kids outdoors. Jeanne also leads for AMC Adventure Travel, having led to Switzerland and Peru/Machu Picchu.

Coleader: 
Dee Dice familyprograms@amcberkshire.org (508-566-9565)
Ingrid Molnar
Registrar: 
Dee Dice familyprograms@amcberkshire.org (508-566-9565; Tuesday or Wednesday, 7-9 PM)

Family Camping on Cape Cod, Nickerson State Park, Brewster, MA

Friday, August 24, 2018 12:00 AM to Monday, September 3, 2018 12:00 AM

We will camp at Nickerson State Park, a short walk from the beach at Flax Pond, where there is swimming, non-motorized boating, frog catching, biking and general fun. CHOOSE THE DAYS YOU WOULD LIKE TO COME! Great for kids/teens of all ages. Convenient to the Outer Cape and local attractions, bike trails, and bayside beaches. Informal group activities may include group biking trips, swimming and excursions. Group size is 25-30. Group site for tenting. Breakfast and dinner included. Costs: Adults/Teens $22/night, kids: (ages 3-12) $15/night, 2 and under free.

Trip details

Activity: 
Bicycling
Camping
Hiking
Walks
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Naomi Ribner tonaomirose@gmail.com
Paul Pichetti paul_pick@verizon.net (617-590-6802; 6-9 pm or best to text anytime.)
Lisa Renee Spring spring3renee@yahoo.com (857-237-7869)
Joanna Jung jjinbox@verizon.net (617-549-2812)
Coleader: 
Peter Fraunholtz salida04@yahoo.com
Chandra Leela Velpula cvelpula@yahoo.com

AMC Echo Lake Camp, Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, Maine

Saturday, August 25, 2018 12:00 AM to Saturday, September 1, 2018 12:00 AM

Enjoy AMC Echo Lake Camp and all Acadia National Park has to offer one kid age 15 and under FREE per paying adult the week of August 25 - September 1.

Trip details

Activity: 
Critical Treasure
Hiking
Paddling
Sailing
Walks
Trip state: 
ME
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Jeanne Blauner jablauner@comcast.net (978-202-5606)

Jeanne has led trips for 45+ years for summer camps, college outings, Sierra Club, and AMC. Currently Jeanne heads up AMC Boston Family Outings and loves getting families and kids outdoors. Jeanne also leads for AMC Adventure Travel, having led to Switzerland and Peru/Machu Picchu.

Family AMC Lonesome Lake Hut Overnight, Franconia Notch, NH

Saturday, August 25, 2018 10:00 AM to Sunday, August 26, 2018 12:00 PM

Join us for a fun overnight at family-friendly Lonesome Lake hut. This is the perfect trip for parents/guardians/grandparents! We hike 1.6 miles to the hut (and gain 1000' vertical feet) at a kid friendly pace (~1-1.5 miles/hr); the route crosses 2 bridges and features a few mild rock scrambles, and the moderate incline is moderated by switchbacks. We will stop along the way for snacks, a look at nature and possibly for lunch by the lake. Once at the hut, you will have free time to enjoy a swim and explore. Sunday, we will hike around the lake and back to our cars.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Carrie McMillen carriemcmillen@gmail.com
Liz Little lizklittle@gmail.com

Harold Parker Family Canoeing, Hiking, and Primitive Camping Overnight, Stearns Pond, Andover, MA

Saturday, August 25, 2018 10:00 AM to Sunday, August 26, 2018 2:00 PM

Join us for a night out with a fire and Smores and family friendly canoe experience coupled with hikes thru Harold Parker State Forest and adjacent Trails. We will relish the night out experience sleeping next to a pond in a tent with the sleeping bag and pad for bedding. The presence of other families......and of course canoeing and walks will give everyone a short but fun filled outdoors overnight. Canoes, life jackets and instruction is included. Camping is primitive (no running water or flush toilets not to speak of showers). Cost/person: Adults $30; Kids: $20.

Trip details

Activity: 
Paddling - Canoeing
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Brian s Witkov animalhc@aol.com (978-807-4901; after 7 pm)

Brian is a seasoned hiker and backpacker. His interests are fitness and nature, with a strong fondness for urban parks and anything involving the Olmsteads..thats right ..it was a family business. Brian enjoys leading urban walking trips as well as 4 season trips for families in Boston and new Hampshire. Both backpacks as well as hikes are interesting and fun for children and their families. Within the last year, he has been involved with shelter, hut and all season experiences in the whites.

Jeanne Blauner jablauner@comcast.net (978-202-5606)

Jeanne has led trips for 45+ years for summer camps, college outings, Sierra Club, and AMC. Currently Jeanne heads up AMC Boston Family Outings and loves getting families and kids outdoors. Jeanne also leads for AMC Adventure Travel, having led to Switzerland, Peru (Machu Picchu), and Morocco..

1st Annual Family Connecticut River Paddle Overnight, Montague, MA

Saturday, September 8, 2018 12:00 AM to Sunday, September 9, 2018 12:00 AM

Join Family Outings for our first annual Connecticut River Paddle Overnight. We put in at Montaque, MA and paddle 17 miles down the River, staying overnight at either AMC Hatchery Brook Campsite or AMC Whately Twin Oaks Campsite and taking out at Cow Bridge Brook Ramp (Hatfield Town Ramp). We supply the boats and food. We cook as a group with everyone pitching in.

Trip details

Activity: 
Camping
Paddling
Paddling - Canoeing
Paddling - Flatwater
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Jeanne Blauner jablauner@comcast.net (978-202-5606)

Jeanne has led trips for 45+ years for summer camps, college outings, Sierra Club, and AMC. Currently Jeanne heads up AMC Boston Family Outings and loves getting families and kids outdoors. Jeanne also leads for AMC Adventure Travel, having led to Switzerland, Peru (Machu Picchu), and Morocco..

Jeffrey Mayes me@jeffreymayes.com (781-248-9419)

Family AMC Carter Notch Hut Fall Overnight, White Mountains, NH

Saturday, September 22, 2018 10:00 AM to Sunday, September 23, 2018 12:00 AM

The AMC's Carter Notch Hut is the destination for this family adventure weekend. The Hut sits at the end of a moderate 3.8 mile hike in along the Nineteen Mile Brook Trail. It is surrounded by the towering cliffs of Wildcat and Carter Dome on either side, and there is a small lake just below the Hut. The Carter Notch Hut, which was built in 1914, has a main lodge with two detached bunk houses. Hiking there is a great way to introduce your kids to backpacking without the added work of bringing along a tent.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Stacia Biel amcstacia@yahoo.com (617-835-6532)

Stacia Biel has led over 25 adventure travel trips with the AMC, including family trips to the Canadian Rockies, Yellowstone National Park, Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island, and most recently to Iceland. She is the former chair of the AMC Adventure Travel Committee and a member of the Boston Chapter.

Eliza Grinnell eliza.grinnell@gmail.com (617-- x515; NCA 9.30 NCB 8.30)
Coleader: 
Suzanne Elkind swelkind07@gmail.com

Family Outings Committee Meeting and Trip Planning, Newton, MA

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Join Family Outings Tuesday evening September 25th from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Auburndale Library in Newton for our Family Outings Committee and Trip Planning Meeting. Light refreshments. Public meeting open to all. Great opportunity to get to know the group and see how volunteer-led AMC Family Outings are governed and trips are planned. The Boston Chapter's Family Outings Committee meets four times per year to discuss and plan. We have roughly 75+ active volunteers.

Trip details

Activity: 
Meetings
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Jeanne Blauner jablauner@comcast.net (978-202-5606)

Jeanne has led trips for 45+ years for summer camps, college outings, Sierra Club, and AMC. Currently Jeanne heads up AMC Boston Family Outings and loves getting families and kids outdoors. Jeanne also leads for AMC Adventure Travel, having led to Switzerland and Peru/Machu Picchu.

Columbus Day Weekend AMC Cardigan High Cabin Overnight, Alexandria, NH

Sunday, October 7, 2018 12:00 AM to Monday, October 8, 2018 12:00 AM

Enjoy fall hiking at its best with a small group of AMC Boston Families for this Columbus Day Weekend overnight at Cardigan High Cabin, a two mile hike (1450' elevation gain) from Cardigan Lodge and under half mile from the summit of Mt. Cardigan (3155'). High Cabin was built in 1931 and renovated in 2004 with new bunk beds, roof, woodstove and Clivus composting toilet. Trip best for kids 6 years and older. Cost of $50 for adults and $40 for kids includes dinner and breakfast.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Denise Boucher denisegirish@yahoo.com (978-470-0243)
Registrar: 
Denise Boucher denisegirish@yahoo.com (978-470-0243)

Columbus Day Weekend Family AMC Carter Notch Hut Overnight, White Mountains, NH

Sunday, October 7, 2018 12:00 AM to Monday, October 8, 2018 12:00 AM

Join us Columbus Day weekend on a trip to AMC Carter Notch Hut (self service). Fall folliage views of Mt Washington & northern Presidentials and Wildcat mountains, & hike two 4,000 footers.

Trip details

Activity: 
Backpacking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Canceled
Leader: 
Mildred Mugica millie.mugica@gmail.com
Meredith DiMola meredithdemola@gmail.com (617-458-1744)
Registrar: 
MeredithDiMola meredithdemola@gmail.com (617-458-1744)

Calumet Family Fall Hiking Weekend in Ossipee, NH

Friday, October 12, 2018 12:00 AM to Sunday, October 14, 2018 12:00 AM

Join AMC Family Outings for a fun, active and relaxing Fall Weekend roughly 2 ½ hours north of Boston at Calumet lodge & cabins. On the edge of Lake Ossipee, Calumet offers a nice base to explore the White Mountains. We will do 2 hikes, each approximately 3+ miles with ~900-1000 feet of elevation gain/loss. Kids must be able to hike on their own or be carried. This weekend includes accommodations, all meals, activities, & down time for kids & adults. Campfire on the beach with s'mores Saturday night, weather permitting.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Stacia Biel amcstacia@yahoo.com (617-835-6532)

Stacia Biel has led over 25 adventure travel trips with the AMC, including family trips to the Canadian Rockies, Yellowstone National Park, Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island, and most recently to Iceland. She is the former chair of the AMC Adventure Travel Committee and a member of the Boston Chapter.

Laurene Poland ljpoland@msn.com (508-728-1373)

Laurene has been hiking and camping for over 30 years. She recently became an AMC leader to share her passion with her family and other like minded families.

Family Halloween AMC Lonesome Lake Hut Overnight, Franconia Notch, NH

Saturday, October 27, 2018 12:00 AM to Sunday, October 28, 2018 12:00 AM

Enjoy an early Halloween Celebration with a small group of families at AMC Lonesome Lake Hut the Saturday night before Halloween. This is a great trip for families with some experience hiking! We will hike 1.6 miles, (~1,000 ' elevation gain) to the hut at a kid friendly pace. We carry our sleeping bags, lunches and snacks, water and mountain gear. The group carries in supplies for dinner and breakfast and prepares it together in the hut kitchen. We have free time at the hut to explore, enjoy the breathtaking views of Franconia Ridge across the pristine glacial lake, and relax.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Jeanne Blauner jablauner@comcast.net (978-202-5606)

Jeanne has led trips for 45+ years for summer camps, college outings, Sierra Club, and AMC. Currently Jeanne heads up AMC Boston Family Outings and loves getting families and kids outdoors. Jeanne also leads for AMC Adventure Travel, having led to Switzerland, Peru (Machu Picchu), and Morocco..

Family Halloween AMC Carter Notch Hut Overnight, White Mountains, NH

Saturday, October 27, 2018 12:00 AM to Sunday, October 28, 2018 12:00 AM

The AMC's Carter Notch Hut, known to be haunted, is the perfect destination for this family Halloween Saturday night overnight (more on that later). We backpack in 3.8 miles with 2,050' elevation gain along the Nineteen Mile Brook Trail arriving at the hut with a small lake and surrounded by the towering cliffs of Wildcat and Carter Dome on either side.

Trip details

Activity: 
Backpacking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Brian Witkov animalhc@aol.com (978-535-4263; after 7 pm)

brian has been an outdoors advocate for several decades and hs enjoyed leading family backpacks, walks and hikes in mass and new Hampshire for several years.

Family AMC Lonesome Lake Hut Overnight, Franconia Notch, NH

Saturday, November 3, 2018 12:00 AM to Sunday, November 4, 2018 12:00 AM

This is a great trip for families with some experience hiking! We hike 1.6 miles, (950 ' elevation gain) to the hut at a kid-friendly pace. Late fall hiking is awesome with views unobstructed by leaves, cool temperatures, and no bugs. We carry our sleeping bags, lunches and snacks, water and mountain gear. The group carries in supplies for dinner and breakfast and prepares it together in the hut kitchen. We have free time at the hut to explore, enjoy the breathtaking views of Franconia Ridge across the pristine glacial lake, and relax.

Trip details

Activity: 
Backpacking
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Denise Boucher denisegirish@yahoo.com (978-470-0243)

Family Thanksgiving Weekend AMC Shapleigh Bunkhouse, Crawford Notch, NH

Friday, November 23, 2018 12:00 AM to Sunday, November 25, 2018 12:00 AM

Join other families for a weekend in beautiful Crawford Notch, NH! AMC Boston Family Outings has reserved the Shapleigh Bunkhouse (next to the Highland Center) for Friday and Saturday nights after Thanksgiving. Great hiking, socializing, and fun with the family. Late fall hiking is awesome with views unobstructed by leaves, cool temperatures, and no bugs! Hikes will be designed to fit the ages and interests of the kids including a hike up Mt. Willard (3.2 miles RT) with gorgeous views down into Crawford Notch ….a classic "big bang for your buck" hike.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
David Beck davidbeckrph@comcast.net (508-361-0508)
Registrar: 
David Beck davidbeckrph@comcast.net (508-361-0508)

Family Thanksgiving AMC Lonesome Lake Hut Overnight, Franconia Notch, NH

Saturday, November 24, 2018 12:00 AM to Sunday, November 25, 2018 12:00 AM

Enjoy turkey w/cranberry sauce and pecan pie with a small group of families at AMC Lonesome Lake Hut the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This is a great trip for families with some experience hiking! We hike 1.6 miles, (950 ' elevation gain) to the hut at a kid-friendly pace. Late fall hiking is awesome with views unobstructed by leaves, cool temperatures, and no bugs. We carry our sleeping bags, lunches and snacks, water and mountain gear. The group carries in supplies for dinner and breakfast and prepares it together in the hut kitchen.

Trip details

Activity: 
Backpacking
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Jeanne Blauner jablauner@comcast.net (978-202-5606)

Jeanne has led trips for 45+ years for summer camps, college outings, Sierra Club, and AMC. Currently Jeanne heads up AMC Boston Family Outings and loves getting families and kids outdoors. Jeanne also leads for AMC Adventure Travel, having led to Switzerland and Peru/Machu Picchu.

Family Thanksgiving AMC Cardigan High Cabin Overnight, Alexandria, NH

Saturday, November 24, 2018 12:00 AM to Sunday, November 25, 2018 12:00 AM

Enjoy turkey w/cranberry sauce and pecan pie with a small group of AMC Boston Families for this Thanksgiving Weekend overnight at Cardigan High Cabin, a two mile hike (1450' elevation gain) from Cardigan Lodge and under half mile from the summit of Mt. Cardigan (3155'). High Cabin was built in 1931 and renovated in 2004 with new bunk beds, roof, woodstove and Clivus composting toilet. Trip best for kids 6 years and older. Cost of $50 for adults and $40 for kids includes dinner and breakfast.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Denise Boucher denisegirish@yahoo.com (978-470-0243)
Registrar: 
Denise Boucher denisegirish@yahoo.com (978-470-0243)