Many of us are blessed with the opportunity to spend amazing adventure time in the outdoors. It's easy to forget that there are those, especially kids, who may find it more problematic to do so.
Kids were meant to play outside. To explore. To challenge themselves. To grow. But some activities because of local regulations, liability concerns or just common sense are best led by a certified outdoor guide or instructor. Professional guides and instructors manage risks well, open up greater learning opportunities and increase enjoyment, but also bump up costs. That's where Mountain Equipment Co-op is helping. They are providing funding to the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides in order to make ACMG guides and instructors more affordable for schools, clubs and other youth groups.
If you work or volunteer with these types of groups, click on the "How To Apply" tab above to find out more information. And go tell the kids to play outside.
Adventure Access Program
Outdoor Educators, School Teachers and Principals, Scout and Club leaders, Camp Directors and others who have custodial group responsibilities
The Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) is excited to announce a unique partnership with Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC) designed to enable youth to access climbing, hiking and backcountry skiing adventures in the care of ACMG certified guides and climbing instructors. Both organizations believe strongly in the importance of connecting young people with the outdoors and are now able to offer opportunities to make this happen.
This program is targeted at, but not limited to:
- Elementary, middle and high school students
- Guide and scout groups
- Boy's and girl's clubs
- Camp participants
The eligible age range is 8-18. Available programs include indoor and outdoor climbing, hiking, ski touring, waterfall ice climbing and general mountaineering. Group sizes will vary with the activity as outlined in the application form.
If you are interested in participating in this program, complete the online application form available in the link below.
As funding is limited, there is a selection process to determine which groups are awarded opportunities in a given year. The application provides us with the information on which to base those decisions.
Application deadlines: April 1 and October 30
Please direct questions to Peter Tucker
ACMG Executive Director
Forms: These may take a little time to load and require Adobe Reader
Important, these are fillable PDF forms:
- Open the form and save it to your desktop
- Fill in the form and save it again when completed
- Attach the form to an email and send to firstname.lastname@example.org