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ACMG/MEC Adventure Access Program for Youth
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Kids were meant to play outside. To explore. To challenge themselves. To grow. Both common sense and recent research tell us that getting youth in the out of doors benefits them in countless ways.

The Adventure Access program helps give Canadian youth the opportunity to experience outdoor adventures like mountaineering, waterfall ice climbing, ski touring, snowshoeing, rock climbing, hiking or backpacking.

Most schools and youth groups do not have qualified leaders for these types of activities, and even if they do, they can’t get insurance or permits. Many don’t have the funds to hire guides.

The Adventure Access program is a partnership between the ACMG and Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), in which one to three days of the cost of a certified ACMG guide is fully covered. Professional guides and instructors manage risks well, open up greater learning opportunities, and increase enjoyment.

Groups that have previously been awarded Adventure Access subsidies include public and private school outdoor programs, Girl Guides and Scout troops, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA organizations, camps, and more.

If you work or volunteer with these types of groups, please click on the "How To Apply" tab above. And tell the kids to go play outside!

youth icon Adventure Access Program How to Apply

Both Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC) and the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) believe strongly in the importance of connecting young people with the outdoors. The Adventure Access program is a unique partnership between MEC and the ACMG. It enables youth to access outdoor adventures in the care of ACMG certified guides and instructors that they may not otherwise be able to experience.

The eligible age range is 8-18. This program is targeted at, but not limited to:

  • Elementary, middle and high school students
  • Public and private school outdoor programs
  • Girl Guide and Scout groups
  • Boys and Girls clubs
  • Camp participants
  • Similar youth groups

Before applying, please note:

  • The Adventure Access program pays for between one to three days of guide’s fees – the guide or instructor will directly invoice the ACMG after the trip
  • The youth group provides food, transportation, campground or hut fees, equipment, and similar logistics
  • The ACMG may be able to advise on, or even supply, some equipment in select situations
  • The number of youth served depends on the activity applied for. The youth group must provide at least one adult volunteer per a set number of youth participants to help with group management. Maximum ratios for one guide for one day:
    • Outdoor Top Roped Rock Climbing – Eight youth, two adult volunteers
    • Multi-pitch Rock Climbing – Two youth
    • Backcountry Ski Touring – Seven youth, one adult volunteer
    • Snowshoeing – Ten youth, two adult volunteers
    • Backpacking – Eight youth, one adult volunteer
    • Day Hiking – Nine youth, one adult volunteer
    • Mountaineering – Four youth, one adult volunteer
    • Outdoor Top Rope Ice Climbing – Four youth, one adult volunteer
  • Because there is a limit to the funds available, there is a selection process, and not every youth group will be granted the subsidy every time they apply – but keep trying! Even if you’re successful, you can apply as often as you want.
  • Application deadlines are April 1 and October 30

If you are interested in participating in this program, complete the online application form available in the link below.

Forms: These may take a little time to load and require Adobe Reader

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Important, these are fillable PDF forms:

  • Open the form and save it to your desktop
  • Complete the form and save it again
  • Attach the form to an email and send to


Please direct questions to Peter Tucker
ACMG Executive Director