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

Memorial Day Family Camping at White Lake State Park, Tamworth, NH

Friday, May 25, 2018 12:00 AM to Monday, May 28, 2018 12:00 AM

Join us for a fun family camping trip Memorial Day Weekend at White Lake State Park in the White Mountains just a little over 2 hour drive north of Boston! Enjoy White Mountain day hike 4 - 6 miles, swimming and boating on the lake (rentals available), castles on the beach, capture the flag, campfire and s'mores! Enjoy group meals, and the company of likeminded new friends. Adults $70 for the weekend (3 nights), Kids 18 and under $50 includes campsite, 2 dinners three breakfasts, s'mores and campfire.

Trip details

Activity: 
Camping
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Naomi Ribner tonaomirose@gmail.com
Paul Pichetti (617-590-6802; text message only please)

Memorial Day Weekend Family Camping at Tully Lake, Royalston, MA (BHP Level 1 & 2)

Friday, May 25, 2018 4:00 PM to Monday, May 28, 2018 11:00 AM

Join AMC families at this tent-only family friendly campground set on the shore of a 200 acre lake less than two hrs northwest of Boston. Enjoy roaring waterfalls a short walk away, Explore miles of hiking including the Tully Trail; great biking and paddling up the picturesque Tully River, or explore the lake's islands and inlets via boat, or swimming. Relax by the water or get out on it: bring your own kayak or canoe; or rent canoes, kayaks, fishing poles, GPS, or disc golf equipment. Maybe, just spend some time relaxing beneath the towering pine trees. Enjoy bird watching.

Trip details

Activity: 
Bicycling
Camping
Hiking
Paddling - Canoeing
Paddling - Flatwater
Walks
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Nancy Ryan Shearyan35@hotmail.com
Coleader: 
Kate Atanasova ekaterina_atanasova_bg@yahoo.com (774-232-6846)

Family Memorial Day Weekend Hiking, AMC Shapleigh Bunkhouse, Crawford Notch, NH (BHP Level 2)

Saturday, May 26, 2018 12:00 AM to Tuesday, May 29, 2018 12:00 AM

Join other families for a weekend in beautiful Crawford Notch, NH! AMC Boston Family Outings has rented Shapleigh Bunkhouse (next to the Highland Center) for Saturday and Sunday nights. Activities will be designed to fit the age range and interests of the group but will likely include a hike up Mt. Willard (3.2 miles RT) with its 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: 
Jennifer Sullivan Sulewski jensandsteves@gmail.com (857-231-6154; 7am-9pm)
Coleader: 
Chandra Leela Velpula cvelpula@yahoo.com (508-277-1379)

Memorial Day Family Weekend Backpack to AMC Galehead & Zealand Falls Huts, White Mountains, NH

Saturday, May 26, 2018 9:15 AM to Monday, May 28, 2018 12:00 AM

Family Memorial Day Weekend Backpack to AMC Galehead Hut (3,800 feet) & Zealand Falls Hut (2,700 feet), both still self service. Hike three 4,000 footers in spring.

Visit two AMC favorites. Galehead Hut is the most remote of the AMC High Huts with glorious views of the Pemigawasset Wilderness Area. Zealand Falls Hut is spectacularly situated on the side of Zealand Valley near Zealand Falls at the northern end of the Pemigewasset wilderness.

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 and Peru/Machu Picchu.

Coleader: 
Bill Fischelis Bfischelis@gmail.com (206-782-0567)

Family AMC Lonesome Lake Hut Memorial Day Overnight, Franconia Notch, NH

Sunday, May 27, 2018 12:00 AM to Monday, May 28, 2018 12:00 AM

Are you and your family ready for the fun and adventure of staying overnight at an AMC hut ... Overnight at the family-friendly Lonesome Lake hut, one of the most accessible in the Whites? We will hike 1.6 miles (and gain 1000' vertical feet) to the hut at a kid friendly pace. The route crosses 2 bridges and features a few mild rock scrambles, and the incline is moderated by switchbacks. Along the way, we will stop for snacks, look at nature and enjoy the views.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Stacia Biel amcstacia@yahoo.com (617-835-6532)
Coleader: 
Laurene Poland ljpoland@msn.com (508-728-1373)
Registrar: 
Laurene Poland ljpoland@msn.com (508-728-1373)

Family Scenic Hike and Drawing Workshop at Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, Natick, MA (BHP Level 1)

Saturday, June 2, 2018 12:00 AM

Join us for a beautiful walk along the picturesque waterways of Broadmoor wildlife sanctuary. Look out for dragonflies darting, turtles basking, otters leaving tracks in the mud or snow, and more than 150 species of birds. We'll end our journey on the boardwalk where we will have the opportunity to do some drawing with the guidance of 2 artists who will be on the hike. Or you can just relax and do some birdwatching.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Naomi Ribner tonaomirose@gmail.com
Coleader: 
Chandra Leela Velpula cvelpula@yahoo.com (508-277-1379)

Family Hike to Cardigan & Firescrew Mtns, Alexandria, NH (BHP Level 3)

Sunday, June 3, 2018 12:00 AM

Two peaks + bald summits + a fire tower + 360 degree view = Amazing Spring Hike! Join us for this lovely loop hike over both Firescrew and Cardigan Mtn summits for a total of about 5.6 miles and 1950 feet elevation gain. We will start at the AMC's Cardigan Lodge and take a comfortable moderate pace, enjoying the views and lunch at the summit. The hike will take most of the day with stops for lunch and to take in the views along the way.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Amy Kelliher amycbkelliher@gmail.com
Coleader: 
Rick Gershberg rgershberg@verizon.net (617-694-1060)

Family Hike to Welch & Dickey Mtns, Thorton, NH (BHP Level 3)

Sunday, June 10, 2018 12:00 AM

Join other families on the leader's favorite loop hike over Welch & Dickey Mountains at the southern end of NH's White Mountains (near Waterville Valley)! This exciting loop hike travels up exposed rock slabs with dramatic views and panoramas of Mt. Tripyramid and the Sandwich range. The hike is 4.4 miles and includes 1800 ft of elevation gain. This hike most appropriate for kids ages 6 and up. Although part of the Beginner Hiking Program for Families, a prior hike(s) is strongly recommended.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Amy Kelliher amycbkelliher@gmail.com
Coleader: 
Rick Gershberg rgershberg@verizon.net (617-694-1060)

Family Hike to Mount Watatic, Ashburnham, MA (BHP Level 2)

Sunday, June 10, 2018 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Join AMC Boston Family Outings for a moderate hike at Mount Watatic in Ashburnham, MA. We will take the Wapack Trail (1000' elevation gain) to the bold summit at a kid friendly pace. We will enjoy lunch at the top and then take the gentler Nutting Hill trail back to the parking lot. Total distance is approximately 3 miles. With luck and clear weather we will see Mount Monadnock in New Hampshire and Mount Wachusett in Massachusetts.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Laurene Poland ljpoland001@gmail.com (508-728-1373)
Coleader: 
Lisa MacPhee lisamacphee1@gmail.com (617-997-9603)

Family-friendly Bicycle Tour of Cape Cod National Seashore

Friday, June 15, 2018 5:00 PM to Sunday, June 17, 2018 3:00 PM

Family-friendly bicycle tour of Cape Cod: bicycle path, farmers' market, salt water taffy, ice cream, bakeries, lighthouses, & many beaches to play at.

We meet Friday evening in Eastham hostel, set in a wooded area with common space, eating area, open play space, & small shared cabins. We spend the weekend visiting many attractions along the Cape Cod Bicycle Trail going out to Orleans farmers' market, Nickerson State Park, Coast Guard beach, Nauset lighthouse, PB Boulangerie bakery, Flax pond, & much more.

Trip details

Activity: 
Bicycling
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Rami Haddad mcccxxv@me.com (857-288-8571)
Meredith DiMola meredithdimola@gmail.com (617-458-1744)
Mildred Mugica millie.mugica@gmail.com
Registrar: 
Meredith DiMola meredithdimola@gmail.com (617-458-1744)

Blue Hills: Family Skyline Loop Hike, Milton, MA (BHP Level 3)

Saturday, June 16, 2018 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Join AMC Boston Families on a BHP level 3 hike of approximately 3 miles. We will depart the Houghton Pond area on the red dot trail to Buck Hill, then return via the North Skyline trail. Red dot hikes in the Blue Hills cover rugged, hilly terrain providing a more challenging hike. This hike is appropriate for school-aged children ages 7-12+, preferably with some recent hiking experience. The Houghton Pond recreation area is a possible post-hike family activity with a playground, concession stand, swimming and picnic area.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Lisa Renee Spring spring3renee@yahoo.com

Family Hike Vaughn Hills Conservation Land, Bolton, MA (BHP Level 1+2)

Saturday, June 16, 2018 10:00 AM

This is an approximately 3 mile hike in Vaughn Hills Conservation area, Bolton, MA. The path will take us through beautiful forests, over North Peak (686'), around a beaver swamp, and by an active beaver dam.

To register for this hike click on the "Register Now" Button above or copy and paste this link into your browser: https://regi.amcboston.org/event/1854. Questions Contact leader, Liz Little, lizklittle@gmail.com.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Liz Little lizklittle@gmail.com

Kids Intro to Fishing trip, Medfield, MA (BHP Level 1)

Sunday, June 17, 2018 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Family Kids Learn to Fish class. Come join us 8 am - 12 pm as we teach kids ages 6 and up to learn the basics about bait fishing. We cover topics such as reading water, bait, lures, bobbers. We meet at Rocky Woods in Medfield, MA by 8am Sunday June 17th. We have access to a number of ponds and you don't need a fishing license.

Since we have a limited number of rods, we will restrict this to 10 kids plus parent(s). Remember to bring water, snacks and/or lunch.

Trip details

Activity: 
Instruction (Skills)
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
David Powell davidfreds@beld.net (781-858-5546; NCA 9.00)

Trip Leader with AMC Family Outings for over 10 years. Also Treasurer and Trip approver.

Coleader: 
Adriana Rincon arincon@post.harvard.edu (508-873-5154)

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)

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 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)

Family AMC Shapleigh Bunkhouse 4th of July Weekend, Crawford Notch, NH

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

Join other families for a weekend in beautiful Crawford Notch, NH! AMC Boston Family Outings reserved the Shapleigh Bunkhouse (next to the Highland Center) for Saturday and Sunday nights before the 4th of July. Great hiking, socializing, and fun with the family. Summer hiking is awesome with beautiful views! 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)

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)
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: 
Peter Fraunholtz salida04@yahoo.com
Joanna Jung jjinbox@verizon.net (617-549-2812)

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

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

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