ACMG/MEC Adventure Access Program for Youth

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The MEC Adventure Access Program is a unique, exclusive partnership between the ACMG and MEC wherein eligible organizations and affinity groups can apply for subsidies to cover the cost of certified guides and instructors for exciting trips.

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Out of Doors Shouldn't Mean Out of Reach

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While the genesis of the program in 2009 targeted youth, MEC's generosity and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion has allowed expansion to cover organizations that represent BIPOC, LGBTQ2S+, adaptive and other marginalized communities. There are enough barriers to recreating outside - money should not be an additional one.

If your organization serves youth or members of any marginalized community, consider applying so that they might experience rock climbing, mountaineering, hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, backcountry skiing or waterfall ice climbing under the care and expertise of an ACMG certified guide or instructor.
Depending on the nature of the program and participants, your organization may be required to provide one or more group management volunteers.
Be prepared to identify how the trip will help to fulfill the goals of your organization.
Applications need to be completed by April 15 for spring and summer programs and October 15 for fall and winter programs.


Click on the link below to fill out an application form.

Adventure Access Program Application Form

Adventure Access Program Evaluation Form


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