Grants-to-Clubs: Our Recipients
2014-2015 ~16 Grants Awarded!
Thank you to the generous support of LLBean, and the following individuals who made donations to sponsor an Outing Club: Gale and Micheal Scott-Parizer, Hannah Quimby and Zak Klein, Ben Sampson and Lindsay Leone, Jo Seibel and Stu Levitz and a matching grant from the General Electric Foundation.
Congratulations to the following clubs:
- Ashland District School
- Bangor High School
- Boothbay Region High School
- Brunswick High School
- Bucksport High School
- Cape Elizabeth High School
- Cheverus High School
- Cony High School
- Ellsworth High School
- Gorham High School
- Greely High School
- John Bapst Memorial High School
- Monmouth Academy
- Skowhegan Area High School
- Wiscasset High School
- Yarmouth High School
With increasing research confirming that positive outdoor experiences are critical to the overall health and well being of young people, these Outing Clubs need to be encouraged and supported. “It is our goal to establish an Outing Club in every one of Maine’s high schools,” said Leone. “The Grants-to-Clubs program helps Outing Clubs get started and stay active.”
Hear what recipients have to say:
Thank you, for your endless support of Deering's efforts to get students out into and "into" nature and the beauty of Maine. We have felt so encouraged by T2T and we could not have done much of what we have done without your inspiration and guidance.
~ Kirstin McWilliams, Deering High School Outing Club
The funds provided by our grant will make a big difference in the types of outdoor activities that we can offer our participants and in the numbers of students who will be able to experience the outdoors in these new and exciting ways.
~ B. Davis, Westbrook HS Trailblazers Outing Club Advisor
These funds will be amazing in helping to make our Outing Club trips more available to all of our students. In fact, I know of a student that will be able to go on this coming weekend’s trip because of this grant.
~ B. Keith, Lisbon HS Outing Club Advisor
If we can make it easier for even one student to try something he or she has never tried before, then I would call our year a success.
~ C. Westerfield, Yarmouth Outing Club President
These packs will enable students this year and in the future to experience the outdoors in ways they never have before.
~ M. Morrison, Bucksport High Schools Outing Club Advisor
It is nice to know that there are still organizations who deem it important and worthwhile to get young people outside to foster the experiences that can only be found in the solace and challenge of exploring trails of all kinds.
~ T. Tierney, Mount Blue’s Youth Expeditions to Ignite Advisor
My Outing Club experience this year has really opened my eyes to all that Maine has to offer and encouraged me to take my new found passion and introduce it to my family. I honestly don't think that I would have had the confidence or knowledge to do it without the skills that I've learned from my classmates and Advisor. Outing Club has really changed my whole high school experience.
~ R. Wommack, Outing Club Member
We believe that an outdoor experience is an excellent way of developing mind, body, and character of students at our school. We look forward to seeing students continue to challenge themselves and to grow through exposure to the outdoors.
~ I. Waltz, Principal, Deering High School
The Outing Club is an opportunity for students to be involved with pro-social fun activities, have adult mentors, develop positive relationships, learn leadership skills, develop skills in lifelong sports, and make a difference in their community. It is a win-win-win-win-win-win.
~ B. Wolfe, Principal & Outing Club Advisor, Biddeford High School
Gear purchased (with grant funds) can be used for years to come and help the club maintain a solid presence in the school in the future.
~ A. Mitchell, Thorton Academy Outdoor Adventure Club
We're excited to use the grant to help our Outing Club grow!
~ M. Fowler, Ashland District School Outing Club Advisor
THANK YOU to everyone at T3 who believes (like I do) that kids need to be outside often.
~ K. Buotte, Dirigo Outing Club Advisor
Teens To Trails is pleased to announce this year’s Outing Club grant recipients from high schools across the State including several brand new teen Outing Club programs. These grants were made possible by generous ongoing support from L.L.Bean.
Congratulations to: Bangor High School, Baxter Academy, Deering High School, Maine Academy of Natural Sciences, Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School, Portland High School, Sacopee Valley High School South Portland High School. This year, assistance with transportation costs will help to eliminate one huge hurdle these schools face in getting their students outdoors. "[Portland Outing Club advisor, Gerry White] has consistently reached out to our underprivileged, immigrant and at-risk populations by encouraging them to engage in the healthy activities offered by the club. Through this endeavor, numerous Portland students have experienced wilderness hiking, watersports and land stewardship." Says Michael Connolly, Co-Curricular Director at Portland High School. Funds will also be used to ensure that all students are able to participate in the clubs activities regardless of their financial situation. In addition, these grants will allow Outing Clubs to purchase needed outdoor gear & clothing, obtain safety training for leaders and cover recreational fees. “Thank you, for your endless support of Deering's efforts to get students out into and "into" nature and the beauty of Maine. We have felt so encouraged by T3 and we could not have done much of what we have done without your inspiration and guidance. ” said Kirsten McWilliams, one of Deering High School Outing Club's advisors. New or restarting clubs this year include Baxter Academy, Maine Academy of Natural Science, Bangor High School and Sacopee Valley High School, whose Assistant Principal John Kaleta says "We believe that the funds provided by your grant will be the starting point for a new tradition here and begin a revived appreciation for the splendor of the Sacopee Valley's underutilized outdoor resources."
2012-13 grants were made possible by ongoing support from L.L.Bean, and generous grants from The Davis Conservation Foundation & The North Face Explore Fund ~ THANK YOU!
Teens To Trails has now awarded 69 grants totalling over $33,000 in support of high school Outing Clubs across the State. T3 was pleased to assist 18 Outing Clubs including 4 new programs. Congratulations Ashland Community High School, Biddeford High School, Brunswick High School, Bonny Eagle High School, Bucksport High School, Cape Elizabeth High School, Central Aroostook Sr High School, Cheverus High School, Dirigo High School, George Stevens Academy, Hall-Dale High School, Machias Memorial High Schoolm, Maine Central Institute, Marshwood High School, Monmouth Academy, Mt Ararat High School, Portland High School, Thornton Academy.
2011-12 grants were made possible by ongoing support from L.L.Bean and a generous grant from The Old Bug Light Charitable Foundation ~ THANK YOU!
Grant recipients for the 2011-12 school year were ...
Biddeford High School, Cony High School, Deer Isle-Stonington High School, Deering High School, Dirigo High School, Maine Central Institute, Maine School of Science & Mathematics, Portland High School, South Portland High School, The New School and Thornton Academy.
These 11 schools were awarded grants totaling $5,000 including support for the start up of four brand new Outing Club programs! For some schools, assistance with transportation costs helped to eliminate one huge hurdle these schools face in getting their students outdoors. For others, these grants allowed Outing Clubs to purchase needed gear, extend their activity season to include winter months, and ensure trips are accessible to all students regardless of their financial situation. “We believe that an outdoor experience is an excellent way of developing mind, body, and character of students at our school. We look forward to seeing students continue to challenge themselves and to grow through exposure to the outdoors,” writes Ira Waltz, Principal at Deering High School. Britton Wolfe, Principal at Biddeford High School has started a new Outing Club this year because “the Outing Club is an opportunity for students to be involved with pro-social fun activities, have adult mentors, develop positive relationships, learn leadership skills, develop skills in lifelong sports, and make a difference in their community. It is a win-win-win-win-win-win.” Alex Mitchell, who oversees the Thorton Academy Outing Club explained that “gear purchased (with grant funds) can be used for years to come and help the club maintain a solid presence in the school in the future.” Teens To Trails was so happy to help!
...from all parts of Maine ~ 2010-11 grants were made possible by ongoing support from L.L.Bean and a grant to T3 from The North Face Explore Fund ~ THANK YOU!
These 17 schools were awarded outdoor gear and/or funds totaling almost $9,000 from Teens To Trails to help more teens get active outside. T3 received 26 applications, including 11 brand new Outing Club programs! Gear awards included tents, snowshoes, backpacks, GPS units, and emergency medical kits – all from L.L.Bean. Cash awards are helping to cover growing transportation costs which has become one of the biggest hurdles facing Outing Clubs today. Read news article
Boothbay Region High School, Bucksport High School, Cape Elizabeth High School, Central High School, Cony High School, Dirigo High School, East Grand School, Greely High School, Greenville High School, Maine Central Institute, Monmouth Academy, Mount Blue High School, Mount View High School, Scarborough High School, Waterville High School, Wiscasset High School, and Yarmouth High School.
...with the generous support of L.L.Bean and the Quimby Family Foundation and additional help from Horny Toad's Freeport Store, Norway Savings Bank, Northeast Bank, Bangor Savings Bank, and The North Face.
We had 25 grant requests, more than double the previous year's number. Grant support totaled almost $7,000 for Outing Clubs to help get more students outdoors! 2009-10 recipients include Caribou High School, Cony High School, Falmouth High School, Fort Fairfield High School, Hall-Dale High School, Lee Academy, Lisbon High School, Mount Desert Island High School, Mount View High School, Portland High School, Rockland District High School, Sacopee Valley High School, South Portland High School, Southern Aroostook Community School, and Westbrook High School. We were thrilled with the establishment of five brand new Outing Club programs and the leadership role that students have played in the development of these outdoor programs.
Through the generosity of L.L.Bean and the Horizon Foundation, we were able to support 8 Outing Club programs.
This was our first attempt to provide direct support to Outing Clubs and it was received with enthusiasm. Congratulations to Brunswick High School Outing Club, Deering Outing Club, East Grand School, Fort Kent Community High School Outing Club, Maine School for Science and Mathematics/Limestone Community School Outing Club, Monmouth Academy Outing Club, Thornton Outdoor Adventure Club and Yarmouth Outing Club! Most of these Clubs are brand new & several were initiated by students. We were pleased to help. Read news article
L.L.Bean helped us to first establish our Grants-to-Clubs program in 2008. Since that time, we have been able to continue our direct financial support of Outing Clubs with ongoing support from L.L.Bean, as well as grants from the Horizon Foundation, Quimby Family Foundation, Davis Conservation Foundation, The North Face Explore Fund, Old Bug Light Charitable Foundation, Bangor Savings Bank, and other business & personal donations. Thank you to all our supporters! Every penny we have taken in has gone into the hands of deserving Outing Club programs across the State.