So I started my search on the internet. I happened to find a very cool site that had to do with hiking at the American Hiking Society, http://www.americanhiking.org. There was so much information about hiking and trails. They offer information on National Trails Day and Volunteer Vacations. They do have something for everyone at this website, so it might be handy for those of you campers and/or hikers!
The Volunteer Vacations seemed very interesting. It combines caring for a trail and camping at the same time. There are 6-15 volunteers in a group and 1 crew leader. The vacation includes backpacking or day hiking with accommodations from primitive campsites to bunkhouses or cabins depending on the places. Tools and provisions are provided by the agency or organization. The day is 6-8 hours long with the rest of the time yours. Most trips include one whole free day to site see the area. Each Volunteer Vacation is rated regarding physical ability. The age groups are 15 and up but there are ones for younger people if accompanied by an adult.
- On site Food during the week
- Entrance to park/forest, permits, lodging fees
- Use of tools and safety equipment
- Group supervision with leadership
- Exclusive American Hiking Society Volunteer Vacations t-shirt
- If you are a non-member signing up for the first time, you also get the full benefits of membership.
Here is the price for all this great outdoor fun!
- $260:American Hiking Society Members, First Trip per Calendar Year
- ($235Early-Bird Rate in effect until 1/31)
- $295:Non-Member, First Trip per Calendar Year
- ($270Early-Bird Rate in effect until 1/31)
- $190:Youth Registration, Under 18 Years of Age (Must be accompanied by legal guardian on trip)
- $190:Additional Trips per Calendar Year
*Registration fee is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law
Well, this sounds like it might be a viable option. I will have to have a family meeting and get some feed back from the family. At least I have a place to start. I will keep you updated.