The 4-H Adirondack Guide Program, in its 26th year of operation, is an exciting and unique program designed for boys and girls (12-18 years old) who would like to explore, in depth, natural resource related topics. The program gives teenagers an opportunity to gain knowledge in the biological sciences and develop teaching and leadership skills.
In this program, sponsored by Cornell University Cooperative Extension, participants advance from the Apprentice Guide level, through Intermediate, to Advanced Guide. Activities include field trips and hands-on classes, canoe and hiking trips, and community service projects. Topics taught include map & compass reading; canoeing; tree, plant, flower and wildlife identification; environmental teaching techniques; woods lore and safety; fire building; knot tying; outdoor cooking; shelter building; outdoor clothing and equipment selection; wilderness trip coordination; Leave No Trace; and global positioning systems (GPS).
Participants have the opportunity to work with licensed Adirondack Guides, Forest Rangers, Fish and Wildlife Biologists, Foresters, and skilled woodsmen. The program is conducted in an informal atmosphere, conducive to building confidence and self-esteem.
Last updated December 1, 2016