Participants in the 2018 Maine Youth Wilderness Leadership Program on the summit of Katahdin in Baxter State Park (Photo by Emily Gerencer)
Participants in the 2018 Maine Youth Wilderness Leadership Program on the summit of Katahdin in Baxter State Park (Photo by Emily Gerencer)
Friends of Baxter State Park invites current Maine high school sophomores and juniors to submit an application to participate in the 11th annual Maine Youth Wilderness Leadership Program, which includes a nine-day wilderness experience in Baxter State Park, scheduled for early August. The application deadline is February 8.

The program offers 10 high school sophomores and juniors an opportunity for the nine-day wilderness experience. Accompanied by experienced wilderness leaders from the Chewonki Foundation, participants will learn from a variety of specialists as they backpack from one end of Baxter State Park to the other. The program also includes readings and assignments in preparation for the field experience. After returning home, each participant gives a public presentation in his or her community.

Friends of Baxter State Park offers the Maine Youth Wilderness Leadership Program at no cost to participants.

There is a competitive application process to be accepted into the program. Applications must be submitted online at www.friendsofbaxter.org by the deadline of February 8. Ten participants and six alternates will be announced by early April. For more information, visit www.friendsofbaxter.org.