Junior MAC - Olympia - 2022 - Olympia - 2021

Youth Program

Jr. MAC - Olympia - 2022

Year-round Outdoor Adventure for Youth ages 12-15

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers course.

Please read this description in its entirety before registering.

Note: Junior Mountain Adventure Club (Jr. MAC) membership is $550 in total for the year. Participants may register here and pay in full, or may contact beckyn@mountaineers.org to set up a quarterly payment plan. 

We offer financial assistance! To apply for financial assistance click here.

Our Junior MAC program provides youth ages 12-15 an opportunity to learn a variety of outdoor skills such as rock climbing, hiking, snowshoeing, camping, cross-country skiing, scrambling, and more. This program is intended to prepare students for Mountaineers Adventure Club (MAC) in the future, which focuses on bigger adventures including mountaineering and advanced climbing.

Local meetings will be help from 6-7:00 on the Third Tuesday of each month, and the weekend adventure will (generally) be the following weekend.  Jr. MAC members will assist in planning their own outdoor trips and goals for the year, and then work together to make a plan to achieve those goals. Members meet one weekday evening per month to plan and practice skills, and then go on one weekend outdoor trip per month. 

Junior MAC will be supported by Mountaineers staff, but parents are encouraged to actively participate and possibly even lead some trips if they feel ready. Staff will provide opportunities for parents to advance their own outdoor skills as well as learn key skills for leading kids safely in the outdoors. This program will focus on skill-building for both youth and adults, and on building an outdoor community.

*Note that while  parents/guardians are encouraged to be active participants in the club, there is plenty of flexibility so that youth can participate in a trip even if a parent/guardian can't make it.

Junior MAC is a club and requires a time commitment and program fee of $550 (which can be paid in quarterly installments). In return, members gain a community of outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy spending time learning skills together. As families grow through our programs, lifelong friendships are built. When graduates of our teen program come home from college, they meet up with other Mountaineers friends to go hiking, backpacking and climbing. This program is just the beginning.

Note: Youth ages 12-15  register as participants, and therefore pay the registration and program fee. Parents should become a Qualified Youth Leader and then register for the program as a  Chaperone (there is no fee for this).

Program Requirements
Program Activity Date Availability Leader
Monthly Meetings (optional)
Lower Lena Lake
Sat, May 21, 2022
Registration closes May 19
10 participants
Briggs YMCA
Tue, Jun 14, 2022
Registration closes Jun 12
9 participants
4 chaperones
Required Equipment

All required equipment, with a few exceptions, is available to be borrowed from the Mountaineers. Before each trip, an itinerary/packing list will be distributed to the group that details all necessary gear and information for the trip. 

If families want to bring their own gear, here are some items you may find useful for most trips:


Hiking boots

Wool socks

Non-cotton active clothing and insulating layers

First Aid Kit


Program Materials

There are no materials for this program.