Pathfinders - Olympia - 2022 - Olympia - 2021

Youth Program

Pathfinders - Olympia - 2022

Olympia Pathfinders is a year round program designed for 6-9 year-olds who are interested in spending time outdoors. No experience or skills needed to join - we will teach all the skills they will need to participate in an activity.

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: Explorers membership is $450 in total for the year. Participants may register here and pay in full, or may contact to set up a quarterly payment plan. 

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

Our Pathfinders program provides youth ages 6-9 and their parents/guardians with the opportunity to get outside once a month. Pathfinders is designed to expose youth to a variety of outdoor activities and have fun! Participants will have the chance to climb, hike, snowshoe, paddle, explore, and learn how to be safe in the outdoors.

Local Meetings will be help from 6-7:00 on the First Tuesday of each month, and the weekend adventure will (generally) be the following weekend.

Pathfinders will be supported by both Mountaineers staff as well as parents who are approved for leading trips.  Parents will play an active role in supporting their children by actively participating on the trips, supervising their youth, and possibly even leading some trips if they feel ready. We 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.

Pathfinders is a club and requires a time commitment and program fee of $450 (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 6-9  register as participants, and therefore pay the registration and program fee. Parents should become a Qualified Youth Leader and then register for the Pathfinders program as a  Chaperone (there is no fee for this).

Badges you will earn:

Program Requirements
Program Activity Date Availability Leader
Monthly Meetings (optional)
Briggs YMCA
Tue, Nov 2, 2021
Registration closes Oct 31
14 participants
6 chaperones
Online Classroom
Wed, Dec 1, 2021
Registration closes Nov 29
19 participants
8 chaperones
Briggs YMCA
Tue, Jan 4, 2022
Registration closes Jan 2
18 participants
10 chaperones
Day Hike (optional)
Capitol Land Trust
Sat, Nov 6, 2021
Registration closes Nov 4
12 participants
6 chaperones
Lower South Fork Skokomish River
Sun, Dec 5, 2021
Registration closes Dec 3
8 participants
4 chaperones
Snowshoe and Snow Play! (optional)
Trail of the Shadows
Sat, Jan 8, 2022
Registration closes Jan 6
8 participants
5 chaperones
Sat, Mar 5, 2022
Registration closes Mar 3
8 participants
5 chaperones
Conservation and Stewardship (optional)
Capitol Land Trust
Sat, Feb 5, 2022
Registration closes Feb 3
11 participants
4 chaperones
Rock Climb (optional)
Tacoma Program Center
Sat, Apr 16, 2022
Registration closes Apr 14
16 participants
6 chaperones
McCleary Cliffs
Sat, May 7, 2022
Registration closes May 5
11 participants
5 chaperones
Overnight Trip (optional)
Irish Cabin Property
Sat, Jun 4, 2022 -
Sun, Jun 5, 2022
Registration closes Jun 2
11 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.