Explorers - Seattle - 2023

Youth Program

Explorers

Explorers is a year round program for youth ages 10 - 11.

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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.

THE CLUB

Explorers is a year-round outdoor adventure program for youth ages 10-11 who want to learn new outdoor skills and make lasting friendships with fellow adventurers. The program is designed to expose youth to a variety of outdoor activities, including climbing, hiking, paddling, xc skiing, and more. While both parents/guardians are not required to attend outings, a parent/guardian chaperone support is required for all trips. This is a great opportunity for you to get outside with your Explorer!

We also offer climbing skills sessions and leadership opportunities for the parents! Starting this year, parents will have the opportunity to take part in a climbing skills series, learning what it takes to set up and take down ropes from the top of a climb. We will also be offering a leadership series, providing the tools and guidance in planning and leading trips for the clubs.

PRICING

Explorers membership is $1100 for families joining in October. Students joining in the winter will be prorated. The standard payment structure will be a single payment of the total amount upon registration. Upon request, members may opt-in to a 4-installment payment plan. This is an annual club.

To join, members must pay the entire course fee on this page when registering. If members wish to opt-in to the payment plan, they may make that request upon being offered a place in the club after the lottery. In that case, registration will be handled manually by staff. Interested members will have the opportunity to join in on at least trip before paying and committing.

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

REGISTRATION

WHEN CAN I REGISTER FOR Explorers?

For those interested in joining the youth clubs for the 2022-2023 program year, please fill out our enrollment lottery. Anyone wishing to join Explorers must have completed the enrollment lottery, regardless of participation in the clubs for 2021-2022. On September 15 at 12pm, the lottery will close and placement in the club will be offered the following morning. 

 Here is a video that demonstrates the registration process for individual trips, which will be a helpful reference after accepting your offer to join the club per lottery results.

KICKOFF TRIP

To register for the Explorers Kick-Off Trip, register on the activity page, which is listed as a stand-alone seminar in order to allow prospective members to register themselves. 

Register here for the Kick-Off Trip on Sept 30 - October 2, 2022.

Explorer / Jr. MAC COMBO TRIPS

We also offer Explorer/Jr. MAC combo trips! These trips are open to both Explorers and Jr. MACers. Combo trips will unfortunately not be visible here on the course page. To see the combo trips offered, check out the Explorers/Jr. MAC Calendar.

If you'd like to register for the combo trip, please sign up on the activity page itself, NOT here on the course page.

ALL OTHER TRIPS

To register (or cancel) for trips, make sure to always do it from this pageHere is a video that demonstrates the registration process both for the club as a whole and for individual trips.

  1. Click on "Manage Registration" on the right side of this page
  2. Check the box(es) of the trip(s) you'd like to register for
  3. Scroll to the bottom and click "save"
  4. Double check what you are signed up for by viewing the "My Activities" section of your profile. 

Cancelling from a trip

Cancelling yourself or your child from a trip is quite simple; it's just the reverse of registering for trips.

  1. Click on "Manage Registration" on the right side of this page
  2. UNCHECK the box(es) of the trip(s) you'd like to cancel your registration
  3. Scroll to the bottom and click "save"

TROUBLESHOOTING TIPS

If it's not letting you register your child: check to make sure your child's "Youth Information Form" and "Youth Programs Form" and "Youth in Adult Programs Form" are filled out on their profile. 

If it's not letting you register as a chaperone: check to make sure your Mountaineers waiver is filled out on your profile and that you still have your QYL badge .

If it's still not letting you register as a chaperone: double check to make sure you are listed as a chaperone on the roster on this course page. Scroll down and click the blue "Roster" tab to check.

VACCINATION

We are not requiring you to be vaccinated to be a part of the club, though various trip leaders might require it. If you'd like to learn more about our COVID guidance within the youth programs and in general at The Mountaineers, please check out our Guidance Document.

RESOURCES

Check out the blue "Program Materials" tab to find additional resources including the handbook, reimbursement form, general gear lists, trip leadership resources, and more!

Program Requirements
Program Activity Date Availability Leader
Seattle Explorers Climbing (optional)
Mount Erie
Sun, Oct 9, 2022
Registration closes Oct 7
4 participants
2 chaperones
0 instructors
Seattle Explorers Meeting (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Wed, Oct 12, 2022
Registration closes Oct 10
31 participants
17 chaperones
Seattle Program Center
Wed, Nov 9, 2022
Registration closes Nov 7
28 participants
16 chaperones
Seattle Program Center
Tue, Jan 10, 2023
Registration closes Jan 8
28 participants
16 chaperones
Seattle Program Center
Wed, Feb 15, 2023
Registration closes Feb 13
28 participants
16 chaperones
Seattle Program Center
Wed, Mar 15, 2023
Registration closes Mar 13
28 participants
16 chaperones
Seattle Program Center
Wed, Apr 12, 2023
Registration closes Apr 10
28 participants
16 chaperones
Seattle Program Center
Wed, May 17, 2023
Registration closes May 15
28 participants
16 chaperones
Seattle Program Center
Wed, Jun 14, 2023
Registration closes Jun 12
28 participants
16 chaperones
Seattle Program Center
Wed, Jul 12, 2023
Registration closes Jul 10
28 participants
16 chaperones
Seattle Explorers | Climbing 101 Skills Workshop (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Sat, Oct 15, 2022
Registration closes Oct 13
4 participants
8 chaperones
1 instructor
Seattle Program Center
Sat, Oct 15, 2022
Registration closes Oct 13
4 participants
6 chaperones
1 instructor
Seattle Program Center
Sat, Nov 5, 2022
Registration closes Nov 3
6 participants
7 chaperones
1 instructor
Seattle Program Center
Sat, Nov 5, 2022
Registration closes Nov 3
6 participants
7 chaperones
1 instructor
Seattle Program Center
Sun, Dec 4, 2022
Registration closes Dec 2
7 participants
6 chaperones
1 instructor
Seattle Program Center
Sun, Dec 4, 2022
Registration closes Dec 2
5 participants
6 chaperones
1 instructor
Seattle Explorers Climb Night (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Oct 20, 2022
Registration closes Oct 18
25 participants
14 chaperones
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Nov 3, 2022
Registration closes Nov 1
24 participants
14 chaperones
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Jan 5, 2023
Registration closes Jan 3
24 participants
14 chaperones
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Feb 23, 2023
Registration closes Feb 21
24 participants
14 chaperones
Seattle Program Center
Fri, Mar 31, 2023
Registration closes Mar 29
26 participants
14 chaperones
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Apr 20, 2023
Registration closes Apr 18
24 participants
14 chaperones
Seattle Program Center
Thu, May 25, 2023
Registration closes May 23
24 participants
14 chaperones
Seattle Program Center
Fri, Jun 9, 2023
Registration closes Jun 7
24 participants
14 chaperones
Seattle Program Center
Tue, Jul 18, 2023
Registration closes Jul 16
25 participants
14 chaperones
Seattle Explorers Hike (optional)
Melakwa Lake
Sat, Oct 29, 2022
Registration closes Oct 27
4 participants
3 chaperones
0 instructors
Middle Fork Snoqualmie River
Sun, Nov 20, 2022
Registration closes Nov 18
3 participants
4 chaperones
0 instructors
Boulder River
Sat, Dec 3, 2022
Registration closes Dec 1
5 participants
4 chaperones
0 instructors
Seattle Explorers Holiday Party (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Wed, Dec 14, 2022
Registration closes Dec 12
27 participants
15 chaperones
Seattle Explorers Snowshoe (optional)
Skyline Lake
Mon, Dec 19, 2022
Registration closes Dec 17
2 participants
3 chaperones
0 instructors
Seattle Explorers Mountaineers Lodge Weekend (optional)
Meany Lodge
Sun, Jan 15, 2023 -
Mon, Jan 16, 2023
Registration closes Jan 13
15 participants
11 instructors
Seattle Explorers | Lead Climbing Skills Workshop (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Sun, Jan 29, 2023
Registration closes Jan 27
6 participants
3 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Sun, Jan 29, 2023
Registration closes Jan 27
6 participants
3 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Sat, Feb 25, 2023
Registration closes Feb 23
6 participants
3 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Sat, Feb 25, 2023
Registration closes Feb 23
5 participants
3 instructors
Seattle Explorers | Anchors & Cleaning Skills Workshop (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Sun, Mar 19, 2023
Registration closes Mar 17
5 participants
3 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Sun, Mar 19, 2023
Registration closes Mar 17
3 participants
3 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Sat, Apr 22, 2023
Registration closes Apr 20
6 participants
3 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Sat, Apr 22, 2023
Registration closes Apr 20
6 participants
3 instructors
Seattle Explorers Camping & Climbing Trip (optional)
Mount Erie
Fri, May 12, 2023 -
Sun, May 14, 2023
Registration closes May 10
25 participants
Seattle Explorers | Practice Session Skills Workshop (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Sun, May 21, 2023
Registration closes May 19
5 participants
3 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Sun, May 21, 2023
Registration closes May 19
5 participants
3 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Sun, Jun 11, 2023
Registration closes Jun 9
4 participants
3 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Sun, Jun 11, 2023
Registration closes Jun 9
6 participants
3 instructors
Seattle Explorers Summer Trip! (optional)
Squamish
Sun, Jul 23, 2023 -
Fri, Jul 28, 2023
Registration opens Nov 17
44 participants
Seattle Explorers Summer Party (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Wed, Aug 9, 2023
Registration closes Aug 7
29 participants
15 chaperones
Roster
Required Equipment

Each trip has it's own gear requirements. See activity pages for gear lists. If you'd like to borrow gear, as a member of Explorers you have access to use of our climbing gear while on club trips as well as the Gear Library.

Program Materials

You must register for this program to see program materials.