Explorers - Seattle - 2024

Youth Program


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


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.


Explorers membership is $1400 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.




For those interested in joining the youth clubs for the 2023-2024 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 2022-2023. On September 18 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.


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 Leavenworth Kickoff Trip Sept 22nd - 24th 2023

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.


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"


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.


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.


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 Meeting (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Wed, May 8, 2024
Registration closes May 7
17 participants
8 chaperones
Seattle Program Center
Wed, Jun 12, 2024
Registration closes Jun 11
21 participants
10 chaperones
Seattle Explorers Hike (optional)
Lily & Lizard Lakes
Sat, May 11, 2024
Registration closes May 10
8 participants
4 chaperones
Kendall Katwalk
Sun, Jun 23, 2024
Registration closes Jun 21
4 participants
3 chaperones
Seattle Explorers Climb Night (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Thu, May 23, 2024
Registration closes May 22
7 participants
1 instructor
Seattle Program Center
Fri, Jun 7, 2024
Registration closes Jun 6
5 participants
1 instructor
Seattle Program Center
Tue, Jul 16, 2024
Registration closes Jul 15
5 participants
1 instructor
Seattle Explorers Kayak (optional)
Lake Washington: Concrete Beach
Sat, Jun 1, 2024
Registration closes May 30
4 participants on waitlist
2 chaperones on waitlist
2 instructors
Skagit & Hope Islands
Sat, Jun 15, 2024 -
Sun, Jun 16, 2024
Registration closes Jun 13
6 participants on waitlist
4 chaperones on waitlist
2 instructors
Seattle Explorers Pre-Trip Meeting (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Wed, Jul 3, 2024
Registration closes Jul 1
16 participants
4 chaperones
Seattle Explorers Summer Trip! (optional)
Mon, Jul 22, 2024 -
Sun, Jul 28, 2024
Registration closes Jul 20
5 participants
0 chaperones
0 instructors
Seattle Explorers Backpack (optional)
Yellow Aster Butte
Sat, Aug 3, 2024 -
Sun, Aug 4, 2024
Registration closes Aug 1
1 participant on waitlist
0 chaperones
Seattle Explorers Summer Party (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Wed, Aug 7, 2024
Registration closes Aug 4
27 participants
9 chaperones
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 Jr. MAC 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.