Pioneers - Seattle - 2019/2020

Youth Program


Trips and in-person programs suspended through April 24th, 2020 per Mountaineers COVID-19 Protocols. Pioneers is a year round program for youth ages 7 - 8.

Pioneers Monthly Update

Pioneers Calendar

Please read this description in its entirety before registering.

Pioneers membership is $525 for families joining in January, covering through August. To join, register and pay first months dues of $75 on this page (covering February. January is a free trial month). The remaining $450 (March-August) can be paid in monthly installments of $75 or all at once, using our Payment Plan Form.

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

Our Pioneers program provides youth ages 7-8 . and their parents/guardians with the opportunity to get outside once a month. Pioneers is designed to expose youth to a variety of outdoor activities and have fun! Participants will have the chance to climb, hike, paddle, explore, and learn how to be safe in the outdoors. The group will be supported by Mountaineers staff, but parents will be expected to play an active role in planning and even leading some trips.* 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 expected 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.

Pioneers is a club and requires a time commitment and program fee of $750 (which can be paid in monthly 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 7-8  (as of January 1, 2019) register as participants, and therefore pay the registration and program fee. Parents should become a Qualified Youth Leader and then register for the Pioneers program as a  Chaperone (there is no fee for this).

Program Requirements
Program Activity Date Availability Leader
Seattle Pioneers Meeting (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Tue, Apr 28, 2020
Registration closes Apr 27
20 participants
10 chaperones
Seattle Program Center
Tue, May 26, 2020
Registration closes May 25
23 participants
11 chaperones
Seattle Program Center
Tue, Jun 30, 2020
Registration closes Jun 29
22 participants
11 chaperones
Seattle Pioneers Camping Trip (optional)
Sat, May 2, 2020 -
Sun, May 3, 2020
Registration closes Apr 30
1 participant
1 chaperone
0 instructors
North Fork Campground
Sun, Jul 26, 2020 -
Tue, Jul 28, 2020
Registration closes Jul 24
8 participants
8 chaperones
1 instructor
Seattle Pioneers Parents Only Anchor Cleaning Workshop (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Sat, May 9, 2020
Registration closes May 8
0 participants
11 chaperones
0 instructors
Seattle Pioneers Open Climb & Skills Night (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Thu, May 21, 2020
Registration closes May 20
12 participants
11 chaperones
1 instructor
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Jun 18, 2020
Registration closes Jun 17
12 participants
13 chaperones
1 instructor
Seattle Pioneers Pre-Trip Meeting (Overnight Participants Only) (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Tue, Jun 2, 2020
Registration closes May 31
5 participants
5 chaperones
1 instructor
Seattle Program Center
Wed, Jul 22, 2020
Registration closes Jul 20
15 participants
15 chaperones
1 instructor
Seattle Pioneers Climbing (optional)
Exit 38
Sat, Jun 6, 2020
Registration closes Jun 4
0 participants
0 chaperones
1 instructor
Seattle Pioneers Backpack (optional)
Greenwater, Echo & Lost Lakes
Sat, Jun 6, 2020 -
Sun, Jun 7, 2020
Registration closes Jun 4
2 participants
0 chaperones
1 instructor
Seattle Pioneers Parents Only Culminating Skills Workshop (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Sat, Jun 20, 2020
Registration closes Jun 19
16 participants
7 chaperones
Seattle Pioneers Kayaking (optional)
Lake Sammamish
Sun, Jun 28, 2020
Registration closes Jun 26
7 participants
6 chaperones
2 instructors
Seattle Pioneers Summer Party (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Aug 6, 2020
Registration closes Aug 4
21 participants
8 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. 

Program Materials

You must register for this program to see program materials.