Pioneers - Seattle - 2018/2019

Youth Program


Pioneers is a year round program for 7-9 year old youth.


Monthly Update - June

Please read this description in its entirety before registering.

Note: Pioneers membership is $675 in total for the year. A $75 deposit is required and the remainder can be paid in full or in monthly installments.

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

Our Pioneers program provides youth ages 7-9 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 $675 (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 7-9 (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 Open Climb & Skills Night (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Jun 20, 2019
Registration closed Jun 18
17 participants
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Jul 18, 2019
Registration closes Jul 16
20 participants
Seattle Pioneers Meeting (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Tue, Jun 25, 2019
Registration closes Jun 23
11 participants
8 chaperones
2 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Tue, Jul 30, 2019
Registration closes Jul 28
11 participants
7 chaperones
2 instructors
Seattle Pioneers Climbing (optional)
Exit 38
Sat, Jun 29, 2019
Registration closes Jun 27
1 participant on waitlist
2 chaperones on waitlist
1 instructor
Exit 38
Sun, Jul 7, 2019
Registration closes Jul 5
4 participants
2 chaperones
1 instructor
Seattle Pioneers Kayaking (optional)
Lake Washington: Concrete Beach
Sun, Jul 7, 2019
Registration closes Jul 5
7 participants on waitlist
4 chaperones on waitlist
Lake Washington: Concrete Beach
Sat, Jul 27, 2019
Registration closes Jul 25
3 participants on waitlist
1 chaperone on waitlist
Seattle Pioneers Summer Party (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Aug 8, 2019
Registration closes Aug 7
31 participants
17 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.