Explorers - Tacoma - 2021

Youth Program

Tacoma Explorers

Year-round Outdoor Adventure for Youth ages 10-13

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 $550 in total for the year. Participants may register here and pay in full, or may contact sarahh@mountaineers.org to set up a quarterly payment plan. 

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

Our Explorers program provides youth ages 10-13 and their parents/guardians with the opportunity to get out on an outdoor adventure once a month. Explorers is designed to expose youth to a variety of outdoor activities, build skills and confidence, and have fun! Participants will have the chance to climb, hike, snowshoe, cross-country ski, paddle, explore, and learn how to be safe in the outdoors. The Explorers group is also intended to prepare students for Mountaineers Adventure Club (MAC) in the future, which focuses on bigger adventures including mountaineering and advanced climbing.

Explorers will be supported by Mountaineers staff, but parents will be expected to play an active role in supporting their children, driving to trips, supervising, and possibly even leading some trips if they feel ready. 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.

Explorers is a club and requires a time commitment and program fee of $550 (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 10-13  register as participants, and therefore pay the registration and program fee. Parents should become a Qualified Youth Leader and then register for the Explorers program as a  Chaperone (there is no fee for this).

For families with younger siblings: We realize that many families will have multiple children and will be split between the Pathfinders and Explorers age groups. If you prefer not to do both groups, and you think the younger sibling will be able to keep up with the Explorers group, you may register them for Explorers instead of Pathfinders. Please email sarahh@mountaineers.org if you have any difficulty registering.

Program Requirements
Program Activity Date Availability Leader
Tacoma Explorers Meeting (optional)
Tacoma Program Center
Tue, Oct 12, 2021
Registration closes Oct 10
9 participants
Tacoma Program Center
Tue, Nov 9, 2021
Registration closes Nov 7
9 participants
Tacoma Program Center
Tue, Dec 14, 2021
Registration closes Dec 12
9 participants
Tacoma Program Center
Tue, Jan 11, 2022
Registration closes Jan 9
9 participants
Tacoma Program Center
Tue, Feb 15, 2022
Registration closes Feb 13
9 participants
Tacoma Program Center
Tue, Mar 15, 2022
Registration closes Mar 13
9 participants
Tacoma Program Center
Tue, Apr 12, 2022
Registration closes Apr 10
9 participants
Tacoma Program Center
Tue, May 10, 2022
Registration closes May 8
9 participants
Tacoma Program Center
Tue, Jun 14, 2022
Registration closes Jun 12
9 participants
Tacoma Program Center
Tue, Jul 12, 2022
Registration closes Jul 10
9 participants
Tacoma Program Center
Tue, Aug 9, 2022
Registration closes Aug 7
9 participants
Tacoma Explorers Hike (optional)
Youth Trip
Sat, Oct 23, 2021
Registration closes Oct 21
9 participants
Dewey Lake, Naches Peak Loop & Pacific Crest Trail
Sat, Nov 27, 2021
Registration closes Nov 25
9 participants
Youth Trip
Sat, Mar 26, 2022
Registration closes Mar 24
9 participants
Tacoma Explorers Snowshoe (optional)
Sun, Dec 19, 2021
Registration closes Dec 17
9 participants
Tacoma Explorers Cross-Country Ski (optional)
Cabin Creek
Sat, Jan 22, 2022
Registration closes Jan 20
9 participants
Tacoma Explorers Camping and Exploring (optional)
Youth Trip
Sat, Feb 26, 2022 -
Sun, Feb 27, 2022
Registration closes Feb 24
9 participants
Tacoma Explorers Climbing (optional)
Youth Trip
Sat, Apr 23, 2022
Registration closes Apr 21
9 participants
Tacoma Explorers Camping & Climbing Trip (optional)
Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)
Sat, May 28, 2022 -
Sun, May 29, 2022
Registration closes May 26
7 participants
Explorers Cycling (optional)
Youth Trip
Sat, Jun 25, 2022
Registration closes Jun 23
9 participants
Tacoma Explorers Kayak (optional)
Youth Trip
Sat, Jul 23, 2022
Registration closes Jul 21
9 participants
Tacoma Explorers Backpacking (optional)
Sheep Lake & Nannie Ridge
Sat, Aug 27, 2022 -
Sun, Aug 28, 2022
Registration closes Aug 25
9 participants
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

You must register for this program to see program materials.