Seattle Explorers

Seattle Explorers

Youth ages 10-13 join a community of other outdoor enthusiasts. No experience or skills needed to join - we will teach all the skills they will need to participate in an activity. The group meets once at month at The Mountaineers Seattle Program Center to learn skills and goes on 1-2 outings a month.

YOUTH-DRIVEN, ADULT-GUIDED

Explorers is a year-round outdoor adventure program for youth ages 10-13 who want to learn new outdoor skills and make lasting friendships with fellow adventurers. While there is a focus on developing climbing skills for those who are interested, the program and activities are driven entirely by the participants’ areas of interest. Parents are not required to attend outings but we do encourage parents to join  us. This is a great opportunity for you to get outside with your Explorer!

We are growing! In the 2019/2020 year, Explorers will be divided into two cohorts: Explorers for ages 10-11 and Junior MAC  for those who are 12-13. This will allow us to give more families more opportunities to get outside. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out Member Services!

Note: Explorers membership is $950 in total for the year. A $100 deposit is required and the remainder can be paid in full or in monthly installments.

TYPICAL OUTINGS

Activities: Hiking, Rock Climbing, Cross-Country Skiing, Rafting, Snowshoeing, Snow Caving, Camping, Kayaking, Exploring - really anything you want!

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HOW DO OUTINGS WORK?

Seattle Explorers are based out of the Seattle Program Center in Magnuson Park. Explorers meet monthly on Wednesday evenings and have the opportunity to go on one or more weekend outings a month.

Outings are organized by our staff and parent volunteers and chaperoned by at least two adults. Outings range from single-day hikes, paddles & climbs, to multi-day hiking, climbing, or camping trips.  Some trips have a maximum capacity, while others are open to as many youth and adults as want to attend. 

HOW DO I KNOW THIS IS THE RIGHT PROGRAM FOR MY FAMILY?

Explorers is a club and requires a time commitment and program fee of $900 (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.

In order to build a cohesive community, Explorers registration is available only in September and January. 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE NEW MEMBER MEETING

HOW DO I GET MY FAMILY INVOLVED IN Explorers?

To get involved, first you'll need to sign up for a Family Membership with us. Once you have created your new account, add your kids to your account by clicking on the "Membership" tab and adding a family member. 

Here is an FAQ on that process. 

Next, please take our new member survey which will help staff learn what members are interested in. The survey will answer some of your preliminary questions and give you an idea of what to expect from the club. We're looking forward to a great season!

CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE NEW MEMBER SURVEY

I'M 100% SURE I WANT TO REGISTER FOR Explorers THIS YEAR

Great! Then let's go ahead and get started.

First - sign up for a Family Membership with us (here's the FAQ again). 

Next - register for the New Member Meeting and take the new member survey.

Later - After the new member meeting and taken the new member survey, register for Explorers here or Junior MAC here

Our Explorers club is open to all youth aged 10-13, and we welcome new members in September and January (youth must turn 10 by January of the school year in which they join to be eligible).  

Email our member services team at  with questions or for more information.

PLEASE NOTE:  Explorers membership is $900 in total for the year. A $100 deposit/registration fee is required and the remainder can be paid in full or in monthly installments.

PARTICIPANTS MUST ENROLL ONLINE. PAYMENT IS DUE BY THE 5TH OF EACH MONTH. BECAUSE EXPLORERS IS A YEAR-ROUND PROGRAM, PARTICIPANTS CAN ONLY ENROLL IN SEPTEMBER (BY OCTOBER 1) AND JANUARY (BY FEBRUARY 1). SEE PAYMENT FORMS FOR CANCELLATION POLICY DETAILS.