Tacoma Pathfinders

Tacoma Pathfinders

Tacoma Pathfinders (formerly Pioneers) is a year round program designed for 6-9 year-olds who are interested in spending time outdoors. No experience or skills needed to join - we will teach all the skills they will need to participate in an activity.

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COVID-19 FALL UPDATE: pathfinders PROGRAMS ARE HAPPENING IN MODIFIED VERSIONS THAT ALIGN WITH THE MOUNTAINEERS' COVID-19 PROTOCOLS. THIS MAY MEAN SMALL-GROUP MEETINGS/OUTINGS AND MOVING MORE ACTIVITIES OUTDOORS, AMONG OTHER MORE MINOR MODIFICATIONS.

FAMILY-DRIVEN, STAFF-SUPPORTED

Our Tacoma Pathfinders program provides youth ages 6-9 and their parents/guardians with the opportunity to get outside once a month. Pathfinders is designed to expose youth to a variety of outdoor activities and have fun! They 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 driving, supervising, participating, and maybe 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.

Tacoma Pathfinders membership is $400 in total for the year (per child). A $100 deposit is required and the remainder can be paid in full or in quarterly installments.

*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.

TYPICAL OUTINGS

Activities: Hiking, Rock Climbing, Cross-Country Skiing, Snow Shelter Building, Snowshoeing, Stewardship, Camping, Kayaking, Exploring , and so much more!

HOW DO OUTINGS WORK?

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

HOW DO I GET MY FAMILY INVOLVED IN PIONEERS?

To get involved, first you'll need to sign up for a Family Membership. Once you have created your new account, add your kids to your account by clicking on the "Membership" tab and adding a family member. You'll need to fill out some of the "Youth Forms" on your child's profile; specifically, the Youth Information Form and the Pathfinders Form.  Then, click on the button below to register!

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Here is a FAQ on that process.

 

Questions?

Email sarahh@mountaineers.org or ryann@tacomamountaineers.org with questions or for more information.

PLEASE NOTE:  Pathfinders  membership is $400 in total for the year. A $100 deposit/registration fee is required and the remainder can be paid in full or in quarterly installments. Payment forms will be filled out in person at your first meeting.

PARTICIPANTS MUST ENROLL ONLINE. Installments will be paid between the 1st and 5th of Dec, March, and June.  SEE PAYMENT FORMS FOR CANCELLATION POLICY DETAILS.