Seattle Pioneers

Seattle Pioneers

Pioneers is a year round program designed for 7-9 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.

FAMILY-DRIVEN, STAFF-SUPPORTED

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! 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 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.

We are growing! In the 2019/2020 year, Pioneers will be divided into two cohorts: Pioneers for ages 7-8 and Nomads for those who are 9. 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!

Pioneers membership is $750 in total for the year. A $50 deposit is required and the remainder can be paid in full or in monthly 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!

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HOW DO OUTINGS WORK?

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

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 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 the 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 PIONEERS THIS YEAR

Great! Then let's go ahead and get started (but do make sure you also fill out the survey)

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

Next -  RSVP for the new member meeting and take the new member survey.

Later - After you've attended the new member meeting and filled out the survey, you can register for Pioneers here or Nomads here!

Our Pioneers club is open to all youth aged 7-9, and we welcome new members in September and January.  

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

PLEASE NOTE:  Pioneers membership is $750 in total for the year. A $75 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 PIONEERS 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.

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Natasha Zimmers
Natasha Zimmers says:
Sun, Sep 8, 2019 12:41 PM

Hi,
I'm a little confused on registration and payment. I RSVped for the first meeting, but didn't see a payment form.

Thanks