EDGECOMB — Teens To Trails recently announced this year’s Outing Club grant recipients from 11 high schools across the state, including four new teen Outing Club programs. Grant awards were made to: Biddeford High School, Cony High School, Deer Isle-Stonington High School, Deering High School, Dirigo High School, Maine Central Institute, Maine School of Science and Mathematics, Portland High School, South Portland High School, The New School and Thornton Academy.

“High school Outing Clubs are the most effective way we have found for engaging teens in their natural world, with the potential to make fun safe outdoor experiences accessible to every Maine student,” Carol Leone, Teens To Trails founder, stated in a press release. These schools were awarded support funds totaling almost $5,000. These grants were made possible by ongoing support from L.L. Bean and a grant from The Old Bug Light Charitable Foundation.

Through the T3 Grants-to-Clubs program, assistance with transportation costs helped to eliminate a hurdle these schools face in getting students outdoors. In addition, these grants allowed Outing Clubs to purchase needed gear, extend their activity season to include winter months, and ensure trips are accessible to all students regardless of their financial situation.

For more information, visit TeensToTrails.org.

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