April 1, 2014
Educational Affiliate Program Gaining Momentum
About two years ago our chapter introduced its first Educational Affiliate Program (EAP). This concept, created by incoming ADK President John Gilewicz, allows a chapter to create a special arrangement with a college under which students can become ADK student members for only $25 per year. The chapter undertakes to provide special programming for the students, which depending on local circumstances may include instructional clinics, trips for students only, and other special benefits. There are a couple of all-Club EAP weekends during the year: College Weekend at Heart Lake in October, offering camping and a wide variety of presentations, clinics, and hikes; and Winter Adirondacks Trip in February, which features a couple of nights at Johns Brook Lodge and a winter ascent of one of the nearby High Peaks.
The Laurentian Chapter’s EAP with SUNY Potsdam now has thirteen student members, and many more students have come on an outing or two to try the program. There is a growing group of experienced chapter leaders, augmented by some SUNY Potsdam staff members, who are helping lead trips and organize the program. SUNY Potsdam Student Government Association is providing on-campus publicity and sign-up support along with transportation at no charge to students and leaders on EAP trips. Three Laurentian EAP outings have gone ahead this fall, to Debar and Azure as well as a huge student turnout on Stone Valley trail maintenance weekend, which was co-listed as a regular and an EAP trip.
In late November we ran our first EAP trip leadership course. It is a Club requirement that EAP members take this course before they can lead an ADK trip. Following a classroom session and a model hike to illustrate leadership principles and some of the common problems, we emerged with seven new trip leaders, able to lead in either the EAP or the regular program. Welcome to Jonathan Ryan, Kirk Sweet, Ryan Arno, Kelly Glascott, Valerie Paige, Justin Maggs, and Ashley Tranello. We hope to see you often on the trails.
Apr 1, 2014: Educational Affiliate Program Gathers Momentum