Calendar of Events

December 16 (10-2pm) Orientation at Winding Trails in Farmington. Bring warm clothes as we will be both indoors and out. Lunch will be provided. Directions: Winding Trails is easily accessible from Interstate 84, exit 39 (Route 4, Farmington). Head straight off the exit and travel west on Route 4 for 2.2 miles. Turn right onto Devonwood Drive and then turn left onto Winding Trails Drive. (address for gps is ’50 Winding Trails Drive’)

January 27-28 (10am arrival, 11 am departure) This will be an overnight campout in cabins at Camp Harkness in Waterford CT. Activities will be both inside and out. Youth should bring warm clothes, hat, gloves, coat, and boots if they have them. Everything else will be provided. Directions: The camp is located at 301 Great Neck Road (Route 213) in Waterford CT in New London County. From Hartford, take Route 2 to Exit 19 Colchester/New London, and proceed south on Route 11.  Follow to Exit 4 at end of Route 11, and turn left onto Route 82(East Haddam Rd).  Proceed 1 mile to traffic light, and turn right onto Route 85 (Hartford/New London Turnpike).  Follow Route 85 for approximately eight miles into Waterford.  Pass under I-395 and at second traffic light turn right onto Cross Road. Go two miles and then turn left onto Route 1 (Boston Post Rd) for 1.5 miles to Avery Lane.  Turn right on Avery Lane and follow directions above onto Route 213 to Camp Harkness. Go to their website for directions from other places.  If you are interested in carpooling from either Cromwell CT or East Hartford CT, talk to us and we can arrange.

February 24-25 (10am arrival, 11 am departure) This will be an overnight campout in cabins at Camp Harkness in Waterford CT. Activities will be both inside and out. Youth should bring warm clothes, hat, gloves, coat, and boots if they have them. Everything else will be provided. Directions: The camp is located at 301 Great Neck Road (Route 213) in Waterford CT in New London County. From Hartford, take Route 2 to Exit 19 Colchester/New London, and proceed south on Route 11.  Follow to Exit 4 at end of Route 11, and turn left onto Route 82(East Haddam Rd).  Proceed 1 mile to traffic light, and turn right onto Route 85 (Hartford/New London Turnpike).  Follow Route 85 for approximately eight miles into Waterford.  Pass under I-395 and at second traffic light turn right onto Cross Road. Go two miles and then turn left onto Route 1 (Boston Post Rd) for 1.5 miles to Avery Lane.  Turn right on Avery Lane and follow directions above onto Route 213 to Camp Harkness. Go to their website for directions from other places.  If you are interested in carpooling from either Cromwell CT or East Hartford CT, talk to us and we can arrange.

March 24-25  Tunxis Cabin, East Hartland. This is an overnight campout in a more rustic cabin within the Tunxis State Forest in East Hartland, CT. Activities will mainly take place outside, where we will do a good deal of hiking on Saturday. Youth should wear clothes appropriate for the weather. Youth should have a reliable pair of boots or heavy sneakers for hiking. Sleeping bags and water bottles will be provided. Youth may choose to bring a flash light or head lamp. Electronic devices are strongly discouraged.  Directions:  From the junction of Route 20 and Route 181 in Hartland, proceed east on Route 20. Follow 8.0 miles and turn right on Balance Rock Road. Follow to the end of the road and park. If using GPS, put in ‘Balance Rock Road’ in East Hartland and it should get you there.  If you are interested in carpooling from either Cromwell CT or East Hartford CT, talk to us and we can arrange.

April 28-29 Empower Leadership Sports, Middletown. This is an exciting opportunity in which we’ve connected with a company called Empower Leadership Sports.  We planned a weekend at their recreation facility to engage in a ‘treetop adventure’ involving zip lines, a ropes course, and other really cool activities. We will be spending about 7 hours with them on Saturday engaged in these activities and will be camping in tents on their property overnight. Everyone should arrive on Saturday at 9:30 am to be ready to begin at 10am. We will depart on Sunday at 11am. Youth should pack clothes appropriate to the weather. It will likely be warmer during the day and cool at night. We spoke with all youths about wearing ‘layers’. If it is still cold in late April, youth should bring hats and gloves. Sleeping bags, water bottles, tents, and food will be provided. Legal guardians must fill out a release form before youth can participate in these activities. Address: 2011 South Main Street in Middletown (towards Durham). Carpooling from Cromwell is available as needed.

May 19-20 Peoples State Forest, Barkhamsted. Directions to site. CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

June 23-24 Peoples State Forest, Barkhamsted. Directions to site.Off Route 44: take Route 318 in Barkhamsted. Go across the steel bridge and take an immediate left onto East River Road. The recreation area is approximately 1 mile up on the left. Look for the ‘Ullman Grove Area’ and the ‘Yellow Museum’. We are meeting on Saturday at 10am. Youth will hike about 4 miles to the campsite. We will depart on Sunday at 11am. Youth should pack clothes appropriate to the weather.

July 14-15 Cockaponset State Forest on Pattaconk Reservoir, Haddam. DIRECTIONS: From Middletown area: take Route 9 south, Exit 6. Turn right off the exit ramp and go west on Route 148 for approximately 2 miles. Take a right onto Cedar Lake Road and drive approximately 2 miles. Take a left at the Pattaconk Lake sign. Drive down Filley Road to parking for SITE C (download map HERE). From Old Saybrook area: take Route 9 north, Exit 6. Turn left off the exit ramp and go west on Route 148 for approximately 2 miles. Take a right onto Cedar Lake Road and drive approximately 2 miles. Take a left at the Pattaconk Lake sign. Drive down Filley Road to parking for SITE C (download map HERE). WHAT TO BRING: Youth will be hiking and will have the opportunity to swim. Arrive on site at 10am (8:30 if carpooling from Cromwell). We will depart on Sunday at 11am.

August 4-11 Adirondack Mountains, Upstate New York. Please get your paperwork in and payments made asap.