Bangor Region YMCA Partnering with Acadia National Park to Engage Youth in Outdoor Experiences

The Bangor Region YMCA and Acadia National Park are launching an innovative partnership to provide children and teens opportunities to experience the park’s forests, mountains, lakes, and seashore through outdoor play and structured learning programs.

Each summer, youths from the Bangor Y’s overnight Camp Jordan, Camp G. Peirce Webber Day Camp, Adventure Day Camp, and school-age Before and After School program regularly travel to Acadia to enjoy its splendors. This new collaboration will engage more children and teens in outdoor and service learning, expand outdoor opportunities to military families, and create career pathways for young adults in conservation. This multi-year strategic partnership is funded by a grant from the National Council of YMCAs of the USA within its Bringing Youth Together Outdoors Program to strengthen collaborations between YMCAs and national parks across the U.S.

Bangor Region YMCA CEO Diane Dickerson states, “We are so honored to partner with Acadia National Park and are grateful to help more children and teens discover the wonders of what I believe is the most beautiful national park in the country.”

Acadia is widely recognized as among our country’s most scenic and unique national parks, offering youths boundless options to hike trails and mountains, cycle carriage paths, swim lakes and coastal beaches, and enjoy rustic campgrounds. The Bangor Region YMCA’s summer camps focus on experiential learning, outdoor skills, and self-discovery within a solid framework of its values of caring, honesty, kindness, respect, and responsibility.

“Getting young people outdoors is critical to building future stewards of Acadia National Park,” says Acadia National Park volunteer coordinator Dianna Sproul. “We are so excited to be building this youth engagement program with the Bangor Region YMCA and can’t wait to see its impact on the park and our communities.”

“I was lucky enough to spend a ton of time outside as a kid, and I know those experiences had a huge impact on my life,” says Acadia National Park deputy superintendent Brandon Bies. “It’s exciting that we now get to build those valuable opportunities to build connections with the outdoors and national parks through great partnerships like this.”

The project’s experiential outdoor learning activities are underway now, while more are planned for 2025 and future seasons. Please contact the Bangor Region YMCA at (207) 941-2808 to learn more. All YMCA’s program information is available at www.bangory.org. Information about Acadia National Park is available at www.nps.gov/acad 

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