Since 1989, New Beginnings’ staff has been challenging residents of the Transitional Living Program to dig deep and explore their limits through its Adventure  Challenge (AC) Program.  Youth have participated in 187 AC trips each rooted in the belief that youth learn by experience with a hands-on approach.

How you can support Adventure Challenge Trips

New Beginnings needs your support to make this opportunity available to a larger group of youth who otherwise would be unable to participate. Your donations are tax deductible. Here’s how you can help.

In-Kind Support:

  • New Gear Requests:
    • Three Person Tent
    • (2) Two Person Tents
    • (6) Rain Gear Sets – Jacket and Pants
    • (6) Pair of Snow Pants
    • (6) Pair of Wind Pants
  • Host a Challenge: Do you own or operate a business that could host our youth for an adventure-based challenge? Please let us know that you’d like to host our youth by contacting Amber Kruk by email at amber@newbeginmaine.org or by phone at (207) 795-4077 ext. 209.

Financial Support: Historically, we have been able to bring youth on six or more Adventure Challenge trips per year but with the average cost per trip rising to nearly $600.00 per youth we have had to scale back to approximately four trips per year. You can ensure these opportunities to help youth develop teamwork skills, self-esteem, and a chance to “see what’s out there” by making a donation today.

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Looking Back: A chronology of

December 2017: Sugarloaf Ski/Boarding Trip

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October 2017: Urban Trip: New York City

July 2017: Baxter State Park / Bar Harbor

March 2017: Winter Camping in the White Mountains

December 2016: Sugarloaf Ski/Boarding Trip

September 2016: Acadia National Park

May 2016: Urban Trip: Boston

December 2015: Sugarloaf Ski/Boarding Trip

July 2015: Adventure Bound Whitewater Rafting on the Kennebec River

December 2014: Sugarloaf Ski/Boarding Trip

June 2014: Conway Hostel

February 2014: Winter Camping

December 2013: Sugarloaf Ski/Boarding Trip

September 2013: Horseback Riding with camping in nearby pasture

August 2013: Portland Exploration with camping in Scarborough

July 2013: Adventure Bound Whitewater Rafting on the Kennebec River

May 2013: Urban Trip: Boston

February 2013: Winter Camping

December 2012: Sugarloaf Ski/Boarding Trip

November 2012: Tumbledown hike/Coos Canyon camping

September 2012: Horseback Riding with camping in nearby pasture

July 2012: Acadia National Park – Mountain Biking

May 2012: Urban Trip: New York City

February 2012: Winter Camping

December 2011: Sugarloaf Ski/Boarding Trip

September 2011: Horseback Riding with camping in nearby pasture

August 2011: Sebago State Park

July 2011: Rafting and Climbing Trip

May 2011: Urban Trip: Boston

February 2011: Winter Camping in the White Mountains

December 2010: Sugarloaf Ski/Boarding Trip

October 2010: Horseback Riding and camping in nearby pasture

August 2010: Bryant Pond Outdoor Center

May 2010: Urban Trip: New York City

February 2010: Winter Camping

December 2009: Sugarloaf Ski/Boarding Trip

November 2009: Bryant Pond Outdoor Center

July 2009: Whitewater Rafting

June 2009: Urban Trip: Boston

December 2008: Sugarloaf Ski/Boarding Trip

September 2008: Horseback Riding and camping in nearby pasture

August 2008: H’Olympics-Hinckley

July 2008: Geo-Quest Trip

May 2008: Urban Trip: Boston

December 2007: Sugarloaf Ski/Boarding Trip

September 2007: Horseback Riding and camping in nearby pasture

July 2007: Scavenger Hunt – Geo Quest Trip

May 2007: Urban Trip: Montreal

February 2007: Winter Camping

December 2006: Sugarloaf Ski/Boarding Trip

November 2006: Appalachian Trail Backpacking

September 2006: Horseback Riding and camping in nearby pasture

July 2006: Whitewater Rafting

April 2006: Urban Trip: Boston

February 2006: Winter Camping White Mountains

December 2005: Sugarloaf Ski/Boarding Trip

November 2005: Scavenger Hunt

September 2005: Horseback Riding and camping in nearby pasture

August 2005: Vermont Trip

July 2005: Fishing Trip

June 2005: Sea Kayaking

April 2005: Urban Trip: New York City

February 2005: Winter Camping

December 2004: Sugarloaf Ski/Boarding Trip

October 2004: Katahdin Climb

September 2004: Horseback Riding and camping in nearby pasture

August 2004: Norlands Living History Center

June 2004: Attean Pond Canoeing and Hiking

May 2004: SERE School Rangley

April 2004: Quebec Canada

February 2004: Winter Camping

December 2003: Sugarloaf Ski/Boarding Trip

November 2003: Appalachian Trail below Saddleback Mountain Backpacking

September 2003: Horseback Riding and camping in nearby pasture

September 2003: Boothbay Harbor

August 2003: Rock Climbing/Rafting – Adventure Bound

June 2003: Moose River Canoe Trip

May 2003: Urban Trip: Montreal Canada

February 2003: Winter Camping

December 2002: Sugarloaf Ski/Boarding Trip

November 2002: Bigelow Mountain Backpacking

September 2002: Urban Trip: New York City

August 2002: Horseback Riding and camping in nearby pasture

July 2002: Hermit Island Ocean Trip

May 2002: Coos Canyon / Tumbledown Hike

March 2002: Winter Camping White Mountains

February 2002: Washington D.C. National Network for Youth Development Trip

December 2001: Sugarloaf Ski/Boarding Trip

November 2001: Men’s Conference Portland / White Mountains Backpacking

September 2001: Norlands Living History Center

July 2001: Horseback Riding and camping in nearby pasture

July 2001: Moose River Canoe Trip

June 2001: Mount Washington Climb

May 2001: Conway, NH Youth Hostel Trip

February 2001: Winter Camping White Mountains

December 2000: Sugarloaf Ski/Boarding Trip

November 2000: White Mountains Hiking

September 2000: Acadia National Park

August 2000: Horseback Riding and camping in nearby pasture

July 2000: Whitewater Rafting Kennebec River

June 2000: Moose River Canoe Trip

May 2000: Conway, NH Youth Hostel Trip

March 2000: Norlands Living History Center

February 2000: Winter Camping – Basin Site White Mountains

January 2000: Winter Camping – Basin Site White Mountains

December 1999: Sugarloaf Hiking Trip

September 1999: Ocean Trip – Hermit Island

July 1999: Horseback Riding and camping in nearby pasture

June 1999: Moose River Canoe Trip

April 1999: Urban Trip: Boston, Youth Hostel

February 1999: Winter Camping and Carter Hut

December 1998: Sugarloaf Ski/Boarding Trip

November 1998: Tumbledown Mountain – Backpacking

September 1998: Unity College Ropes Course

August 1998: Horseback Riding and camping in nearby pasture

June 1998: Moose River Canoe Trip

May 1998: Grand Manan Island, Canada

March 1998: Norlands Living History Center

February 1998: Winter Camping in the White Mountains

December 1997: Sugarloaf Ski/Boarding Trip

October 1997: Unity College Ropes Course

August 1997: Whitewater Rafting

August 1997: Horseback Riding and camping in nearby pasture

June 1997: Moose River Canoe Trip

May 1997: Tumbledown Mountain – Backpacking

April 1997: Urban Trip: Boston

February 1997: Winter Camping and Carter Hut

December 1996: Norlands Living History Center / Sugarloaf Ski/Boarding Trip

November 1996: Tumbledown Mountain – Backpacking

September 1996: White Mountains National Forest Hiking

August 1996: Baxter State Park: Katahdin Climb

June 1996: Moose River Canoe Trip

April 1996: Acadia National Park MTB Trip

March 1996: Urban Trip: Boston, Youth Hostel

February 1996: Winter Camping and Carter Hut

December 1995: Norlands Living History Center / Sugarloaf Ski/Boarding Trip

October 1995: Baxter State Park: Katahdin Climb

August 1995: Baxter State Park: Katahdin Climb

June 1995: Moose River Canoe Trip

April 1995: Acadia National Park MTB Trip

February 1995: Winter Camping and Carter Hut

December 1994: Norlands Living History Center / Sugarloaf Ski/Boarding Trip

November 1994: Backpacking – Tumbledown Mountain

October 1994: Baxter State Park

August 1994: H’Olympics – Hinckley, Maine

June 1994: USM Ropes Course

May 1994: Acadia National Park

March 1994: Sugarloaf Ski/Boarding Trip

February 1994: Grand Canyon, Arizona

December 1993: Norlands Living History Center / Sugarloaf Ski/Boarding Trip

October 1993: Backpacking – Tumbledown Mountain

August 1993: Moose River Canoe Trip

July 1993: Camp Mechuwana (Winthrop, ME)

June 1993: Kennebec River Rafting

April 1993: Chewonki Outdoor Center

February 1993: Sugarloaf Ski/Boarding Trip

January 1993: Winter Camping and Carter Hut

December 1992: Norlands Living History Center

October 1992: USM Ropes Course – Freeport, ME

August 1992: Moose River Canoe Trip

May 1992: Bethel Center Outward Bound Rock Climbing

April 1992: Boston Outward Bound Trip

February 1992: White Mountains Winter Camping and Carter Hut

January 1992: Winter Recreation: Skiing and Camping

December 1991: Norlands Living History Center

October 1991: UNH Ropes Course

September 1991: Backpacking at Tumbledown Mountain

June 1991: Mt. Blue Camping Trip

May 1991: Navy SERE School: Rangley, Maine

March 1991: Urban Trip: New York City

February 1991: Winter Recreation: skiing, camping, dog sledding

January 1991: White Mountains Winter Camping

December 1990: Norlands Living History Center

November 1990: Fisher Farms / Thorncrag Community Service

September 1990: “Acres of Wildlife” Campground

August 1990: Kennebec River Rafting

June 1990: Acadia National Park

May 1990: Boothbay Harbor

April 1990: Bradbury Mountain

October 1989: Mt. Blue Camping Trip

July 1989: Kennebec River Rafting

July 1989: Camden Hills Camping Trip

June 1989: Camden Hills Camping Trip

May 1989: Mt. Bradbury Camping Trip