Young Adventurers Club (YAC)

The YAC encourages and promotes children's enthusiasm for playing in Vermont's outdoor spaces.

Young Adventurers Club (YAC) outings provide an opportunity for families and their youngest hikers to get out and explore the woods at a comfortable, playful pace. Outings focus on families getting out and having fun, rather than going fast or far. While the pace may be geared more towards younger adventurers (ages 3-10), but everyone is welcome!

YAC GMC Bread Loaf

Lauren Bierman, Bread Loaf's awesome YAC leader since October 2016, is taking a well deserved break to hike the Long Trail this summer.

We plan to offer new "Family Friendly" hikes in the spring and summer of 2019.

Until a volunteer steps forward to lead Bread Loaf Section's YAC, we hope you enjoy getting outdoors with your young hikers! It's all good outdoors in the fresh air. To review past events, Young Adventurers Club is on Facebook at

When they are scheduled, you will find family friendly outings CALENDAR page.

Bread Loaf's YAC Leader: Lauren Bierman

Lauren’s first memory of hiking was a family hike for Thanksgiving in the White Mountains, where they stayed overnight in a hut with all her cousins. She remembered how freeing it felt to be in the woods for those days, and she’s been hooked ever since. She was trained as a Wilderness First Responder, a Maine State Trip Leader, and has spent 6 ½ weeks on the Appalachian Trail with nine 13-year-old girls. in 2016, she started the Little Hikers Hiking Group to help encourage kids to get outside and explore the forests, and to help parents reconnect with their love of hiking. Lauren lives in Bridport with her husband and their two wildly energetic boys.

YAC Trail Clean Up Day, Sept. 30, 2018

What a terrific day for trail maintenance on the Trail Around Middlebury (TAM) in Wright Park! We cleared brush, learned how to use hand saws, learned all about invasive species and why it's important to clear them out, and most importantly, spent the day outside in nature with great friends!

Many thanks to MALT's (Middlebury Area Land Trust) Jenn Smith, and John Derick for showing us such a great time!

Lots more photos of this and other activities on our YAC Facebook page.


(above) At Snake Mountain's summit, summer 2018.

Photos of previous YAC activities:

11/5/16 Scavenger Hunt at Wright Park Middlebury (Photos)

4/22/17 Labyrinths and Mazes at Spirit in Nature in Ripton (Photos)

9/24/17 Poetry of Robert Frost on Robert Frost Trail in Ripton (Photos)

Read Feb 23, 2017 article about YAC on GMC's website.