by Melissa Robbins, Volunteer, The Launch Pad Teen Center
Yavapai County residents looking to improve local teens’ access to healthy outdoor activities while also enjoying the splendor of our state’s largest national park should consider participating in this year’s Trek for Teens hike across the Grand Canyon.
The Launch Pad’s sixth annual Trek for Teens fundraiser hike will take place Oct. 6 to Oct. 7. Participants can sign up for either day; each will be dedicated to one 25-mile rim-to-rim hike across the canyon.
Those hoping for a more intense experience are invited to apply for the chance to participate in both days, hiking rim-to-rim-to-rim — or R3, as we call it.
This year, participants are required to register as teams of two or more people, for both safety and moral support. Each team needs a name and must designate a team captain, who will serve as a mentor for their teammates.
Those hoping to participate, but who have trouble gathering teammates, can reach out to The Launch Pad and we will help connect you with a team.
Each team member is required to raise at least $1,000 through peer-to-peer fundraising prior to the event. The top team and individual fundraisers will be rewarded with various fitness and outdoor recreation gear prizes.
The funds raised through Trek for Teens go toward helping low-income youth participate in The Launch Pad’s numerous outdoor programs, including our weekly outdoor adventure, our fall and spring break adventure trips, Adventure Camp in June — as well as paying for the equipment necessary for these programs.
Not only will your fundraising support Prescott teens’ mental and physical well-being, but your hard work and dedication while hiking the canyon will model healthy living habits and perseverance for the youth in
For more information, or to sign up, visit the Trek for Teens webpage at
give.thelaunchpadteencenter.org/event/trek-for-teens-2023/e477206. If you have questions, need to be connected
with a team or would like to apply for the two-day R3 hike, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.