Gray Wolves

The start to our 
2018-19 year marks the GRAY WOLVES final year in the program. The GRAY WOLVES outing structure will look and feel somewhat different from past years and will include: three (3) extended day-long explorations, two (2) campouts (one early fall, one late spring), one (1) five-hour outing, a graduation potluck, and the opportunity to serve with our younger Explorers Club groups at our Connelly Creek Service Site by volunteering as an Explorers Mentor Apprentice (EMA).

Before we look ahead to our 2018-19 year, let's look behind and see where we've been. Take a moment and revisit the GRAY WOLVES blog posts to refresh your memory.

GRAY WOLVES are again eligible to sign up as an Explorers Mentoring Apprentice (EMA), in addition to their EMA service outings. An EMA is someone who has decided to take a more overt role of mentor in their community. Participants in our Four Shields and elder boys from our EC program are given the option (and highly encouraged) to join us for outings with younger EC groups as EMA's. EMA's are introduced to mentoring techniques such as leading from behind, risk assessment, skill sharing, game facilitation, group leadership, and micro and macro guiding. 

The GRAY WOLVES skill focus for the year will be the Art of Fire and the Art of Wilderness TravelRead more about our BEC Skills Progression and the vital skill of being prepared with our Be Prepared Checklist. Our Earth Skills Journey will lead the Explorers down a path that will lay a firm foundation of craftsmanship, wilderness living, and deep naturalist connection.


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Gray Wolves 2018-19 Schedule


OUTING #2: Saturday, September 29 at 9:00AM - Sunday, September 30 at 5:00PM
CAMPOUT: Racehorse Falls

139 vertical feet of cascading water. A deep fold of Chuckanut sandstone. A momentous flash flood in 2009. Fossilized relics from an Eocene river delta. All this comes together to create a magnificent exploration. Racehorse Falls never ceases to amaze.

Drop-off and Pick-up Directions: From I-5 take exit 250. Turn west onto Old Fairhaven Pkwy for .5 of a mile. Turn right onto 24th St for .3 of a mile. Turn right onto McKenzie Ave for .2 of a mile to Cascades Montessori Middle school. Map.

OUTING #1 MAKEUP: Sunday, October 14th, 9:00AM-4:00PM
EXTENDED EXPLORATION: Hannegan Pass

We will take a Wild Whatcom bus out Highway 542 straight to the heart of the North Cascades. Turning off the 542, we will park at Hannegan Road and continue east on foot or snowshoes! Hiking the road we will wind along the upper headwaters of the North Fork of the Nooksack. The first few miles parallel the North Fork under the shadow of Goat Mountain with a relatively low incline. Soon the low-lying river valley turns into hemlock and spruce laden forest as the mountains grow ever more dynamic. At mile three the trail comes to a junction with the glacier-carved Ruth Creek Valley. Eventually it leads east to Hannegan Pass or follows the Nooksack Cirque Trail to its Terminus with the Nooksack Glacier. There are continuous views of the Nooksack Ridge and frozen waterfalls along the steep cliffs of Mt. Sefrit to the south.

Drop-off and Pick-up Directions: From I-5 take exit 250. Turn west onto Old Fairhaven Pkwy for .5 of a mile. Turn right onto 24th St for .3 of a mile. Turn right onto McKenzie Ave for .2 of a mile to Cascades Montessori Middle school. Map.

OUTING #3: Saturdays and Sundays, October 6 - October 21
EMA Opportunities at the Connelly Creek Service Site and Woodstock Farm!

Your lead mentor will help you coordinate a time to get out with a younger group as an EMA on their service outing. You will have an opportunity to Teach Who You Are as you share your experience and wisdom with the next generation of Explorers while serving alongside them.

Directions: From I-5 drive west on Old Fairhaven Parkway for 0.1 of a mile. Turn right onto 30th St. and drive for 0.3 of a mile. Turn right on Donovan Ave. and drive for .1 of a mile. Turn right onto 32nd Ave. and drive for .2 of a mile. Turn left into Bellingham Park & Ride (WSDOT) Westside. Map.

OUTING #4: Sunday, January 13, 9:00AM - 4:00PM
EXTENDED EXPLORATION: Alternate Incline to Lizard Lake

Lily and Lizard Lakes sit on Blanchard Mountain and offer pleasures both very real and “under review”. The steep hike up is an aerobic workout and the reward is worth the exertion (and that doesn’t even take into account the legend!). There’s no telling weather the legend is real, but even if we don’t see it, the boulder field where it was first sighted will be great to scramble over. If you see the legend, please alert your fellow Explorers and Mentors so we can check it out for ourselves!


Drop-off and Pick-up Directions: From I-5 take exit 250. Turn west onto Old Fairhaven Pkwy for .5 of a mile. Turn right onto 24th St for .3 of a mile. Turn right onto McKenzie Ave for .2 of a mile to Cascades Montessori Middle school. Map.

OUTING #5: Saturday, February 2, 10:00AM-3:00PM
EXPLORATION: Larrabee State Park

In addition to its vast swaths of second growth forests, Larrabee State Park has 8,100-feet of saltwater shoreline on Samish Bay to explore and work on our tracking. We may choose to hunker down and work on skills, investigate the intertidal areas or explore under the canopy of huge conifers.  


Driving Directions: Drive south on Chuckanut Dr. for 5 miles. Turn right into Larrabee State Park. Follow the road to the left and meet in the day use parking. NOTE: WASHINGTON STATE REQUIRES A DISCOVERY PASS FOR PARKING. TO AVOID A TICKET, STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A PASS. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

OUTING #6: Saturdays and Sundays, March 3-March 23
EMA Opportunities at the Connelly Creek Service Site and Woodstock Farm!

Your lead mentor will help you coordinate a time to get out with a younger group as an EMA on their service outing. You will have an opportunity to Teach Who You Are as you share your experience and wisdom with the next generation of Explorers while serving alongside them.

Directions: From I-5 drive west on Old Fairhaven Parkway for 0.1 of a mile. Turn right onto 30th St. and drive for 0.3 of a mile. Turn right on Donovan Ave. and drive for .1 of a mile. Turn right onto 32nd Ave. and drive for .2 of a mile. Turn left into Bellingham Park & Ride (WSDOT) Westside. Map.

OUTING #7: Saturday, May 18th at 9:00AM - Sunday, May 19th at 5:00PM
CAMPOUT: Baker River 

Located in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, the Baker River trail is the southwestern gateway to North Cascades National Park. This trail not only offers great camp spots along its gravel bars, it also boasts spectacular views of Mt. Baker and Mt. Shuksan, is home to primordial old growth Douglas fir, hemlock, and cedar, cascading creeks, long-haired lichen, rare amphibians, large mammals, and so much more. 

Drop-off and Pick-up Directions: From I-5 take exit 250. Turn west onto Old Fairhaven Pkwy for .5 of a mile. Turn right onto 24th St for .3 of a mile. Turn right onto McKenzie Ave for .2 of a mile to Cascades Montessori Middle school. Map.

OUTING #8: Saturday, June 1st, 10:00AM-3:00PM 

EXPLORATION: Clayton Beach

There is just so much to do here!  There are forests to explore, fossils to find, rocks to climb, giant hills of sand to play on, plus all the awesome plants and animals that call this area home. Where we go and what we do is determined by our curiosity.

Directions: Drive South on Chuckanut Drive from Fairhaven, for 5.5 miles. The parking lot for Clayton Beach is a short distance past the main Larrabee State Park entrance, on the left hand side. Click here for the Google Map Destination.


EVENT: Saturday, June 1 at Fairhaven Park Pavilion from 4:30PM to 6:30PM
Gray Wolves Graduation Potluck and Slideshow!

Join us for a celebration to commemorate the Gray Wolves' journey through Explorers Club. 
Look for the email from your mentors regarding potluck assignments and logistics. Potluck sign-ups here.

Directions: From I-5, take the Old Fairhaven Parkway exit (250).  Head west on Old Fairhaven Parkway toward Fairhaven. Turn L on 12th St/Chuckanut Drive. Turn L into the Fairhaven Park Entrance. Turn R into the first parking lot. Click here for the Google Map location.

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