As we move into the 2019-2020 school year, the following is a tentative schedule for CatRock programming:

CatRock Leadership Academy:

September: Recruitment

October: Applications Due, Orientation

November 12th: Program Launch: Adventure Film Festival

December: Full Orientation for accepted new recruits & Leadership Workshop

January: Expedition #1: Laying the Groundwork, Expedition Behavior, and Leadership Development

February: Expedition #2: Outdoor Leadership Training 101-201

March: Expedition #3: Wilderness First Aid Training

April: Expedition #4: Week Long Outdoor Expedition (Jay Peak)

May: Expedition #5: Community Service Project

June: Expedition #6: Urban Backpacking

College and Career Planning (for juniors and seniors):

In conjunction with New Settlement College Access Center, two fall college tours are planned (for more information or to sign up, please contact John Burr at

September 30 - Manhattanville College and SUNY Dutchess Community College Tours

October 14 - University at Albany and College of Saint Rose Tours


College Workshop for Seniors

College Workshop for Juniors




August 20- August 29: Montana Service Project

July 1-July 4: Ramah Biking Trip

June 27: Belmont Graduation, Belmont High School

Craig speaks

June 25: Sail for Kids, 71 Water Grant St. Yonkers NY 10701

Our 8th annual Sail For Kids event hosted by the Yasgur family, supports the transformative work of CatRock Ventures. We sailed on the Hudson on Pete Seeger's boat, The Sloop Clearwater. We enjoyed good music, drinks and food, and learned how our programs reaches, inspires, and empowers the next generation of environmental, community, and business leaders from under-served communities. Even if you were not able to join us, your support is always welcome with a donation of any amount.

June 24: Sail for City Kids, Young Executive Event, 79th Street Boat Basin

Our incredible, empowering, and dedicated team of CatRock program leaders and volunteers, celebrated and educated our friends, peers, and business contacts about CatRock’s mission. The event was a 2-hour sailing cruise on the Hudson River aboard Pete Seeger's boat, The Sloop Clearwater. Much of Catrock’s success depends on enlisting new trip leaders and volunteers for our outdoor programs and in our center-based leadership classes and workshops. For more information about volunteering, please reach out to Executive Director, Craig Meisner at

June 23-29: Claire Tappen Trip (California Service Project)

June 23: Leadership Academy Certificate Ceremony at the Lodge.

June 22-23: Urban Backpacking, Meet at the CatRock Lodge

CatRock students and volunteers spend the weekend traveling the five boroughs of NYC doing community service projects. We will camp out Sat June 23.

June 16: College Workshop, CatRock Lodge, 4–6 PM

Rising Seniors meet with John, Catrock’s College and Career Advisor and Shuba, New Settlements’s college advisor, to discuss their post-secondary options and deciding if college is right for them and the steps involved for choosing the right schools, applying and getting financial aid.

May 16: Delaware Water Gap Rafting Trip

On a beautiful spring day, 36 students and volunteers paddle more than 10 miles down the Delaware Water Gap in 6 rafts.

April 22-April 27: CatRock Leadership Summit, Jay Peak Vt.

CatRock Students and volunteers spend a week Snowboarding, Skiing, Hiking, Snowshoeing and so much more as we explore the outdoors in Vermont over spring break.

March 30-31: Wilderness First Aid Training, Yasgur’s Retreat.

CatRock staff and volunteers from the NY chapter of the Sierra Club, provided comprehensive first aid training to CatRock Leadership Academy students who were unable to attend the first session. Upon completion students receive their First Aid Wilderness certificate.

March 23: Snowboard and Ski Trip, Mountain Creek CT.

Sponsored by Mountain Creek, all CatRock students received free snowboarding or skiing lessons and free lift tickets.

March 20: College Workshop, CatRock Lodge, 4–6 PM

Special Admission Programs

February 27: College Workshop, CatRock Lodge, 4–6 PM

Selecting The Right Schools and Majors/Evaluating Postsecondary Choice.

February 22-24: Outdoor Leadership Training, International Youth Hostel, NYC

A 2-night trip where CatRock students learned various skills on how to plan and run an outdoor trip, such as choosing the proper gear, permission slips and forms, transportation, and other aspects. Students also reviewed material previously covered in Wilderness First Aid training with several scenarios.

January 26-27: Wilderness First Aid Training, Central Park

CatRock staff, along with volunteers from the NYC ICO chapter of the Sierra Club, provide comprehensive first aid training to CatRock Leadership Academy students. Upon completion students receive their Wilderness First Aid certificate.

January 19: Outdoor Leadership Staff Retreat at Yasgur’s

The CatRock staff meets to make plans for 2019, set goals for our programs and look back at 2018, while also enjoying the outdoors in Kent, CT.

January 15–March 12: CHILL

8-week program: Snowboarding every Tuesday at Mountain Creek. Sponsored by the Chill Foundation. Our students practiced six core values—respect, courage, pride, persistence, responsibility, and patience—as they learned how to snowboard for the first time with lessons by the instructor on the mountain.

January 9: One-on-One College Guidance for Catrock Seniors, Catrock Lodge, 4-6 PM

An information session for CatRock seniors to learn how they can receive FREE One on One college advice and assistance from a professional college advisor

January 7: College Explorer Program for CatRock Juniors, CatRock Lodge, 4-6 PM

An information session for CatRock Juniors to learn how they can get free SAT prep and college guidance.