Along with many community outings and events offered at the FKOC for our adult members, such as annual Welcome Winter evening in early December, and the Band and BBQ event in the fall, we also offer ongoing educational programming for youth.
Jalbert Ski Program
The Jalbert Youth Ski Program is a great opportunity for children ages 4-14 to get outside and learn to cross-country ski! This exciting winter program hosted at the Fort Kent Outdoor Center (FKOC) offers trail passes, ski rentals, and instruction at no cost. Sessions are typically held on Saturday afternoons twice a month (December-February). Dates and details are posted once the trails at the FKOC are skiable. Whether your child ends up coming to just one session, or gets hooked and doesn’t miss a single one, each week’s session has a different focus—be it balance and glide, or uphill and downhill skills.
A team of over 15 FKOC volunteers help coordinate ski rentals and provide instruction to the participants according to their ability level and preferred technique. While most participants are equipped with classic skis (fish-scales on the base), some participants take advantage of the opportunity to try skate skiing (no fish scales). After an hour of instruction, relays, and games on the snow (limbo is an all-time favorite!), participants return their ski rentals and enjoy refreshments in the Lodge provided by parent donations.
We are always looking for volunteers (ages 15+) to help out both indoors—registration, rental shop & kitchen—and outdoors for instruction on the snow. If you are interested in helping out, please send us a message and look out for more information about our Jalbert Volunteer Training held in mid-November.
Jalbert Biathlon Program
For youth ages 10+ interested in competing in biathlon, the Jalbert Biathlon Program offers instruction at the same time as the Youth Ski Program. The biathlon portion of the program extends beyond the winter months, however, with training and events held throughout the summer for a nominal fee.
Since it began in *2011, the Jalbert Youth Ski & Biathlon Programs have been funded by the generosity and enthusiasm of Fort Kent native, Mrs. Phyllis Jalbert. Phyllis is happy to see cross-country skiing and biathlon thriving in our community. The FKOC is very grateful for her ongoing support.