Trail Dreams for Teens with Kingston Outdoor Enthusiast Brad Cook

Kingston Council on Aging
30 Evergreen Street
Kingston, MA 02364

Monday, April 9, 2018 - 6:30pm

Today, teenagers have many conflicting demands and choices clamoring for their attention, and not all of the options are healthy. Fortunately, there is no shortage of constructive choices that can help teens navigate what can be a very challenging time in their lives. For Brad Cook, a Kingston resident since 1978, discovering the power of getting outdoors was one of the best things that ever happened to him, and it changed the course of his life. He has a message that will resonate with many teens, and a passion to share that message. He'll present his ideas in a program for teens.

On Earth Day, April 22nd, there will be a chance to participate in reclaiming an important piece of recreation and conservation land, Kingston's Camp Nekon. Brad will share information about the Camp Nekon effort at the April 9th program. A program for parents is also in the planning stages.

Cook was a deeply troubled young man who who made a suicide attempt at age 17. Later in his life at age 26, he had a chance encounter with a stranger who shared his intriguing story around the campfire one evening. The seed of a dream was planted, which turned out to be the spark Brad needed to initiate what he describes as "a complete physical, mental, and spiritual transformation, a quest for more."  He hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2008. The experience transformed his life and taught him that exposure to the natural world may be the crucial missing piece that our children need in today's over-scheduled and technology-addicted society. Cook has told this story in a his book, Trail Dreams: discover your true source of happiness. More information is available on his website at

This is a Kingston Community Fun program, a collaboration between the Kingston Public Library, Kingston Recreation Department, Kingston Council on Aging, and the Adams Center.

For more information call the library at 781-585-0517, ext. 6271.