Take Advantage of Shoulder Seasons



Have you heard the term “shoulder season”? That’s what travel pros call the time between a popular destination’s peak and off seasons. Prices tend to be lower and crowds tend to be smaller, yet most attractions are still open for business, hoping to attract a few last-minute visitors.

I’ve always found shoulder season to be a great time for troop trips to popular state and national parks. Once the fall leaves have faded and the chamber-of-commerce weather has ended, Scouts can enjoy more elbow room in the campsites and less congestion on the trails. There may be less scheduled events—usually not a big deal—but there can be more opportunities to work with park rangers on special activities or service projects.

Have you had success with shoulder-season outings? Or perhaps off seasons are more your style. Post your stories in the comments section.


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