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American Heritage Tour

The American Heritage Tours are part of the Alfond Youth & Community Center family.

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We strive to give members of the community an opportunity to build an understanding of our historic, political, cultural, and ethnic heritage while developing leadership, responsibility, and self-esteem.

The American Heritage Tour is a week-long trip for 8th Graders. Students and Chaperones explore historical sites throughout New York, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., Virginia, and Boston. Travel is made stress free by a seamless itinerary and prearranged transportation and lodging.

Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Trips are open enrollment and first-come first-serve, any student and chaperone can register for any week they would like. Trips will follow the recommendations of the CDC and take AYCC and school policies into consideration to keep participants as safe and healthy as possible.

The American Heritage Tour travels across seven States to over 20 major historical sites. While we navigate the ever-changing landscape of health safety and protocols in all of those different places, please know that we are doing out best to balance the continuation of our traditional historical trips with the safety of our participants, the communities we serve, and the communities we visit. We are thankful for everyone’s continued patience and understanding.

If you have any questions, please contact the Youth Programs Director at

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Where does the AHT travel?
  • New York, NY
  • Gettysburg, PA
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Mount Vernon, VA
  • Boston, MA
2024 Tour Dates

The American Heritage Tours take place generally during the April school break.

April 12-18, 2024
Registration opens November 6, 2023

A $100.00 non-refundable deposit is required for all students & participants registering for the American Heritage Tour 2024.

Full payment is due by Monday, February 12, 2024.

All refund requests must be made in writing to Abbie Charrier, Youth Programs Director.

Refund requests made between November 6, 2023 through February 12, 2024 will receive a full refund less the non-refundable $100.00 deposit and a $10.00 processing fee.

Refund requests made between February 12 through March 12, 2024 will receive a full refund less less the non-refundable $100.00 deposit, and a $500.00 fee (for bus/hotels/tickets already purchased), and a $10.00 processing fee.

Refund requests made between March 12-April 12, 2024 are not guaranteed.

Upon approval, the AYCC will only refund the paid amount on an account to the original payee for each payment made.

Payments may be made in the following ways:

1. In person at the AYCC, 126 North Street, Waterville

2. By phone with the AYCC’s Welcome Center:  207-873-0684

3. Online 

4. Mail is also an option:  AYCC, Attn:  American Heritage Tour, 126 North Street, Waterville, ME 04901

The AYCC offers families an option to have automatic payments set up for an easy-pay option on balances. This is not required, but suggested. This may be done by the account holder in our online services, or may be set up by AYCC staff. We do require a Auto Scheduled Payment form to be completed and turned into Wendy Grenier for set up. Monthly payments are set up for the first of every month beginning December 1, 2023 and each month on the 1st through March 1, 2024. Payments are approximately $412.50/month for Students or $350.00/month for Chaperones. Those receiving financial assistance are also eligible for the auto payment option.

Auto Payment Form

The AYCC utilizes an online database for our registrations and payments. Here are some helpful hints when registering.

1. All registrants should create a FREE NON-MEMBER PARTICIPANT account.

2. Begin by adding the ADULT (parent/guardian) first, and then add the youth onto the account while setting up. The system will not allow youth to be set up first and all accounts must have an adult listed, regardless if they are registering for the tour.

3. If you are unable to add youth to the account, please call our Welcome Center to add a youth onto the account.

4. Then complete the registration, following all the steps.

5. For issues or errors with registration, or login errors, plese reach out to Wendy Grenier for assistance.  Email / 207-873-0684.

6. We suggest keeping your login credentials somewhere safe because at any time, families may login to the account to make payments or to see a current balance. To login after registration, please use this link.

Account Balance / Payments


Limited financial assistance is available for the American Heritage Tours and first-come, first-served.

All families interested in applying for financial aid must complete the Financial Aid Application in it’s entirety for consideration.

Registration, including the non-refundable deposit for each person must have been completed for aid to be processed.

Additionally, each family MUST provide printed/scanned copies of all household income information. i.e. pay stubs, state or federal aid statements, 2023 tax statements (income pages only), OR a statement from the banking institution(s) highlighting the household monthly income.

All Financial Aid Applications with supporting documents must be mailed, dropped off or emailed to Wendy Grenier for processing. Processing is generally 1-2 business days. The AYCC is located at 126 North Street, Waterville, ME 04901.

Financial Aid


Informational Meetings

We will be hosting informational meetings via Microsoft Teams to discuss the details of the trip. To join meetings click on the link for your desired meeting below. All meetings are recorded and posted to the website.

Email List

Virtual Informational Meetings

Families need to attend only one.

First 2024 Meeting Date Options:

  • Oct 30, 2023 – 6:30 pm
  • November 27, 2023 – 6:30pm
  • January 8, 2024 – 6:30pm CLICK HERE

Sign up for the Email List above to receive the meeting links.


April 2024 Trip Meeting Info

Sept 28, 2023 –Slide Deck

October 30, 2023 –Slide Deck

November 27, 2023 – Slide Deck

Oct 30, 2023 – Meeting recording


November 27, 2023 – Meeting recording