Amazing turnout for Bay Area Wilderness Training (BAWT) annual breakfast fundraiser raises $75,500 to get youth outdoors
San Francisco, CA – In a show of enthusiastic support for BAWT’s mission to get youth outdoors new donors the Crocker Trust and PG&E offered a $45,000 grant match to Bay Area business leaders, outdoor enthusiasts, educators and residents gathered at the historic Palace Hotel on October 9th for the annual Into the Wild breakfast.
Since 1999, BAWT programs and services have proved vital to schools and youth organizations throughout the Bay Area in helping over 20,000 youth experience wilderness firsthand. Its sponsors, donors and volunteers make up a community of people committed to the idea that well-led trips to granite cliffs, isolated beaches and ancient redwoods provide youth with powerful, life-changing experiences.
After a seven-minute video profiling BAWT programs, Shannon Darcey, a teacher with Oakland’s Urban Promise Academy whose recent camping trip was profiled in the video, spoke about one particular life-changing moment. “One of my 7th grade students handed me a pamphlet from Cal State Humboldt and said, ‘This is where I’m going to college! Look how beautiful it is. I can’t wait to live somewhere with so many trees!’ … eight months earlier she’d never been on a hike before and college wasn’t even a consideration.”
Today, with young people having much easier access to electronic screens than to the outdoors, they generally have very little connection to the natural environment. The BAWT community has seen first-hand how urban youth, once away from concrete streets and exposed to positive experiences in the wilderness, learn to have a broadened sense of themselves, each other, and the world around them.
“Into the Wild helps BAWT provide high-quality services to professional youth workers and teachers serving youth throughout the Bay Area,” said Scott Wolland, Executive Director. “Through expert wilderness leadership training, free access to an extensive gear library, funding and community support, we help them safely and successfully take groups into the wild for hiking, camping, and learning more about themselves, each other and the natural world.”
See the video below and learn more about the programs and services BAWT offers schools and youth organizations throughout the Bay Area.
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