Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes. The BAWT office is officially moving at the end of August! The new location will be at: 1050 East 8th Street, Oakland, CA 94606, near the Lake Merritt Bart station and Laney College. The gear library will be more easily accessible as there is no basement ramp to drive down and street parking is readily available in this residential neighborhood. The new site is currently under construction (see photos on flickr) and will open by September 4th for all your gear library needs! Before we re-open, we need your help to pack up our old office and prep our new one:
THIS SATURDAY, August 11, we will be framing walls and hanging doors at the new office at 8 AM to 6 PM. Lunch will be provided. Contact Kyle at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 510-452-2298 x302 if you have construction experience and would like to help.
On August 21, we will be having an all-day Volunteer Day at our current office from 9 AM to 9 PM. We need all the help we can get to pack up our gear library for the move to our new location. Food and refreshments will be provided. Leftover gear from our gear sale will also be available, free of charge, to all volunteers! Contact Aaron at email@example.com or call 510-452-2298 x301 if you want to volunteer.
We greatly appreciate all the continued support of all of you and hope to see you at the new office!
Go backpacking. Get even more free gear!
Backpacking for Kids is underway and we want you to be a part of it. Be one of the next 10 people to register and choose between a FREE shell jacket or pants from Columbia, Outdoor Research, or Mountain Hardware to add to your free gear package! Promotion details.
Choose from one of two adventures and be one of the first participants to hit the trail with us. We’re offering two beautiful Northern Californian trails: Skyline to Sea and Ohlone Wilderness. Along with your backpacking adventure, you’ll get $500 worth of free gear to keep after your trip, as a thank you for helping us get kids outdoors.
Held in beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah, the Outdoor Retailer tradeshow attracts thousands of companies and outdoor focussed organizations from around the world to share their products and visions. This year, Program Director Aaron Gilbert accompanied Mike Kawalek and Kyle Macdonald to solicit gear for our gear libraries, as well as our Adventure Fundraising programs. Too many generous sponsors to list them all, but meetings were held, and generosity was extended from Outside Magazine, Osprey Packs, Mountaineers Books, Leki, Eureka! and lots more. A special shout out to team Expedition Denali, who took the show by storm, and will inspire youth of color—and particularly African American youth—to get outside, get active, and become stewards of our wild places. BAWT’s beloved former Program Director, Chelsea Griffie will join as they ascend America’s highest peak in this historic expedition next summer.
Notes from the Trail:
Welcome New Board Members Taka Isshiki and Caroline Teng! Both come with business experience and raft loads of enthusiasm! Taka even jumped right in and attended our Camping at the Presidio Training last weekend.
Interns Needed BAWT needs a few good, motivated, young people to join the team as interns. Available internships: Marketing, Climbing for Kids.