A Note from the Founder
Friends of BAWT,
This spring marked a tipping point for BAWT: we took a giant step in becoming a truly regional organization. Last September we hired Cisco Martin del Campo to start up our new office in Milpitas. By this issue, BAWT has implemented separate, email-ready gear-request forms unique to the South Bay and SF and is well on its way to building a thriving community of youth-serving wilderness buffs in the area. This June we trained 6 new youth workers from the South Bay (read more about the spring trips in our new WLTalk column!). Each of these trainees will, on average, take 17 youth outdoors in the next year – that’s a projected 102 youth outside, to add to the 247 youth we’ve already reached in 2008! Finally, to highlight BAWT’s regional impact, we’ve built a Google Map that’s graphically stunning as it loads all the sites in which we’ve made an impact around the bay and allows users to see organizations we’ve served over the years. Enjoy the newsletter, then enjoy some more of the summer season outside!
Founder and CEO
As of June 2008, BAWT has served 6,156 youth through WLT-trained leaders and 741 through CAP-trained leaders. To do this, BAWT has trained 471 leaders through WLTs and 89 through CAP! Congratulations to all!
By Eve Skylar
Programs Associate, Camping at the Presidio Coordinator
“During our CAP trip, we saw lots of birds, big ones, little ones –we saw an owl, a heron, and a hawk,” a youth from Lazarus House roared in excitement when asked about his June 28th-30th Camping at the Presidio trip. This year, CAP is offering new educational, guided programs, including bird watching, plant restoration and other service projects on top of the regularly offered, site-specific programs.
For information about eligibility criteria, costs, and the camping package, please call CAP Manager, Miguel Gutierrez at (415) 290-8092 or click here.
By Chelsea Griffie
BAWT Program Director
The Wilderness Leadership Training is our flagship course. It’s the heartbeat of BAWT. It’s the quality time that we get to spend in the backcountry getting to know some of our favorite people. These favorite people will, in turn, complete our mission of leading their youth outdoors. Because BAWT has so much going on in the spring, it’s the most challenging time of year for me, but also the most fun.
June WLT: 3 Bears, a Little Smoke, a Great Time!
The weather for the June WLT was a lot more congenial. The skies were sunny and clear, even the smoke from California’s wild fires was pretty mild. It definitely decreased visibility on the big views, but it was never a hazard for breathing. The haze decreased significantly as we went deeper into the Kibbie Canyon toward Kibbie Lake.
Go here to see the video if the above video is not working.
September 10-14, 2008
Pre-trip meeting September 6, 2008
Christian Hackbarth, 24 year old
assistant middle school program coordinator for Seven Tepees
What was your favorite moment during the training?
After camping for 15 years, I saw my first bear in the wild!
What is your next step after the WLT?
I will take the first responder training and maybe I’d like to become a BAWT instructor.
What would you say to someone who is considering taking a WLT?
Take it, definitely! People think they know everything about wilderness but in fact they don’t (and they think they don’t need training).
|Emily Hagan stands on the summit of Mt. Hood. The entire
team of 4 climbers summitted in beautiful weather on the
morning of July 6th, 2008.
CFK: Tough Conditions on Shasta Made for a Real Adventure
By Cliff Agocs
Climbing For Kids Coordinator
In December of 2007 Michael Hannigan decided to climb Mt. Shasta to support Bay Area Wilderness Training. “BAWT is the real deal,” he wrote in a simple letter to his friends and colleagues. “I believe in what BAWT is accomplishing with these kids. To convince you to help me with my fundraising, I have kicked it off with a $1,000 contribution of my own.”
NEW! Come share your experience and add your photos to our new CFK facebook group! Click here to join, and don’t forget to invite your friends!
By Cisco Martin del Campo, Jr.
South Bay Programs Associate
The South Bay BAWT office is alive and busy with gear requests, receiving gear donations, and training South Bay youth leaders. The demand for gear during the month of June and the generous gear donations from North Face and Back to Earth have helped the South Bay gear library provide four youth organizations simultaneously with camping and backpacking gear. During the June 2008 WLT, BAWT trained four new youth leaders from After School All Stars and a teacher from Pala Middle School. We already have a variety of South Bay organizations attending the September WLT, so get your application in soon!! We are also growing a South Bay advisory committee and are in need of another South Bay intern. Contact Cisco to join the fun! Check thewebpage for updates.
BAWT approached Whole Foods at the beginning of 2008 with the hopes of partnering with the new Potrero Hill Market in San Francisco. BAWT is highlighted in and will benefit from both the Potrero Hill and the Franklin Markets until October 15th, 2008. BAWT is currently working on expanding this donation program to more Whole Foods stores in San Francisco.
So if you shop at Whole Foods Market, bring your own bag and make a donation to BAWT. Save the environment while helping us get more kids outdoors! You will notice our BAWT logo at the cashier when checking out.
Potrero Hill: 450 Rhode Island St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Franklin: 1765 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
To me being in a group is whatever you make it, whether that is good or bad is up to you and our group mates. Everyone depends on each other, because if one person doesn’t do what is needed for the group, the whole group is out of luck and has to deal with the consequences of that, not just that one person.
Student at Soquel High, Santa Cruz City School District
Todd Carpenter, Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati
Alison Gooding, Credo Mobile
Jill Greenblatt, College Access Foundation
Matt Hitchcock, YMCA Richmond
Laura Lifland, Union Bank of Switzerland
Junaid Mohiuddin, McKinsey & Co
Robert Pascual, Robert Pascual & Associates
David Scott, Knova Software
Ron Soto, California Youth Outreach
Eri Suzuki, East Bay Regional Park District
Joe White, Secorix
Dan Zucker, Sun Microsystems
Cliff Agocs, Climbing for Kids Coordinator
Chelsea Griffie, Program Director
Kyle Macdonald, Founder and CEO
Cisco Martin Del Campo, Program Associate
Roger Miller, Executive Director
Michael Mitrani, Outreach Coordinator
Eve Skylar, Program Associate
Karen Campbell, Program
Elyzabeth Dehapiot, Marketing
Jennifer Hoffman, Development
Carey Myslewski, CFK
Caroline Reissenweber, Program
Mavis Yang, CFK