Backpacking for Kids is underway and we want you to be a part of it! Choose one of two adventures in beautiful Northern California: the Skyline to Sea and Ohlone Wilderness.
Grab a pack and get on the right trail
The Skyline to Sea trail begins in Saratoga at Castle Rock State Park, where wonderful vistas stretching to the sea can be seen. The second and thrid days traverse ancient redwoods in Big Basin Redwoods State Park, passing the impressive Berry Creek Falls and ending at the edge of Amercia at Waddell Beach. More photos and detail about Skyline to Sea trail at everytrail.com/guide/skyline-to-the-sea-trail
With your adventure, get $500 worth of free gear to keep after your trip. Register today and be one of the first participants to hit the trail with us!
Youth Leader Passes On Skills
Rena and her youth group dropping off gear at our Oakland Gear Library
“The youth I brought in yesterday are AH. Maze. ING.” -Rena
Rena Payan is a youth leader from the Richmond Village Beacon in San Francisco. She recently took her youth on a trip to Point Reyes. Her group that came to drop off gear include 3 high school Seniors, 3 Juniors, and 1 Sophomore – three of which have never been backpacking or camping before. They hiked a total of 43 miles over the course of three weeks and led a dozen 9-12 year olds on frontcountry and backpacking trips! They also traveled everywhere on public transportation and maintained 18 tents. It looks like Rena took BAWT’s mission the extra mile: helping YOUTH get youth outdoors!
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June 2012 WLT graduatues celebrating the end of a 5-day backpacking course
On June 24th with sunkissed cheeks, dirt lines around their ankles, and ear-to-ear grins, seventeen Wilderness Leadership Training graduates exited the wilderness of Yosemite and entered our beloved BAWT community. Please welcome them and congratulate them on their accomplishments. Better yet, join them!
Become a WLT alumni and sign up for the September course. The WLT is more than a training course, and this 37th WLT proved that once again. Carlee Scheinfeld, a recipient of the Amy Chamberlain Scholarship, had this to say about her experience:
“The WLT is remarkable in many unique ways. Not only does it do what other professional development trainings do in bringing together youth leaders from all different programs, it provides an incredible space for community building and deep inquiry into ones own strengths and areas of potential growth…In my WLT experience, the best in each participant was drawn out. Youth leaders shared their best ideas for group management and modeled fun ways of working with youth…We created a community of support which will continue to help us in the future as we endeavor to bring youth outdoors.”
Notes from the Trail:
Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Ever wonder what that piece of first-aid gear was in your Adventure Medical Kit? Take the WFR and your whole kit will make perfect sense! Dates are August 5-15. Course is filling quick, register at bawt.org/wfr.
Climbing for Kids (CFK) As you are reading this, we have had 4 climbers descend and 4 more climbers ascend Mt. Shasta. Congrats and good luck to them! If you would like to summit a mountain yourself, we have spots open for Mt. Whitney! More information at climbingforkids.org
Mountain House freeze-dried foods is generously donating meals to charities based on miles hiked by anyone. BAWT is their current charity and we are asking for 800 meals for youth workers during wilderness trainings. If you went out hiking, be sure to log in your miles under the Miles for Meals tab on Mountain House’s Facebook page. Only about 200 more miles to fill our request!