Exciting changes at BAWT this spring!
We can’t wait to share the good news with you: BAWT welcomed a new staff member, partnered in a nationwide campaign to get kids outside, and registered 32 amazing climbers for our Climbing for Kids fundraising program!
We have a few special events coming up soon – as well as gifts for Stargazer-level donors. Check out our Notes from the Trail section for more info.
Thank you for your continued support and we hope to see you soon!
Goodbye Chelsea – Welcome Aaron, our new Program Director!
After six years as BAWT’s Program Director, Chelsea Griffie is officially off and hiking – first taking a National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) instructor course – and then she’s off to Los Angeles to start Los Angeles Wilderness Training (LAWT)! Before leaving, Chelsea helped bring Aaron Gilbert on board to continue leading BAWT’s programs. Aaron has been associated with BAWT in the past as a youthworker using our programs, then as a leader, and instructor.
“Five years ago I met Kyle and Chelsea at my Wilderness Leadership Training (WLT). I was already leading backpacking trips with youth and thought I knew everything I needed to know. No matter the skill level, WLT is an amazing experience. I am honored to have the responsibility of leading BAWT courses and helping train outdoor leaders among youth workers in the Bay Area.”
Over 500 events in 44 States: Let’s GO!
April was an incredible month for the national movement to connect youth to nature. Let’s GO! (Get Outside), an initiative of the Children & Nature Network, made it possible for kids and families around the country to get outside. BAWT participated locally through fundraising, organizing, and outreach. Local activities included Family Play Day with WildZone. We are proud to participate in what is assuredly the first of many events, locally and nationally.
Read more stories from around the Bay Area, California, and the rest of the country at the Children & Nature Network’s online community >
Climbing for Kids Updates
There are only six spots remaining for this year’s Climbing for Kids fundraising program. You can still climb Mt. Shasta August 11-14!There are 32 amazing climbers busy training for their climb and fundraising for BAWT. Thousands of kids will go outside this year with the support of our dedicated and generous climbers!
Climber Profile – Chris Watson
Chris Watson has been an all-star fundraiser — doubling his efforts and his goal.
“Fundraising is much easier than I expected. I believe that people are inclined to donate to causes that offer a tangible benefit. The idea of introducing children to the beauty of California’s wilderness, especially those who otherwise might not be able to enjoy it without the sponsorship of BAWT, is a very inviting program.
Now with all my friends financially supporting BAWT and rooting me on, I have embraced my training with a new sense of conviction. I am steadily increasing my weekly mileage, and after three weeks I am hiking with 40-50 lbs in my pack. Last Saturday I did 11 miles with almost 2,200 of vertical in 3 hours and 20 minutes. The best thing about the training hikes – I am finding great new trails to hike.”
Want to help support Chris or climbers like him?
Donate and learn more at www.climbingforkids.org
Notes from the Trail
Attention members of the Sleeping Under the Stars Society, donors at the Stargazer-level or above:
Check your mailbox for the latest issue of the award-winning environmental magazine Earth Island Journal, coming to you this month courtesy of BAWT! It’s our way of saying “thank you” to supporters like you for all of your support! Want to know what it takes to be a “Stargazer”? Email Mike Kawalek firstname.lastname@example.org!
Presidio camping success
Camping at the Presidio (CAP) combines programming from the National Park Service and the Crissy Field Center at a newly designed campsite, Rob Hill, in San Francisco’s historic Presidio. CAP’s second season has opened with a bang. Here it is, only May and more than 500 kids have camped overnight at the site; the campsites are fully booked for the entire season! Check out this video featuring the campsite at KTVU’s website >
Youth-led movement to promote the outdoors
Also at the Presidio, BAWT will help host this year’s Outdoor Nation on July 30 and 31. Young delegates (ages 18-26) are encouraged to apply online. Go here to learn more: www.outdoornation.org
Come hike with us!
Join us for a Sunset Hike in the South Bay at Monte Bello Open Space, Friday June 3, 2011, 6:00 p.m. Bring a picnic and enjoy the sunset over the Pacific! For more info, contact Scott Vanderlip via email or at (650) 793-0475.
If you can’t make this hike, you still have a chance to join the last few Climbing for Kids training hikes of the year. You don’t have to be a climber to get on out there with this crew. Come along, cheer them on, and enjoy the Spring!
The Nature Principle – a new book from our friend Richard Louv
Author Richard Louv was in town last week to promote his new book, The Nature Principle. Just as powerful as his earlier book, Last Child in the Woods, this book focuses on adults and how to forge a future society where we’re all connected to nature.
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