Programs Intern Alfonso having a ball painting the new office.
Thanks to all our awesome volunteers, board members, staff, interns, and the BAWT community, our new Oakland office is now open for business! We are fully moved and have begun minor renovations to the new location. Although we still have a little more work to do, the office is open for meetings and inquiries—we even got the internet up!
Last week was our very first pre-trip meeting at the new office for the September Wilderness Leadership Training. Be part of the next BAWT course coming up and sign up for the Frontcountry Leadership Training course, where you will learn all the basic skills needed to lead safe, fun, and well-organized car-camping trips.
Our new gear library features a garage that you can simply pull up to and load or unload gear. No more narrow ramp to drive back and forth on! The new gear library will be fully functional for pick-ups and drop-offs on Tuesday, September 18, 2012.
If you have any questions feel free to call us at 510-452-2298.
Get an Alpine Start at the Palace Hotel
Please join us for a special FREE fundraising breakfast and meet BAWT’s new Executive Director, Scott Wolland. Also featured will be an all new inspirational video starring youth from the Urban Promise Academy, testimonials from youth workers, and a delicious breakfast.
This event will take place on Tuesday, October 9th from 8:00 to 9:00 am with coffee being served at 7:30 am. Festivities will be held at the Gold Ballroom in the Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105.
The Palace Hotel is located on the corner of New Montgomery and Market Street directly above the Montgomery Street BART station. Route planning information available at www.511.org. Driving directions available at www.sfpalace.com/directions.
Kyle, Janice Swaisgood, and Avery Cleary at the Grassroots Gathering in Shepherdsville, West Virginia. More photos from the gathering here.
There’s a movement afoot, to connect kids to nature, and you and BAWT are an important part of it. I was thrilled to attend, in late August, the Children and Nature Network’s annual Grassroots Gathering. This year, the setting was the beautiful National Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center, in Shepherdsville, WV. The natural setting was gorgeous, amidst the color of the hardwood forest and rolling hills, with the Patomic River creating the entire northern border of the campus. But ultimately, it was the people that lead the movement that made the two day conference so exciting. This year, there was a focus on what Rich Louv calls Natural Cultural Capacity. BAWT friends Rue Mapp, of Outdoor Afro, Akkima Price, from EE Capacity and a host of others gathered two days early to discuss how the movement, and in particular, how the Children and Nature Network, can be inclusive of ALL children. Another focus was Natural Leaders, and the young people that, as Juan Martinez says, are the young leaders of today. While many of these amazing young people were amongst us at the conference, a wave of them arrived in West Virginia on Saturday and began a 5-day Legacy Camp, where they took on the task of sharing and learning the organizing and outdoor skills that will allow them to take the movement back to their communities around the country.
When I arrived in my dorm room at the Rachel Carson Lodge on the first day and found Silent Spring sitting on my nightstand, I knew, once again, I was in the right place. But I was also in the right place because I was representing all of you, who care deeply about getting kids outside, into fresh air, and under the never-ending stars.
For more info on the Children & Nature network, please visit:
Climbing for Kids has raised over $96,000 for our organization with more donations coming in! This will help get over 1,600 youth outdoors! Thanks so much to our donors and climbers, who took on this incredible challenge by climbing various mountains to get youth outdoors. Check out Amara’s inspirational reflection on summiting Mount Olympus at www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mDqSVGgAaE. CFK 2013 will launch this November – watch email for more details!
Internship Positions are available at our organization! Need experience? Want to help get youth outdoors? We have internship positions open for Programs and Marketing in Oakland and the Presidio. If interested, click on the internship for more info and email the designated manager.