Past OAKs

>> Andy's West Coast Ride
>> Nick's Long Walk


What is Bay Area Wilderness Training (BAWT)?

A: Bay Area Wilderness Training (BAWT) is a project of Earth Island Institute, a 501(c)(3) corporation founded by environmental activist and climber David Brower. Brower’s legacy as a climber with hundreds of first ascents on High Sierra peaks is only overshadowed by his legacy as a tireless champion of the environment. Read more: about BAWT, Brower and Earth Island Institute.

Q: What is OAK?

A: Outdoor Adventures for Kids (OAK) is a program that helps outdoor enthusiasts turn their outdoor adventures into fundraisers for Bay Area Wilderness Training. With the help of OAK, you can turn just about any activity into a fundraiser: a backpacking trip, a bike ride, a mountain climb, roller skating across the country… the possibilities are endless!

Q: What is the purpose of Outdoor Adventures for Kids?

A: To give a deeper level of meaning to peoples’ personal outdoor adventures. You choose and organize your own adventure - something that will be fun, adventurous, and interesting to you. We’ll help provide you with gear and make it easy for you to use your adventure as a way to fundraise for BAWT. Your outdoor adventure will provide funds for innovative programs that help get deserving young people on their own adventures.

Q: What do you mean by "deeper level of meaning?"

Make a difference in kids’ lives; the money that you raise gives underprivileged youth the chance to experience the outdoors first-hand.

Challenge yourself and demonstrate leadership and creativity by creating and leading your own personalized fundraising project.

Q: What kinds of activities can be turned into fundraisers for Outdoor Activities for Kids?

A: Just about any outdoor activity can be turned into an outdoor adventure fundraiser. In general, the activity should satisfy the following criteria:

Get outside!—Outdoor Adventures for Kids is about connecting people to nature, so get out there.

Challenge yourself!—Your adventure is an opportunity to grow. Don’t be afraid to try something that will be challenging to you. Lots of people have achieved personal goals or discovered new passions through their fundraising projects.

Do what you like!—What makes a great adventure is up to you. Have fun and do something you will enjoy!

Some examples of activities include: Bike rides, swims, runs, rock climbs, thru-hikes, backpacking trips, kayaking, canoeing, triathalons, or cragging. Casual outdoor adventures can also make great fundraisers: camping trips, sports days, bird watching, barbeques, or other gatherings in the great outdoors. The possibilities are endless!

Q: How do I create my Outdoor Adventure for Kids?

A: It’s easy! See How OAK Works for more details

Q: What should I set as my fundraising goal?

A: Aim high! Previous Outdoor Adventures for Kids have raised between $1,500-$5,000. You’ll be surprised how much money you can raise when you start to ask. We have the tools and resources to help you accomplish your fundraising goals. See Fundraising for more details.

Q: How much of the money I raise will go to BAWT?

A: 100% of the money you raise goes to support Bay Area Wilderness Training and our programs to get at-risk youth out on life-affirming wilderness adventures.

Q: What free gear and prizes do I get?

A: Our corporate partners offer some of the best outdoor gear in the world. You’ll choose your prizes based on how much money you raise. See Free Gear for more details.

Q: Who can participate in a fundraising activity for OAK?

A: Anyone age 18 or over may lead a fundraising activity. Younger outdoor enthusiasts who wish to lead fundraising activities must have adult supervision.

Q: Can I do my outdoor adventure with another person?

A: Yes! Adventures are often the most fun with a team. Fundraising as a team can also be a great way to meet new friends.