What is Climbing for Kids?
Climbing for Kids is a fundraising challenge that supports Bay Area Wilderness Training (BAWT), a nonprofit organization that gets at-risk and underserved youth out of the city and into the wild. BAWT is a project of the Earth Island Institute, a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation founded by environmental activist and climber David Brower.
By joining Climbing For Kids, for every $1,000 you raise, an average of 17 youth will have the unique opportunity to enjoy the wilderness with experienced adult trip leaders and top-of-the-line outdoor gear. Best of all, you’ll be making a serious difference in the lives of Bay Area youth, many of whom have had little sustained contact with the natural environment.
BAWT’s Mission Statement
BAWT’s mission is to create opportunities for Bay Area youth to experience the wilderness firsthand. To achieve our mission, we train teachers and youth workers, provide free outdoor gear loans, give financial support, and foster community collaboration.
BAWT serves as a vital, comprehensive and ongoing source of support for various organizations that lead youth wilderness trips. We believe that urban youth should have the same oppportunties as other children and teenagers to enjoy and thrive in the wilderness. Further, we believe that exposure to the wilderness allows youth to have a broader sense of themselves and their world by opening up new horizons.
BAWT currently serves the nine counties of the San Francisco Bay Area. We hope other organizations will take our vision and provide similar services to underserved youth in the rest of the state, country and across the world.
BAWT’s primary strategy for achieving its mission is to provide Bay Area teachers and youth agency staff with wilderness leadership training and outdoor equipment so that they, along with the youth they serve, may explore the power and beauty of California’s wilderness.
With this vision and strategy in mind, BAWT has developed a set of four core values:
1. DIVERSITY: We seek to promote a diverse community of environmental educators.
2. RISK: We foster the virtues of positive, calculated risk taking.
3. ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP: We honor and protect the earth.
4. RELATIONSHIPS: We nurture a culture of learning through relationships.