There is an ancient Native American proverb that reads “Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.”
But what if the children we’re borrowing the Earth from are never given the chance to see the outdoors and back country that many of us take for granted? What if all these youth know of the outdoors is that the dirt lot in the neighborhood isn’t safe after dark? That the mountains are far away and not something they see as a place to find relaxation and enjoyment, but rather a place filled with insurmountable challenges and fear? How will these young people grow up to enjoy and be stewards of the outdoors without a connection to mountains and valleys, lakes and streams, trails and campsites?
Big City Mountaineers is a national non-profit that works to get inner-city and at-risk youth into the great outdoors, ranging from over-night camp trips to week-long excursions into the back country. Serving hundreds of youth annually through its varied programs and locations, BCM is truly a model organization to introduce youth to the outdoors so that they may experience that “spark” that keeps us all returning to the mountains and valleys we treasure.
From the BCM Website:Our curriculum improves integrity, self- esteem, responsibility, decision-making abilities and communication skills in close to 1,000 youth annually. BCM has a proven track record of improving young peoples’ lives with:
• Increased likeliness to stay in school
• Reduction in violence
• Reduction in drug use
This is where Summit for Someone comes in. As the main fundraising program to provide for the BCM programs, climbers are selected to attempt summits on some of the world’s greatest peaks, each with its own fundraising goal.
Our very own Education and Stewardship Programs Manager, Justin Lilly, has been chosen to climb Mount Rainier in Washington this coming September with a fundraising minimum of $4000 and in an effort to support his goal for BCM, Tread Lightly! is stepping to the plate.
During the month of May, join Tread Lightly! as an individual member or 3-year member, and we will donate $1 towards his Summit for Someone drive. To sweeten that pot, our Education and Training Program Manager Jason as well as Justin himself will each match $1. That’s right… For each new member that signs up with Tread Lightly! through this promotion during the month of May, $3 will be collected to assist Big City Mountaineers get our nation’s at-risk youth into the outdoors, not to mention supporting Tread Lightly!’s education and stewardship programs protecting the resources and access necessary to fully appreciate the outdoors.
Please join us as we support Justin’s climb, and actively work to build a future community of stewards to care for the lands and waterways we all enjoy.
In order for your membership application to be counted for this, make sure to check “Summit For Someone” under the “What drove you to join Tread Lightly!” heading. Additional tax-deductible donations can be made by visiting Justin’s climber page, linked below.
Tread Lightly! Memberships –
Big City Mountaineers –
Justin’s Summit For Someone page –