This past summer, we had the support of one terrific 19 year old. Amanda Champion worked hard, with both Outdoors Empowered Network and our Bay Area Program Member- Bay Area Wilderness Training. Here's a little of what she had to say about her experience.
Why we do it: Connecting people with people and people with gear.
When I am working at Bay Area Wilderness Training, I get to see some of the impacts that our work has on the community. Talking with people returning or picking up their outdoor gear gives me a little taste of the wonders and surprises that happen when people get outside. The work is not easy (when people return tents, we have to set them all up and take them all down to check for damage), but seeing the impact and sheer numbers of sleeping bags that have been filled with children who had never gone camping is worth it. There is nothing more satisfying than knowing that you made a direct positive impact on the lives of people in your community through your hard work!
To read her full Blog Post and read why she had a kitten in her hand, follow the link! http://blogs.whitman.edu/sec/2016/07/13/summer-intern-amanda-champion-19-get-kids-outside-with-bay-area-wilderness-training-the-outdoors-empowered-network-in-san-francisco-ca/